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


Director - Jill Jarman

Musical Director - Ian Futers

Choreographer - Rebecca Crossley

Saturday 29th Dec 2007 to Saturday 5th Jan 2008
at Dereham Memorial Hall.


CINDERELLA - Katie Wicks
BUTTONS - Paul Woodhouse
MONA HARDUP - Gareth Evans
PRINCE CHARMING - Marea Smithson
DANDINI - Julie Hewitt


Martha Bailey, Matthew Buckingham, Emelia Campbell, Ashley Cashfield, Emma Gall, Ruth Hannent, Joshua Money, Tom Monument, Heather Neave, Lavinia Pirret, Laura Smithson, Nicola Van Der Veldt, Lauren Willis


Paige Browne, Aleisje Coxon, Natalia Fletcher, Jodie Quirke, Rachael Bird, Charlotte Buckingham, Eleanor Buckingham, Amy Cuenca, Chloe Hunt, Laura Jude, Nicola McErleane, Laura Pirret]

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

Review - Ian Clarke 31 December 2007:


"There are many very predictable things about Christmas.
Decorations in the shops from August, enough chocolate to sink a fleet of battleships and cold turkey sarnies on Boxing Day are but three
And nothing is more predictable - and yet somehow as popular as ever - than the end-of-year panto.
The jokes remain corny, the endings are always happy, the goodies win over the baddies, the kids sing on stage and everyone yells “he's behind you” and “oh no he isn't” with as much exuberance as the first time they ever sampled the delights of panto.
And the enduring appeal of pantomime still manages to ensure packed houses in venues like Dereham's Memorial Hall.
The town's operatic society has plumped for perhaps the most popular of all yuletide shows.
Katie Wicks was a delightful lead role and her angelic voice complemented her warm personality as Cinderella. Her real-life fiance, Paul Woodhouse, made his debut in panto and was a real crowd favourite as the loveable Buttons.
The society has developed a great ability in mixing its cast with experienced performers and newcomers and this year is no different.
No Dereham panto would be the same without Tony Wilds and he formed a great partnership as the ugly sisters with Gareth Evans.
Marea Smithson was an excellent Prince Charming and could easily get a job as a Prince Charles impersonator!
Nick Bird (Baron Hardup), Julie Hewitt (Dandini) and Pat Tabor (Fairy Godmother) also deserve mention and the leading roles were well supported by the dancers, other performers and the behind the scenes team.
Predictable, yes. Enjoyable, definitely."

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