Dereham Theatre Company


Tickets now on sale for DOSYTCo's Concert

"Everybody's Talking About DOSYTCo" 


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
All queries should be directed
through our Facebook Page 
Dereham Operatic Society

Pirates of Penzance (Broadway)

Director - Amanda Howell

Musical Director - Charlie Caine

7th to 14th October 2006
at Dereham Memorial Hall.


RUTH - Christine Newell
FREDERIC - Nick Bird
MABEL - Katie Wicks
SAMUEL - Ken Davis
EDITH - Linda Campbell
KATE - Julie Hewitt
ISABEL - Joanne Madden


Consuelo Booth, Sarah Browne, Charlotte Buckingham, Kerrie Barnett-Fiddy, Laura Jude, Val Lofthouse, Lisa Parnham, Lavinia Pirret, Helen Stack, Jessica Stocking, Jeanie Woods


David Chapman, Ron Eaglen, Barry Egerton, Adam Field-Wright, David Filer, Tony George, Colin Harris, Philip Haynes, Nick King, Andy Lofthouse, Tom Monument, Martyn Rolfe, Gregory Reeve, Kevin Reeve, John Stocking, Paul Woodhouse and Jake Champion


Peter Mottram, Arthur Tribe


Ruth Hannent, Jane Mack, Heather Neave, Jackie Buckingham

The following pictures are a selection from our pre-show publicity shots:

Review - Richard Parr:

It was anchors aweigh on a rip-roaring song and dance adventure at the gala performance of Dereham Operatic Society's jazzed-up Broadway version of the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite.
And what a sparkling Saturday evening's entertainment it proved to be, with hard-working cast giving a refreshing vitality to this famous operetta. From the start, the action set a breathless pace that was maintained to the end. This the society's 58th musical was a real tour-de-force, with every individual in the cast contributing to the overall dazzling effect.
John McInnes coped well with the demanding role of the Pirate King, with the wonderful Nick Bird as the apprentice pirate (his Elvis cameo was marvellous). Nick's partnership with the lovely Katie Wicks, as Mabel, was a joy to watch.
Director Amanda Howell and musical director Charlie Caine can be congratulated on a production that was not only a musical triumph but contained rich strands of comedy. This was particularly so in the appearance of the policemen. Paul Woodhouse, as their sergeant, almost stole the show with his acrobatic antics and "rubbery" arm and leg movements. He was an absolute hoot and a firm favourite with the audience. David Rees was an admirable Major General, looking every inch the part in his white tropics uniform.
The appearance of his beavy of beautiful daughters in their pretty pastel dresses and ribboned bonnets created a colourful vista as they danced and skipped across the stage. In a show full of well-known numbers, several stood out, including How Beautifully Blue the Sky, When the Foreman Bares His Steel, With Cat Like Tread and Oh Better Far to Live and Die."

May 2019

Diary Dates



Everybody's Talking About DOSYTCo
12th - 13th July 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


2019 AGM

71st Annual General Meeting
29th April 2019
The Studio


2019 Autumn Musical

1st - 5th October 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


Christmas Pantomime

27th Dec 2019- 1st Jan 2020
Dereham Memorial Hall