Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

The BATS Spring 2020 production is ‘The Weekend’, written by Michael Palin. Julie Greenwood is directing this modern day production.

Directors Blog

Here we are, New Year, new production for 2020. After reading six plays, I settled happily on ‘The Weekend’ written by Michael Palin. Knowing his work over the years, as a comedy writer. actor and loving his observations as a travel presenter, I looked no further.

It is a comedy drama about a middle-aged grouch called Stephen Febble, who is only really content when reading his Telegraph undisturbed, preferably with a glass of whiskey by his side. When’s long suffering wife Virginia announces that the family are coming for the weekend, he’s horrified! The family consisting of a daughter Diana, son-in-law Alan, grandson Charlie and a rather incontinent dog named Pippa. Throw into the mix friends Duff and Bridget Gardner, enigmatic high society podiatrist Hugh Bedales and a politically radical cleaning lady, Mrs Finlay and off we go. However, not everyone is quite as they first appear.

Gathering out talented team for the set building, lighting, sound, costumes, props and the vital behind the scenes team, who organise front of house, kitchen, ticket sales, patrons, sponsors, advertising, programmes and everything else, is slowly coming together.

My great cast are in full on rehearsal mode, fine tuning their characters and working very hard. We look forward to seeing you at one of our performances. Thank you for your continuing support for BATS.

Come to the Church Hall, The Glebe, Bishopston, Swansea SA3 3JP on Friday 27th March, Saturday 28th March, Thursday 2nd April, Friday 3rd April and Saturday 4th April 2020. 

Curtain rises at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm).  Refreshments including tea, coffee, red and white wine, squash and biscuits will be sold during the interval.

Cast members are:
Stephen Febble – Roger Bell
Virginia Febble – Wendy Thomas
Diana – Sian Cole
Alan – Steve Richardson
Charlie – Angus Humber
Duff Gardner – Davis Spear
Bridget Gardner – Doreen Davies
Hugh Bedales – Stewart Hiorns
Mrs Finley – Sarah Goodhall

More information to follow very soon.


**NEW MEMBERS always welcome – come and act, assist back stage or with lighting, sound and costumes – Get in touch! **

The Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society, or BATS, is an all-amateur group, open to anyone to join, whether to act, direct, work backstage or front-of-house.

There is a committee which presently consists of six people: the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary (who is also responsible for marketing), Social Secretary and Stage Manager. The Committee has overall responsibility for agreeing policies and parameters. The director has operational responsibility for delivering a play, and as such is responsible for choosing the play, cast, producer, stage manager, backstage team and front of house team.

Ever since its formation in 1967, BATS (STADS till 1999) has been providing the Gower village of Bishopston and the surrounding area with regular live theatrical entertainment.

This site has two aims:

  • To provide a record, free and accessible to all, of a major aspect of Bishopston and south Gower’s recent cultural history;
  • To inspire local people to get involved with the group: we’re always looking for new actors and people to help with costumes, make-up, props, ticket sales, refreshments, ideas and so on — no experience necessary! In fact, our continuing success depends on you — so have a good look round the site and then please get in touch.