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.
March 8th to 10th 2018
Kay Mellor's "A Passionate Woman" (which gave rise to an excellent TV adaptation as well as having a long run on the London stage) centres around Betty, a doting mother who finds it hard to accept that her son is finally leaving the fold to be married.
On the morning of the wedding, she retreats to the attic where she relives her long-lost youth and a passionate affair she enjoyed before becoming bogged down in a listless marriage.
As Betty recalls her memories, triumphs and regrets they can feel poignantly familiar and Dereham Theatre Company are delighted to treat you to this heartfelt and beautifully constructed play in March 2018.