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 


The latest Newsletter is available for you to download and read here:


We Value Your Input!

Whilst our Editor continues to do a grand job putting our Newsletter together, we would love to hear from you with contributions for future editions. If you have anything to contribute for future issues please email the newsletter: newsletter at dosoc dot co dot uk

Previous Issues

You can access any of our previous editions by using the links below. Please be patient as it may take a few moments to load due to the size of the file. If the links do not work, please check you have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed;
Issue 01 (0.1mb) 2009 Nov
Issue 02 (1.3mb) 2010 Jan
Issue 03 (1.4mb) 2010 May
Issue 04 (1.5mb) 2010 Sept
Issue 05 (4.8mb) 2010 Dec
Issue 06 (4.6mb) 2011 May
Issue 07 (6.4mb) 2011 Sept
Issue 08 (6.5mb) 2011 Dec
Issue 09 (1.8mb) 2012 Mar *
Issue 10 (5.3mb) 2012 Jun
Issue 11 (less than 1mb) 2013 Feb
Issue 12 (less than 1mb) 2013 Jun
Issue 13 (less than 1mb) 2014 Jan
Issue 14 (1.2 mb) 2014 Jul

* Please see below the Chairman's Report which unfortunately missed the print deadline for our March 2012 issue:
"Chairmans Report March 2012
It is with very mixed emotions that I write what will be my last report as Chairman of Dereham Operatic Society. My time at the helm has been enjoyable and rewarding helping to guide the society towards a new era of growth.
As Director and Chairman how gratifying it was to see so many people come to the Panto. Our first production in the new hall and if this is a sign of things to come then we should smile as we look to the future. A massive thankyou to all the production team/cast/crew/backstage helpers/FOH /everyone who was involved. The most financially successful production DOS has ever done. What a way to start.
No sooner was the Panto finished than the Studio was buzzing with rehearsals for “When we are Married” and “Bugsy Malone” how good it is too see this space being fully utilised. I am sure that both Tim Cara and John McInnes were working their respective casts very hard to help achieve the high standard that we strive for.
The play has had an up and down relationship with Dereham audiences and when it opened we were still not sure how well it would sell. There was no need to worry, the Dereham audience came out to support us. As I sat there on opening night with 100+ people around me all laughing and following this “you couldn’t make it up” situation unfolding on stage, I knew it was going to be successful. And it was. Congratulations to Tim Cara and to the cast/crew for giving us a good nights entertainment. I look forward to there being many more.
To all of our younger members GOOD LUCK WITH BUGSY – I am looking forward to it.
(see Emmas report for more details)
The production team is in place for Oklahoma – Anna Lawrence will be directing/choreographing and Malcolm Crane will be the MD. The committee were pleased when Anna agreed to direct Oklahoma having directed Oliver so successfully for the DOSYTCo last year. Malcolm has been an MD for other societies but has recently moved to the area and so it is a pleasure to welcome him to Dereham. Check the website for sing/read throughs and audition dates
Don’t forget the festival - some of us will be appearing in the Old Time Music Hall – book early to avoid disappointment.
Finally, the society still needs help with organising our very busy schedule and as the committee is changing this year please volunteer some help, offer to become a committee member, offer to become a co-opted member and help someone on the committee or just offer some help in any way you can. The Society is only as strong as its members/patrons and this is where Dereham has always been ahead of the rest, long may it continue.
See you soon
Martyn – Chairman DOS

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