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

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
chairman at dosoc dot co dot uk
treasurer at dosoc dot co dot uk
website at dosoc dot co dot uk

A Passionate Woman Members' Page

Director - Paul Woodhouse


First read-through - Weds 18 October 2017 (19:30)

Second read-through - Weds 25 October 2017 (19:30)

Auditions/Casting session - Sat 28 October 2017 (10:30)

First Rehearsal - Thurs 4 January 2018



PLEASE NOTE: Rehearsals will occur on Mondays and Thursdays (January to March 2018) starting at 19:30 on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Character Synopsis:


BETTY Female.  Playing age 50s-60s.  Betty used to be a size 12 in her youth but now struggles to fit in the dresses she used to wear and love.  A multi-layered and emotionally complex character who encompasses an overly doting mother, a deeply passionate and strong-willed woman and still very much young at heart.  This part comes with a tremendous amount of lines to learn (Betty is on stage and in dialogue for approximately 85% of the play) and therefore will be a huge and yet rewarding challenge.  An excellent opportunity for an experienced mature actress.


MARK Male.  Playing age mid-30s.  Betty's grown-up son, about to be married.  He cares deeply for his mother's well-being but is extremely frustrated by the disruption she brings to the morning of his wedding.


DONALD  Male.  Playing age mid-to-late 50s or 60s.  Betty's husband.  Although on the surface Donald may appear straight-forward and rather dull, we catch glimpses of fierce and deep emotions within him.


CRAZE Male.  Playing age early 30s.  A handsome Polish man who enjoyed an intense affair with Betty in the 1950s.  As well as being handsome there is a hard edge to Craze.  He could probably handle himself in a fight and you could easily believe that he might on occasion mix with some less savoury characters.

























October 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


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