Dereham Theatre Company
 

 

Box Office now open for Beauty and the Beast, A Passionate Woman and the 70th Anniversary Celebration now available

Telephone 01362 288 124

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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
 
 
 
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Dereham Theatre Company - BlackadderGoesForth

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Blackadder Goes Forth

Director - Paul Woodhouse

Assistant Director - Fiona Faulds

 
Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th March 2014
at Dereham Memorial Hall
 
 


 
CAST

CAPTAIN EDMUND BLACKADDER - Lee Johnson
LIEUTENANT THE HONOURABLE GEORGE COLTHURST ST. BARLEIGH - Lee Chapman
PRIVATE S. BALDRICK - Andy Lofthouse
GENERAL SIR ANTHONY CECIL HOGMANAY MELCHETT - Tony Wilds
CAPTAIN KEVIN DARLING - Gareth Evans

DRIVER BOB PARKHURST - Lisa Appleby
NURSE MARY FLETCHER-BROWN - Lavinia Pirret
BRIGADIER SIR BERNARD PROUDFOOT-SMITH - Colin Harris
FIELD MARSHAL SIR DOUGLAS HAIG - Phil Sherwood


Production Photos by Michael Lyons Photography
 

 

 


Review by Chris Hill, Eastern Daily Press Online, Sunday March 16th 2014
 
"Dereham Theatre Company performed a stage version of TV comedy Blackadder Goes Forth at Dereham Memorial Hall.

The recreation of an undisputed TV classic – whose characters were made memorable by some of the most enduring names in British comedy– must have been a daunting mission for an amateur stage cast. But Dereham Theatre Company’s “cunning plan” of performing Blackadder Goes Forth to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has to be seen as a victory for this ambitious crew.
As a huge fan of the sitcom, I’ll admit I wasn’t initially sure how I’d react to seeing such recognisable characters as Edmund Blackadder, Private Baldrick and General Melchett being played by anyone other than Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Stephen Fry. But, thanks to some superb casting, any worries were quickly forgotten, with an exuberant performance from Lee Chapman as the over-enthusiastic Lieutenant George, Gareth Evans clearly enjoying his role as the sycophantic Captain Darling and, of course the sneering, sarcastic Captain Blackadder, played with all the necessary swagger by Lee Johnson. Perhaps inevitably, the actors occasionally reverted to the mannerisms and phrasing of their TV counterparts – but all managed to put their own stamp on these much-loved personalities.
I was also unsure how many genuine laughs would be available from a script whose punchlines are so well-known, but an appreciative audience at Dereham Memorial Hall soon set me straight on that too – with many of the larger giggles generated by the delightfully dim-witted Baldrick, portrayed brilliantly by Andy Lofthouse.
Under the direction of Paul Woodhouse, the story moved effortlessly between the ramshackle squalor of the Flanders trenches to a field hospital and the offices of magnificently-mustachioed General Melchett, played to pompous perfection by Tony Wilds.
The set design was fantastic and the sound and lighting crew also deserve credit for recreating the wartime atmosphere with the injection of period music and the sounds and noise of an artillery barrage.
The show, which finished its three-night run on Saturday, incorporated three episodes of the TV series, culminating in the final episode named “Goodbyeee”, in which our heroes, having finally accepted their duty, go “over the top” into No Man’s Land as the lights fade, leaving the audience to assume that, in all probability, they would have perished in the ensuing machine gun fire.

Amid all the jokes and satire, and as intended by the original script of Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, this moment alone was sobering enough to overcome all the preceding jollity for a moment and send the audience home thinking about the indiscriminate wastage of so many lives – all those naive Baldricks, the patriotic Georges and the world-weary Blackadders who never returned from the Great War.

To reinforce that message of remembrance, the cast re-appeared wearing red poppies to accept their well-deserved applause."

 
 

 

December 2017


Diary Dates


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

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

 

2018 DOYSTCo Musical

Cats

11th - 14th April 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall

 


 

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