Dereham Theatre Company


Tickets now on sale for both our 70th Anniversary Concert AND The Producers!

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 

Hi-de-Hi Members' Page

Director - Trevor Thurston



Read-through and audition dates will be posted here later in the year. 


Hi-de-Hi was a TV series set in a fictitious holiday camp ‘Maplins’ in the 1950s.  It reflected the popular holiday camps started in the 1930s by Billy Butlin who created them to ensure that ordinary folk could have a week or so away from the drudgery of work with all entertainment and food supplied together with a chalet to sleep in.  In other words an all-inclusive holiday.

Bearing in mind there were no electronic games to amuse the population, healthy games and competitions were the order of the day and the staff were responsible for organising all events.  In our play those responsible are the Yellow Coats led by Gladys and supervised by Jeffrey, the manager.  Each character, in their own way contributes to hilarious happenings throughout the play.

A visit to YouTube will give some indication of the characters involved but I set out some hints below.

All ages quoted are acting ages!

Size of role indicates time on stage; not necessarily the amount of script to learn.

- Trevor



GLADYS PUGH Large role. Aged 25 -30 years The senior yellow coat responsible to and fancies her boss, the manager, Jeffrey. Must have a pronounced Welsh accent. Bossy.
JEFFREY FAIRBROTHER Large role. Aged 30 - 40 years The Entertainments Manager. Quite well spoken. A somewhat gullible person and ‘mothered’ by Gladys and Peggy. Despite the diversity of his team he tries to run an efficient camp. Must be able to act the ‘drunk’ 
PEGGY OLLERENSHAW Large role. Aged 25 – 30 years Senior cleaner who longs to become a yellow coat. Not the brightest of people but willing to please so much so that she is a bit of a dogsbody.  However she is a character that the audience just love.
TED BOVIS Large role. Aged 30   55 The camp comedian and compare. Full of himself and a somewhat dubious character not being adverse to the odd fiddle.  Traditionally of large build but not necessarily so but a northern accent would be helpful. Has an ex-wife Hilary who brings a bailiff to support her claim for alimony.
SPIKE DIXON Medium role. Aged 35 – 55 Big mate of Ted. First appears as a dustbin.
FRED QUILLY Medium role. Aged 40 + Appears as a jockey and a chef. Looks after the campers riding horses.
MR. PARTRIDGE Medium role. 60 + years Punch and Judy Man. In trouble for belting a child round the ear. Taciturn – origins in Music Hall.
YVONNE STUART-HARGREAVES Medium role. Aged 30-55 years A snobbish exhibition Ballroom Dancer who considers her employment much beneath her station. Married to Barry.
BARRY STUART-HARGREAVES Medium role. Aged 30 – 55 years Dancing partner and married to Yvonne. Rather precious.
SYLVIA GARNSEY Medium role. Aged 18-25 All yellow coats are medium roles but only a few lines although lots of time on stage. Maybe required to sing and dance a simple routine.
BETTY WHISTLER Medium role. Aged 18-25 As per description for Sylvia (above)
TRACEY BENTWOOD Medium role. Aged 18-25 As per description for Sylvia (above)
GARY BOLTON Medium role. Aged 18-25 As per description for Sylvia (above)
DAWN FRESHWATER Medium role. Aged 18-25 As per description for Sylvia (above)
HILARY BOVIS Small role, aged 20-55 Divorced wife of Ted.
BAILIFF Very small role.  Aged 30 – 60 Well spoken. Very small role which may be doubled with another.
MR. PRITCHARD Small role, Aged 30 – 50 Metropolitan Police Officer on holiday.


August 2018

Diary Dates



DTCo/DOSYTCo 70th Anniversary Concert

20th-21st July 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Autumn Musical

The Producers
2nd - 6th October 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Christmas Pantomime

Sleeping Beauty
27th Dec 2018 - 1st Jan 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


2019 Spring Play

7th - 9th March 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall