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
Dereham Operatic Society

Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Murder Mystery

Director - Tim Cara

 
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th March 2009
at Dereham Memorial Hall.
 
 


 
CAST

MRS PHOEBE REECE & REGINA - Paul Gregory
THELMA, DAPHNE & ROSE - Tracey Gwynne
CLARISSA, REGINE & PATRICIA - Vanessa Dupont
AUDREY, DOREEN & JOAN - Marilyn Cara
GORDON & INSPECTOR O'REILLY - Ian Sandell
PHILIP, PAWN & COLONEL KING - Doug Hartley
VIOLET & LETITIA - Jill Jarman
MRS KING & MR GOODBODY - Heather Barnard
HANDS & VOICE - 


 
Review - James Farr, NODA
 
"Iíve known about the ďFarndalesĒ for many years but this was my first. It was, without doubt, the finest performance of ineptitude that I have ever seen in all my years of supporting amateur dramatics. With so much going on, it would be almost impossible to spot genuine errors, fluffed lines or missed entrances, for they occurred at regular intervals throughout the script. This merciless comedy relies on precise timings of sound, lighting and special effects and Derehamís technical team were excellent. The entire cast (plus the singer) all gave good strong performances, particularly Ian Sandell (Gordon aka Inspector) and Doug Hartley (Giles aka Pawn).
 
The ladies of the cast all had multiple roles to perform and to be honest, I lost track of who was who. I didnít quite see the point of playing the Chairwoman in drag, despite Paul Gregoryís fine performance in this role.
 
Good direction ensured not a comedy trick was missed though I did find the chair moving loop sequence a bit tedious whereas the script loop I found painfully funny. Projection was good on the whole though some dialogue was lost due to audience reactions to the comedy. Yes another first-class production from Dereham."
 

December 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

Cats

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