Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

The recent BATS production was ‘The World Premiere’ written by Swansea playwright, Dave Jenkins and directed by Steve Nelson. 

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This brilliant comedy was about a local amateur dramatics group, St. Bartholomew’s, who are celebrating their 90th year; but have no money! So they decide to write a play themselves. To make matters worse, the opening night of their production, The Haunted House Whodunit, is sabotaged by one of the group with a bruised ego and it goes far from smoothly! 

The World Première was a great show, with a great cast and an appreciable audience.  


Excellent show. Very clever and good fun. Excellent food.

Totally enjoyable! BATs puts on amazing and very well cast plays…credit to the director, playwright and cast. Keep up the good work!

Very enjoyable play. Always like them, really funny. I haven’t laughed so much for ages!

Click here to find out more about the production

Seats for future shows can be booked by emailing tickets@batsgower.co.uk, by contacting Philippa on 01792 421636 or 07805 362546.

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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.