Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

As mentioned in our last BATS newsletter, we’ve been looking at alternative ways to engage our audience… and are excited to announce our first audio play.

Voices Beneath the Waves has been written by one of our own members – Sarah Goodall – and will be available as an audio production on the BATS website for you to listen to as a group, or on your own at your leisure.   

The production is based on the true story of the shipwreck of The Caesar in a cleft in the rocks at Pwll Du Head in 1760 and will be available online from 5:30pm on Saturday 28th November 2020 – exactly 260 years after the tragedy. 

We hope you’ll enjoy this alternative performance – and look forward to tuning in together. Please do leave us some feedback by emailing us on batsinfo@batsgower.co.uk or contact us on our Facebook page or tweet us on Twitter

September for us at BATS, usually marks the start of a busy period, making preparations for our Autumn production.  No explanation is needed as to why things will be a little different this year with no live stage production at our home of St Teilos Church Hall, Bishopston.  However, in the true spirit of BATS we have been thinking outside of the box to continue to deliver and to keep you in touch with BATS until business returns to normal! The BATS team have been getting together in conference calls to discuss some new ideas. We have put together a behind the scenes video for your viewing and produced a BATS Newsletter to keep you informed on what’s happening. There is more to follow!

We would also value your comments on what you would like to see from BATS in the future. Please do email us on batsinfo@batsgower.co.uk or contact us on our Facebook page or tweet us on Twitter.

Our Facebook page can be visited at https://www.facebook.com/bats.gower.94

Tweet us at https://twitter.com/BATSdramagroup

Stay safe and looking forward to staying connected with you all, thank you for your continued support.

**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.