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
Dereham Operatic Society

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Terry Pratchett's

Wyrd Sisters

Director - Paul Allum

Creative Consultant - Sophie Blanks

 
10th to 12th March 2016
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 
 

'Terry Pratchett' and 'Discworld' are registered trademarks. Performance royalties for this amateur production were donated to The Orangutan Foundation



CAST
GRANNY WEATHERWAX- Philippa Baillie
NANNY OGG - Karen Bates
MAGRAT GARLICK - Chloe Annison
DUKE FELMET - Lee Johnson
LADY FELMET - Irina Goodwin
THE FOOL - Liam Pudwell
KING VERENCE - Matt Scantlebury
HWEL/SERGEANT - Colin Harris
TOMJON/SOLDIER/GUARD - Ollie Ludman (Stand-in: Paul Allum)
VITOLLER/GUARD/ACTOR 'WITCH' - Tom Monument
BOWMAN/DEMON/ROBBER/BEDLIN - Phil Sherwood
SOLDIER/GUARD/ROBBER/ACTOR - Doug Bailey
CHAMBERLAIN/ACTOR 'WITCH' - Sandra Miller
ACTOR/PEASANT/GUMRIDGE - Lavinia Pirret
MRS VITOLLER/ACTOR 'WITCH' - Sarah Margree
GUARDS - Haydn Rogers, Chris Smart
WATCHER - Ellie Buckingham



Review by Doug Faulkner, Dereham Times, March 2016
 
"While Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld might not be somewhere most Dereham theatre goers spend a lot of time this fantastical romp kept them enthralled.
 
Wyrd Sisters is a satirical take on Shakespeare's Macbeth with the witches taking a leading role.
Set in the tiny feudal kingdom of Lancre the story begins with the murder of King Verence (Matt Scantlebury) by his brother Duke Velmut (Lee Johnson) and his wife Lady Velmut (Irina Goodwin).
 
The heir to the throne is left with the coven of witches led by Granny Weatherwax (Philippa Baillie), who sets about putting the kingdom to rights/meddling.
 
What follows is a raucous tale, mainly thanks to the coarse Nanny Ogg (Karen Bates), with plenty of fireworks, literally, to keep the audience entertained throughout.
 
The Velmuts were a particular highlight with a clear chemistry and joy in the antagonist roles.
 
Chloe Annison gave a good portrayal of the put-upon young witch Magrat Garick opposite her romantic interest The Fool, played by Liam Pudwell.
 
With the final show falling on the anniversary of the writer's death the production, directed by Pratchett fan Paul Allum, was a fitting tribute to one of the country's best-loved authors, showcasing his quirky humour and reflective nature.
 
The production also collected for Alzheimer's UK, of which Pratchett was a patron."
 

June 2017


Diary Dates


 
Fusion
14th - 15th July 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
3rd - 7th October 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
Beauty and the Beast
27th December 2017 - 1st January 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall
 

 
A Passionate Woman
8th - 10th March 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall