Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

WELCOME!  How to contact us and join us.

We always warmly welcome new Members, whether they wish to be on stage or back stage, and we do encourage all our members to help out behind the scenes whenever they can.  We are very much a family Society and many long-standing friendships form the backbone of our Society, but you will quickly feel at home if you decide to join us: we are a friendly bunch!  

Whilst it would be great if prospective Members could sing, dance and act, please don't be put off if you are not strong in all three disciplines (we do have actors who cannot sing and singers who are less confident at dancing!).

On the performing front, we are always keen to recruit more men of any age and ladies in the 20s to 30s age group.   However, if your particular strength is perhaps offstage, in admin or making props or sewing or especially if you are Good with Wood, we would be equally thrilled to hear from you.

We are also very lucky as a Society in that we are able to perform at two lovely theatres:  

At Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre at the end of May each year we perform a musical for nine performances.  This is a big production with a full orchestra and professional sets, costumes, wigs, sound and lights.  We generally cast this in late November and start rehearsing in January.  (Please be aware that, whilst we would like to accept everyone who auditions into a show, this is not always possible depending on numbers, age and balance of male/female).  

At Sheringham Little Theatre we perform a play (or occasionally a small musical) in February each year and then again in October. The February slot will hold auditions in October/November and the October slot will hold auditions in June.

We are based at Cromer Junior School for most of our rehearsals which are usually on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, depending on level of involvement.  These generally start at 7.30pm and run till 10pm.  We also sometimes have daytime Sunday rehearsals nearer the show.

Our financial year runs from our Annual General Meeting in late October to the following AGM.  The cost of joining as a Member is currently £25.00 for the whole year or £12.50 for those unemployed or in full-time education.  Once you have joined you are eligible to audition for any or all of our three productions during that financial year. However, you cannot audition unless you are first a paid-up member but, should you not be successful at audition, you can either remain a Member or apply for a return of three quarters of the amount paid at which point your Membership will cease. (Please note that there is no reduced rate of subscription if you join us part way through the financial year).

Being a Member of the Society means that not only can you audition for any of our shows but you will also receive regular copies of our newsletter JUST A MINIM, enjoy priority booking rights for our shows and have access to our Members' website and Facebook pages.

We hope that tells you a little more about us.  If you would like to have a further chat, please contact our Secretary, Amanda Howell, on 01603 738356 and she will be delighted to give you any more information you require and perhaps arrange to meet you at the school so you can start to get to know us. 

We would especially welcome help with our set building and painting. Are you good with wood or have an artistic flair? We would welcome new additions to our set building team whether it be with set construction, scenic painting, or anyone who simply enjoys being creative. We have our own workshop where we build and store all our sets. Maybe you've just retired in the area and are looking for something to fill all those spare hours?

 A warm welcome and one hundred friends await you!

Where are we?

Click here for Cromer Pier location.

Click here for details of Cromer Pier and Theatre, where we perform our main musical production.

Click here for Sheringham Little Theatre location.

Click here for details of Sheringham Little Theatre where we perform our February and October productions.

Click here for a map show of our main rehearsal venue, Cromer Junior School. You can find us here on most Tuesdays and Thursdays. 


If you cannot be so directly involved but would like to support us and have regular contact with the Society, why not consider becoming a CSODS' Friend?  Our Friends are highly appreciated not only for their interest and patronage, but their annual subscriptions (minimum £10) contribute greatly to the financial well-being and security of the Society. (Our annual musical at the Pavilion Theatre costs approx. £50,000 to stage).

The Society has a number of Friends who, in return for a small annual subscription, become part of our CSODS family.

They get our regular and extremely entertaining newsletter The JAM (Just A Minim), access to the Members' pages of our website ( and our Members' Facebook page, are invited to all our social events and enjoy priority booking rights for all our productions as well as a free programme..

Click here if you are interested in becoming a Friend.

If you feel you'd like to support us in any way, or are unsure how you can help but just want to be involved, or want to know anything you can't find the answer to on the website, then do please get in touch.

Please contact our Secretary:

Amanda Howell

Dairy Farmhouse, Wroxham Road, Coltishall, Norfolk NR12 7AH

Tel: 01603 738356 or e-mail:









PRESIDENT Vivienne Bolton Sleigh
HON. CHAIRMAN Robin Taylor Tel: 01603 279236
HON. TREASURER Peter Howell Tel: 01603 738356 
HON. SECRETARY Amanda Howell Tel: 01603 738356

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE: Emma Broughton, Richard Delahaye, Glen Hall, Yvonne Kidd,  Janet Nightingale, Selina White.

Minute Secretary:         Richard Delahaye         
Workshop Co-ordinator:          Peter Hughes
Hon. Auditor Rohan Fennell
Hon. Archivist Andrew Payne
Publicity Officer: Andy Weston

LIFE MEMBERS  Mrs M. Cubitt, P. R. J. Howell Esq., Mrs J. F. Nightingale, A. M. Payne Esq.

Our Valued Friends (correct as at Nov 2017)
Mrs W. K. Abbs

Mr & Mrs D.J. Archer

Mrs D. Barker

Mrs J. Bell

Mrs M. Bradley
Mr & Mrs E. Brickles
Mrs L. Campbell

Ms P. J. Carr

Mrs G. M. Caton
Mrs S. Chatting

G. Clifton Esq

Mr & Mrs P.B. Coman
Mrs J. M. Cooper
Mr & Mrs J Cowling
Mr & Mrs S.A. Culley
Mr & Mrs D. G. Davison

Miss Y. Delahaye

Mr & Mrs P. A. Dennis
Mrs M. Dewhurst
Ms. S. DuPont
Mrs P. Durrant

Mr D. Fairbrother

R. Fennell Esq
Mrs O. Gibson
Mr & Mrs P. M. Godfrey 
B. M. Greaves Esq

G. Hall Esq

B. R. Halls Esq
Mrs J.E. Higgs
Mr & Mrs P. R. J. Howell
Mrs M. Jackson
Miss M. Jarvis
Mrs J. Jones
Mr & Mrs M. J. Keene
R. J Kent Esq

Mr & Mrs E. Kidd

Ms S. Kilshaw
Mr & Mrs G. W. King
Mr & Mrs R. Lewis
Mr & Mrs J. Locke
Mr & Mrs B. Mansell
Mrs P. Moore
Mrs S. Morter
Mr & Mrs A. J. Nash
Rev. & Mrs A. Neate

Mrs N. Neave
Mr & Mrs T. Nolan
J. Osborne Esq.
Mr & Mrs B.A. Patterson-Rudd
Mr & Mrs A. J. Payne
A. M. Payne Esq
Mrs M.C.K. Purslow
Mr & Mrs M .H. Rayner Esq
Mr & Mrs M. Rodwell
Mr & Mrs M. Rolfe

Mrs G.G. Sellors

Mr & Mrs A. Shannon

N.D. Sleigh Esq
Mrs P. L. Steward
Mrs A Stockwell
Mr & Mrs T. Webster
A. L. Weston Esq
Mr & Mrs V. J. Wharton
Mr & Mrs B. White
Mrs N. Whitehouse
Mr & Mrs M. E. Whiting
Mrs J. Whitworth
Mrs A. Wilson