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

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Hairspray (DOSYTCo)

Director - Chris Dilley

Musical Director - Helen Curson

Choreographer - Jodie Quirke

8th to 11th April 2015
at Dereham Memorial Hall


TRACY TURNBLAD - Natasha Scollay
CORNY COLLINS - Ollie Ludman
EDNA TURNBLAD - Declan Matwij
PENNY PINGLETON - Sophie Ebery-Large
VELMA VON TUSSLE - Olivia Dolman
AMBER VON TUSSLE - Daisy Barrett
LINK LARKIN - Jordan Quirke
SEAWEED J. STUBBS - Alfie Mazzei
LITTLE INEZ - Sophie Chapman


Chloe Hunt, Maisie Dolman, Ellie Jones and Jess Biggam


MR PINKY - Joseph Chapman
GYM TEACHER - Jasmine Tanner
MATRON - Charlotte Bunting
PRINCIPAL - Adelle Crispe
NEWSCASTER - Heidi Jackson


Emily Baker, Ellie Mason, Louis Miller, Thomas Wilson-Gotobed, Adam Jones and Beckie Mantle


Emelia Campbell, William Rodwell, Frankie Mazzei, Amy Wynton, Briana Brennan, Becky Reeve, Elise Sait and Brittany Reeve


Charlie Barrett, Maddie Booth, Esme Findlay, Summer Giles, Macie Scarlett, Courtney Theobald


Gabrielle Barrell, Lola Folkes, Frankie Goodfellow, Heidi Jackson, Rebecca Ludman, Esme Pitman, Emily Scarlett and Jasmine Tanner

Review by Sue Du Pont (N.O.D.A East representative)
Dereham Memorial Hall, 9th April 2015
"I must congratulate the production team for DOSYTCo of Chris Dilley (Director), Helen Cowie (Musical Director) and Jodie Quirke (Choreographer) for the inspiration and work put in to produce this amazing, sizzling and energetic, slick and fast production. The period touches all done with great attention to detail, particularly costumes and wigs. With 47 in the cast this was quite an achievement to get this degree of polish in all departments and still give this great feel of energy and enthusiasm in strong vocals and fast dance routines throughout the performance. The casting was excellent and capitalised on the talent throughout whatever the size or age of these 7-18 year-olds.

Interesting and innovative introduction and explanation pre-performance by the ‘should be black’ members of the cast with their message regarding anti-segregation with the placards and their singing of the suitable ‘blues’ music: understand it was determined by the members of that sub-section of the cast.

Into the TV studio for a very strong performance of Corry Collins by Ollie Ludman, style and great vocals in the role and the pre-show. Add amazingly focussed, stylish, dance and vocalised excellently, characters and relationships: the Velma from Olivia Dolman and the Amber of Daisy Barrett were just so good and so professional. Plus the role of Link from Jordan Quirke as the ‘star’ in the studio, plus his relationship with Tracy, well executed with style. The four Dynamites backing group gave a well drilled performance in song and dance, well synchronised (Chloe Hunt, Maisie Dolman, Ellie Jones, Jess Biggam), looked good.

Into the home, Natasha Scollay (even better than last year as Adelaide) as Tracy excelled with her personality, the vocals, the dance, and all those inter-relationships, what a realisation of the role. Liked her friendship and interactions with a very strong performance of Penny from Sophie Ebery-Large. As Edna, Declan Matwij (first role with DOSYTCo) had no right to have that timing and personality, plus the vocals and style and character interactions with the rest of the cast, was this really played by a ‘first-timer youngster’, quite outstanding. And in the comedy mood, the timing and feelings of Tom Jones as Wilbur were perfect. One should not ignore the excellent support roles of Mr Pinky from Joseph Chapman or the irate mother Prudy of Ellie Davison.
To the record shop and the dark side of the cast, what a performance put in by Avalon Murfet as Motormouth, the style and rendition of the vocals were quite special from her both in the show and the pre-show scores, and a personality plus performance to showcase the vocals. As Seaweed, Alfie Mazzei added to the expectation of his strength in vocals and performance over last year (and grown several inches), and Sophie Chapman as Little Inez just amazed with her projection of songs as well as the dancing.
However good all the principals, this is a Company show and needs a well balanced team of characters plus all the supporting team to work in balance and this did in style. The energy and slickness of the dance routines showed how much effort had gone into the rehearsals (Olivia Dolman as Dance Captain when Jodie away at work), and they all knew the routines, even the tiniest 7-year-old boy. The strength and energy of all the vocal numbers just envigorated the company into a stratospheric enthusiasm which flashed with the audience into the reception that was deserved. An amazing evening and I appreciated the comment in the programme that for every child on stage, there was an adult somewhere in a support team, a big commitment for all."

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