Dereham Theatre Company


Box Office now open for A Passionate Woman and Cats

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

Beauty and the Beast Members' Page

Director - Paul Allum

Musical Director - Michael Stoker

Choreographer - Jean Cator

Assistant Director - Declan Matwij

Production Managers - Sammy Blanks & Sophie Blanks

Child Protection & Chaperones - Natasha Wilson-Gotobed

Dance Captain - Martha Bailey

Junior Dance Captain - Jacqui Shah









A massive thank you to everyone who turned out today, some for many hours, to try out for this year's pantomime.  We had an extraordinary 47 auditionees, with as many as EIGHT people going for one part.  The decisions were not easy and we know a lot of you will be disappointed - but the standard was INCREDIBLY high and me, Jean and Micky feel we have a great cast for this year's fest of silliness, slapstick and sauce.  Results below.  Congrats to those who were successful, commiserations to those who weren't - but we hope you stick with us for an incredible adventure of a show.  As you will see - two male parts are still uncast!  Please see details at the end.  If you feel you can fill either of these two parts, contact me on  We are also happy to accept people in the Ensemble up to October 23rd.  If you want to join us, get in touch.  And so - on with the panto!


Paul Allum



FAIRY TINKLE - Charlotte Bunting

ROSALIND - Genevieve Plunkett

PRINCE JOLI - Ollie Ludman

PIERRE - Thomas Wilson-Gotobed

BELLE - Brodie Elgood


LOUIS - Declan Matwij


CHAR - Katie McGhee

DONNAY - Karen Bates

THE BEAST - Mark Wells




Martha Bailey, Selina Bhantoo, Joanne Doughty, Jacqui Shah, Danielle Standing



Doug Bailey, Helen Bailey, Lauren Batson, Maisy Jessop, Susan Jude, Jane Keidan, Louis Miller, Sandra Miller, Heather Neave, Will Rodwell, Haydn Rogers, Maddie Taylor, Clarabelle Whitehead



Lily Hurt, Rebecca Ludman, Abi Shah, Hollie Stanley, Milo Milton, Nina Murdoch, Ryan Standing, Teejay Standing, Rosie-Mai Westwood






February 2018

Diary Dates

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