Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

The Spring 2017 production is ‘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.

Tickets are still available for the final three performances on Thursday 6th April, Friday 7th April and Saturday 8th April 2017 at St. Teilo’s Church Hall, The Glebe, Bishopston. Doors open at 19:00hrs for a 19:30 hrs show.

Seats for the shows can be booked by emailing tickets@batsgower.co.uk, by contacting Ros Brace on mobile 07790005953 or home 01792 234663 and by reserving seats on line. Click here to reserve your seats on line.

Cast

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.