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 

Hi-de-Hi Members' Page

Director - Trevor Thurston


Sun 3rd March (9am to 10pm) - Get In
Mon 4th March - Technical Rehearsal
Weds 6th March - Dress Rehearsal
Thurs 7th to Sat 9th March - Performances
Sun 10th March - Get Out

Please note that all cast will be required to pay the following:

  • Acting Membership Fee (Adults 25) - payable at first rehearsal (unless already paid for the current year), AND;
  • 15.00 Show Fee, AND;
  • 10.00 Script Fee 


REHEARSAL SCHEDULE - Please click here


SCRIPT BREAKDOWN - A guide to the original TV episodes

The script uses new dialogue to glue together an amalgamation of sections taken a number of different episodes (some of the sections from the original TV series are word-for-word and others are amended slightly to fit).  Below is a rough guide:


Prologue - Probably all new dialogue?

Sc1 - Peggy's Big Chance (Series 2 Ep2), Co-Respondent's Course (Series 4 Ep1), Lift Up Your Minds (Series 2 Ep3), Charity Begins At Home (Series 1 Ep6), If Wet In The Ballroom (Series 2 Ep1), Trouble and Strife (Series 3 Ep5).

Sc2 - A Night Not To Remember (Series 2 Ep5)

Sc3 - The Society Entertainer (Series 4 Ep4), Charity Begins At Home (Series 1 Ep6), The Partridge Season (Series 1 Ep4), Maplins Continental (Series 4 Ep6), A Night Not To Remember (Series 2 Ep5)

Sc4 - Trouble and Strife (Series 3 Ep5), Maplins Continental (Series 4 Ep6), A Night Not To Remember (Series 2 Ep5)

Sc5 - Peggy's Big Chance (Series 2 Ep2), A Night Not To Remember (Series 2 Ep5)


Sc1 - A Night Not To Remember (Series 2 Ep5), No Dogs Allowed (Series 1 Ep7), Trouble and Strife (Series 3 Ep5),

Sc2 - Probably all new dialogue?

Sc3 - Mostly all new dialogue except one paragraph from Peggy's Big Chance (Series 2 Ep2)

Sc4 - A Night Not To Remember (Series 2 Ep5), Maplins Continental (Series 4 Ep6),

Sc5 - Maplins Continental (Series 4 Ep6)

Sc6 - Maplins Continental (Series 4 Ep6)

Sc7 - Maplins Continental (Series 4 Ep6)

Sc8 - Maplins Continental (Series 4 Ep6), A Night Not To Remember (Series 2 Ep5), Trouble and Strife (Series 3 Ep5)



Thanks to all auditionees, a fantastic turnout providing a wealth of talent - a joy to listen to all.  A very strong cast indeed.

- Trevor




June 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