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.
“DEREHAM Operatic Society’s latest production certainly wasn’t afraid of dealing with weighty issues tackling everything from health farms to mothers in law, by way of motorcycle maintenance, fancy dress parties and domestic chores. The farcical action revolved around a day in the life of three couples who have recently moved to a housing estate, but have yet to meet their neighbours. And, although some of the actors were a bit rusty with their lines on the first night, the well timed delivery of Richard Harris’s script earned them regular peals of laughter. Rarely a minute passed without an innuendo of one sort or another, with members of the cast either rushing back and forth between ever more absurd costume changes or lounging in bed. Doctor on top in farcical affairs. An innovative stage design, showing the insides of three rooms in three houses at once allowed the quick fire action to jump between locations as characters peered out of windows or stormed across the street. But, although these situations were funny enough in themselves, the real butt of the jokes was middle class society, and all the characters were instantly recognisable. There was Lavina Pirret’s weight conscious mother, Tom Monument’s neurotic divorcee, or Jill Jarman’s meddling mother in law. But top of this chaotic heap was undoubtedly lan Sandell’s admirably eccentric Dr Charles Prentice, a borderline alcoholic with an irritable disposition who forces us to ask ourselves once again: “Why do we trust our GPs?”.”