Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

The BATS Autumn production will be Tom Jones, by Joan McAlpine, and based on the novel by Henry Fielding. It’s fun (hopefully!) fast and furious.

This is the tale of a handsome young reprobate who falls victim to the charms of one woman after another, becoming at one point entangled with three at once! Jenny Waters, a lady of warm heart and generous virtue, Mrs Fitzpatrick, a society lady seeking diversion from her oafish husband, and Sophia Western, whom Tom truly loves.  It’s going to be a fun play with a large cast and fantastic character parts. There will be laughs and lewd comments. With its sword fights and dances, noise and colour, this is an entertainment for all the family.

More information on the Tom Jones production will be coming soon.

 

BATS provides assistance to a Derbyshire amateur production.

Last week the Hope Amateur Dramatic Independent Theatre (HADIT) presented a production of “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn. Some of you may be wondering about Hope’s connection with BATS? A look at the following report in The Derbyshire Times will give the answer. Go to http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/review-feel-the-farce-in-noises-off-1-8517935

David and Carolyn Gawres had contacted BATS earlier this year to see if we could advice them on how to stage a play requiring numerous doors, a window, a balcony and staircase in a small village hall. And the set has to be turned 180º between Acts 1 and 2, and again between Acts 2 and 3! Barry gave them advice based our BATS production in 2006 and I helped by sending David the design of the set  and details of how we turned the set. Some of you may recognise the set shown in the image in the review.

I was very interested to see how HADIT got on so I went up to see their first night last Wednesday. HADIT are a similar sized group to BATS in a similar hall and I was made to feel very welcome. In the programme BATS were thanked “for their generous advice on producing the play on a small stage.” Of course you may be thinking did HADIT give a better performance than BATS? All I can say is they gave an energetic performance which had the audience rocking with laughter and the curtain call was greeted with cheers and applause.

I have been in touch with David since my visit and he tells me another local group who saw their production were impressed and have contacted him as they want to talk to him about how he did the set!  Alan Bailey

Last production

The Spring 2017 production was ‘Death by Fatal Murder’ by Peter Gordon. Directed by Stewart Hiorns, the play takes place in the sitting room of Bagshot House in 1940. The country manor doesn’t have happy memories for Pratt who in the two previous plays bungled his way through as the body count kept mounting. 

The hapless and helpless Inspector Pratt returns to Bagshot House, to investigate a missing police constable.  As ever, he intends to make a name for himself (other than that he was given !!!!) but Bagshot House has few happy memories for him, or the members of the household he meets, suspects, and interviews.  In the two previous plays he bungled his way through, as the body count kept mounting. Once again he has his trusted Detective Constable Thomkins allocated to support his investigation – but murder is never far away.  Put into the equation amateur sleuth Miss Maple, an Italian gigolo, Blodwen, a very forthright Welsh “medium“ who contacts previous Bagshot house residents, and Pratt’s confusion is complete !! Upper crust Ginny and new house owner Nancy Allwright try to maintain some normality, but things are far from “all right“.

You might die laughing if you see this production! And NEVER visit an old country house hotel again.

The first two nights have been very well received by our sell out audiences. The whole cast have been outstanding, as well as some wonderful individual performances and great comic moments. Saturday nights fish and chip supper seemed a gastronomic success. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes for their support.

Cast were

Nancy Allwright – Wendy Thomas

Ginny Farquhar – Sian Cole

Constable Thomkins – Steve Nelson

Inspector Pratt – Roger Bell

Miss Maple – Doreen Davies / Julie Greenwood

Blodwyn Morgan – Heather Cooper

Enzo Garibaldi – Laurence Evans

Sqd. Leader “Stiffy” Allwright – Marcus Brace

Photographs from rehearsals.

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**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.