Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

The next November 2016 production will be ‘Season’s Greetings’, by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Sam Fox and Wendy Thomas.


This play is a black, though often farcical, comedy about the quarrels, forced merriment, and calamities of a dysfunctional Christmas family reunion. Set over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, half a dozen friends and relatives are celebrating Christmas with Neville and Belinda. Petty squabbles break out although some not so petty and the arrival of Clive, a young writer, leads to what momentarily appears to be a tragedy. Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show and a midnight love scene that sets off a fearful din among the mechanical Christmas toys.

Tis the season to be jolly… well, for most people! It’ll definitely make you laugh, and probably make you crave a mince pie too. Come and share in the familiar family frivolity and fiasco of Christmas!

The cast and crew are now preparing for this production, that will be performed at St. Teilo’s Church Hall, The Glebe, Bishopston on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November 2016.

Belinda – Sian Cole
Neville – Tony Currell
Rachel – Heather Cooper
Harvey – Barry Cooper
Pattie – Helen Gwilliam
Eddie – Steve Nelson
Bernard – Roger Bell
Phyllis – Doreen Davies
Clive – Steve Richardson

Our extremely popular food night takes on a festive twist this time, with a cold buffet provided by Dillys kitchen in Sketty, followed by a mince pie and the option to purchase mulled wine.  A cosy and festive atmosphere along with good food is the perfect way to enjoy our production on Saturday 19th November 2016, but tickets sell fast so book now! Cost is £13 per person. Sorry there are no concessions for this festive buffet and fun show.

Seats for the November shows can be booked by emailing tickets@batsgower.co.uk, by contacting Philippa on 01792 421636 or 07805 362546, or click on to our on-line seat reservation system.

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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.