Rehearsals

I have never seen so many props in one play, the green room looks like the backstage of the RSC!  Rehearsals are coming along nicely, everyone is working really hard and the cast have nearly all learned their lines!  I think the audience are going to really enjoy this play, I haven’t laughed this much since…well, since the last play!  We have had some guest appearances along the way, so thank you to those people who have helped us out!  The stage is now almost set and the lighting and sound is on track; now we just need to get the hundreds of props sorted and everything will be fine!

Wendy Thomas – Co Director.

Photographs from rehearsals

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Buffet night – 19th November 2016

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. Cost is £13 per person. Sorry there are no concessions for this festive buffet and fun show. Tickets will sell fast… so book now!

Friday First Night Success

The sell out audience really enjoyed the opening night of this comic production. On the first night of any performance you’d expect there to be some opening night nerves or forgotten lines, but it was a mark of how good the BATS cast and crew were that everything went perfectly for the first show.
Stand-out performances in a production of this standard can be difficult to isolate, but the audience really responded to Victoria’s (Julie Greenwood) and Melanie’s (Jan Hoggan) performances of ‘Polly Put My Stockings On’, ‘Recycling Muddle’ and ‘Mother Lover’!  The audiences for the remaining performances are in for a real treat, so if you haven’t got a ticket, I suggest you do so quickly.

Dress rehearsal goes well!

The stage lights are on, the curtain is up and the audience has bought their tickets. The cast are having great fun with the dress rehearsal for next weeks ‘The World Premiere’ production. A sneaky peek behind the scenes of the technical and dress rehearsals has captured some revealing images.

Monday is another dress rehearsal, then the first public performance is on Friday 8th April 2016 at Murton Methodist Hall. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic show and just needs one more element: the audience. Seats are still available, so maker sure you do not miss this intriguing and funny production.

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Friday 8th April.

Come and be entertained on Friday 8th April 2016 at Murton Methodist Hall.

First Night ‘buy one, get one free’ deal. Two full price seats for £6.00, two concession seats for £5.00, one full price and one concession seat for £6.00. 

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Saturday 9th April

Come and be entertained while eating Tapas on Saturday 9th April 2016 at Murton Methodist Hall.

On Saturday 9th April BATS will be holding a ‘Tapas Evening’ which will be in the style of a ‘cabaret’ where you will be seated at a table and enjoy some Tapas, followed by Joes ice cream, whilst taking in the play.  The cost will be £13.00 per person which will include the price of a seat and is payable on the night.  There are limited seats available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Coffee/teas and soft drinks will also be available at an additional cost.  Please note that no alcohol will be sold or consumed at Murton Methodist Church Hall.

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Friday 18th November 2016

Come and be entertained on Friday 18th November 2016 for Season’s Greetings.

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Saturday 16th April

Come and be entertained on Saturday 16th April 2016 at Murton Methodist Hall.

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Well done BATS

Bishopston has entered the world of politics this week with a splendid theatrical production of the popular 80s TV sitcom “Yes, Prime Minister” by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. As an avid viewer of the original, I remember a comedy which defined a decade in Thatcher’s Britain, but wondered whether such wonderful political satire of its age would travel well over the several decades which have since passed. However, some effort has been made to modernise proceedings and, as a result, the new offering feels fresh and contemporary. There’s also a fair amount of goings-on that do go on; £10trillion loans, foreign oil pipelines, illegal immigrants, call-girls, Euro Jobs (don’t ask!)… just some of the delights discussed at Chequers. And yet the core message stays as relevant as ever and we realise that Westminster is indeed run by civil servants who lurk in the corridors of power behind their ministerial figureheads.

So we once more get to meet our Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Jim Hacker, his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley. While Jaimes Cooper was the perfect choice to head the BATS cast as Sir Humphrey, accordingly, under Barry Cooper’s influential direction, Piers Morgan-Harvey turned in a fine performance in bringing a more animated and sometimes manic Jim Hacker to the political table. Piers turns up the heat as the evening progresses and in a very well-played scene his Jim Hacker brilliantly turns the arrogant Jenny Burnham, DG of the BBC (Julie Greenwood), into a nervous wreck by threatening to reduce the BBC’s output to just two radio stations and a single TV channel! In complete control of his output and posture, Jaimes Cooper provided a masterly delivery of Sir Humphrey in perhaps the standout performance of the evening. The perfect ‘politician’ never to sit in parliament, Jaimes oozed the smarmy characteristics of someone who knows exactly how to survive in Westminster. His several lengthy responses that consistently failed to provide any tangible (or understandable) answers to the PM’s direct questions rightly drew the audience’s applause.

Heather Cooper did a reliable job in underplaying the straight and level-headed role of the play as Claire Sutton – Head of the Policy Unit at Number Ten while, in contrast, Roger Bell fully played up to his role as Bernard Woolley. As the only one of the protagonists to even consider moral implications over any political manoeuvring, Sir Humphrey’s ‘sidekick’, who is also answerable to the PM, is probably in the wrong line of work! Kumranistan Ambassador, Stewart Hiorns provided a subtly menacing presence whilst praise must also go to the short but cleverly played out TV interview involving Sarah Govier as Simone Chester, TV presenter.

So all in all a good night out with excellent acting and more than a few laughs. Well done BATS.

Tony Currell