Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

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Our Winter 2015 production was ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. Barry Cooper directed this brilliant comedy.  Prime Minister Jim Hacker is leading a coalition government and yearns for positive headlines. With the desperate state of the economy, the threat of global warming, the BBC and the European Union breathing down his neck, the situation seems hopeless. That is until a potentially debt-solving investment in the shape of an oil pipeline through Europe is offered.

The cast:
Sir Humphrey Appleby, Cabinet Secretary was played by Jaimes Cooper.
Bernard Woolley, Private Secretary to PM was played by Roger Bell.
Jim Hacker, Prime Minister was played by Piers Morgan-Harvey.
Claire Sutton, Special Policy Advisor was played by Heather Cooper.
Kumranistan Ambassador was played by Stewart Hiorns.
Simone Chester, BBC Presenter was shared between Sarah Govier & Sean Cole.
Jenny Burnham, Director-General of BBC was shared between Doreen Davies & Julie Greenwood.

‘Yes, Prime Minister’ made the perfect fun, light hearted, evening out. 

The next BATS production will be in Spring 2016 and directed by Steve Nelson. The name of the play has not been released, but it is believed to be about an amateur dramatics company! Please come back to our website in January 2016 to find more about our next production.

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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.