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

Hansel & Gretel

Director - Tony George

Musical Director - Charlie Caine

Dance Instructor - Rebecca Crossley

30th December 2006 to 6th January 2007
at Dereham Memorial Hall.


KARL - Charlotte Buckingham
DAME DO-GOOD - Tony Wilds
LUCY LOCKETT - Jodie Quirke
HANSEL - Matthew Buckingham
GRETEL - Rachael Bird
POTZ - Nick King
PANZ - Lavinia Pirret
MELINDRA - Joan Syrett
RODERIGO - Gareth Evans
VILLAGER 1 - Jackie Buckingham
VILLAGER 2 - Kevin Reeve


Chloe Bailey, Helen Bailey, Martha Bailey, Jackie Buckingham, Ashley Cashfield, Amy Cuenca, Ron Eaglen, Gareth Evans, Dave Filer, Chloe Hunt, Nicola McErleane, Stuart McKinnell, Laura Pirret, Kevin Reeve, Ellen Robinson, Kerry Willis


Paige Browne, Eleanor Buckingham, Aleisje Coxon, Natalie Fletcher, Vicky Grafton, Sarah Simpson

Review - by Ian Clarke:
"Take a sprinkling of sparkling new young talent.  Add a healthy spoonful of better-than-ever stage stalwarts.
Mis in the well-loved terrible jokes, some slapstick cooking, magical dance routines, heart-warming romance, boos and hisses at the baddies and a happy ending - and the result?
The perfect recipe for a mouth-watering panto which was a tasy as all the delicious delights on the gingerbread cottage which the wandering brother and sister find in the forest.
With such stunning young performers in their midst, the future for the long-established Dereham Operatic Society is as bright as Dame Do-Good's amazing costumes.
Eleven-year-olds Matthew Buckingham and Rachael Bird give faultless performances as Hansel and Gretel and their confidence and maturity defied their young years.
Charlotte Buckingham, 19 (principle boy, young forester Karl), and Jodie Quirke, 14, (kitchen maid Lucy Lockett), were enchanting and their Born Again duet was spellbinding.
While that quartet and the young dancers and singers are still in the infancy of their acting careers, the likes of Tony Wilds (Dame), Nick Bird (laugh-a-minute Dickie Dimwitt) and John McInnes (mean old mayor), have been treading the boards for more years than they probably care to mention.
But their energy, enthusiasm, skills and ability to interact with the audience remain amazing.
There were so many extra touches which added to the enjoyment - the Gingerbread men's dance, Julie Hewitt's (Forest Fairy) little giggle after she spoke and the sheer range of variety on show.  Mention must go to director Tony George, musical director Charlie Caine and choreographer Rebecca Crossley for cooking up such a delicious post-Christmas treat.
I spoke to several people who had not experienced Dereham panto before - and one thought it was better than the big-budget show in Norwich.
I'm sure they'll all be back next year."

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