Dereham Theatre Company


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Telephone 01362 288 124

Bright & Beautiful Flowers
3A Wellington Road, Dereham
NR19 2BP

Dereham Memorial Hall, where most of our productions are performed

Dereham Theatre Company (formerly Dereham Operatic Society) is a charitable Trust and was formed in 1948 to offer the local community education and enlightenment in amateur dramatic arts. A very grand way of saying that we were formed to entertain the people of Dereham and Norfolk!

Our Shakespearian motto "Mere folk who give distraction are we" comes from Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate", which we first performed in 1970, and is based upon one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays "The Taming of the Shrew".

We stage three productions a year (not including the productions of our youth group) including a major musical in the autumn, a pantomime over the Christmas period and a play in the spring.  There is something for everyone!

If you are looking to join one of the premier operatic and dramatic societies in Norfolk as either a performer (we actively encourage all whatever your ability or experience, whether you are a singer, an actor, dancer, or just enjoy being on stage), backstage helper, front of house staff or just looking to purchase some tickets for our next show ........ you need look no further; Welcome to our website.

Quick Contacts


Rehearsal Studio
The Studio
Rear of Dereham Memorial Hall
62 Norwich Street
East Dereham
Norfolk, NR19 1AD
chairman at dosoc dot co dot uk
treasurer at dosoc dot co dot uk
website at dosoc dot co dot uk


Director - Barbara Mews

Musical Director - Kevin Bell

Choreographer - Olga Barry

9th to 16th October 2004
at Dereham Memorial Hall

CAST (in order of appearance)

PATRICK DENNIS (age 10) - Jacob Lovewell/Ryan Goodge
AGNES GOOCH - Linda Campbell
MAME DENNIS - Jill Everett
RALPH DEVINE - Doug Hartley
BISHOP - John Stocking
ITO - Nick Bird
DOORMAN - Peter Dear
ELEVATOR BOY - Ian Doughty
DWIGHT BABCOCK - Peter Mottram
ART MODEL - Joanne Madden
DANCE TEACHER - Patricia Goodwins
LEADING MAN - Colin Harris
STAGE MANAGER - Martyn Rolfe
GREGOR - Tom Monument
UNCLE JEFF - Peter Dear
COUSIN FAN - Joan Syrett
SALLY CATO - Julie Hewitt
PATRICK DENNIS (age 19-29) - Gareth Evans
MRS UPSON - Marjorie Dingle
MR UPSON - Colin Harris
GLORIA UPSON - Jacqui Hardy
PEGEEN RYAN - Kerrie Barnett
PETER DENNIS - Jacob Lovewell/Ryan Goodge


Kerrie Barnett, Amy Cuenca, Amy Daniels, Patricia Goodwins, Jacqui Hardy, Julie Hewitt, Sandra Moore, Jeanie Woods


Heather Barnard, Joanne Madden, Sheila Terry, Joyce Neale, Jennie Groom, Christine Haines, Hannah Rolfe, Joan Syrett, Heather Neave, Lavinia Pirret


Peter Dear, Ian Doughty, Gareth Evans, Colin Harris, Doug Hartley, Tom Monument, Peter Mottram, Martyn Rolfe, John Stocking, Nick King

Review by Lynnette Alcock (EDP Tuesday, October 12th 2004)
From the moment the glittering costumes shimmered across the stage in the opening act of Mame, the audience was captivated. Dereham Operatic Society whisked us back to a 1920s New York bubbling over with glitz, glamour, booze and girls. A superb set, brilliant costumes and the enthusiasm of the cast could not help but draw you into the party, leaving your toes tapping and your funny bone well and truly tickled. Jill Everett delivers an outstanding performance as Auntie Mame, a New York socialite who inherits a young nephew called Patrick. She is the queen of the ball and you love her, whether it is for getting the party going with a bang, being a tender mother figure to Patrick or simply as the crestfallen underdog when she is facing poverty. Ryan Goodge is a loveable and charming Patrick, performing with a level of talent and maturity far beyond his years. Also, the on-stage dynamic between him and his Auntie Mame is magical. Pat Tabor does an excellent job as Mame's drunken celebrity companion, Vera Charles, and Linda Campbell plays the sheltered but highly entertaining Agnes Gooch fantastically. Nick Bird plays Mame's butler, Ito, who, by about 15 minutes into the action, cannot even walk across the stage without making you laugh, let alone when he delivers his lines. The cast and chorus are littered with gems of talent that shine like stars at their given moments. The musical is both touching and human but also highly amusing, at points leaving the audience crying with laughter long after the scene is finished. The songs are catchy and the front-of-house orchestra did not so much as miss a beat throughout the entire performance. Mame has not been shown in the West End since the 1980s, a shame because it is a wonderful story. This production sparkles from start to finish."

April 2018

Diary Dates


DTCo 70th Anniversary Celebration

9th June 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall



DTCo/DOSYTCo 70th Anniversary Concert

20th July - 21st July 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Autumn Musical

The Producers

2nd - 6th October 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Pantomime

Sleeping Beauty

27th Dec 2018 - 1st Jan 2019

Dereham Memorial Hall