Welcome to Bishopston Amateur Theatrical Society

For our comeback performance in Spring 2022, BATS performed ‘One Man Two Guvnurs’ by Richard Bean and directed by Laurence Evans. Based on Carlo Goldsmith’s The Servant of Two Masters.

This vibrant, fast paced, comedy, a huge hit in the West End in recent years, was
the perfect antidote to the lock down years.   We were all very excited about it and the prospect of welcoming you and everyone back to live theatre at the Glebe in April 2022.

Audience comments:

An absolutely fabulous performance.

The ad libs by Francis were brillant. I loved Sarah Smith being invited on stage from the audience and I can’t believe she was so good!

Very funny and congratulations to everyone!

Congratulations for a very enjoyable evening.

An amazing commuity am dram show!

Charlie “the duck” Clench  – Stuart Hiorns
Pauline Clench – Helen Gwilliam
Harry Dangle – Barry Cooper
Alan – John Godwin
Dolly – Wendy Thomas
Lloyd Boateng – Neil Chamberlain
Francis Henshall –  Steve Richardson
Rachel Crabbe – Sian Cole
Stanley Stubbers – Marcus Brace
Alfie – Steve Nelson
Gareth – Angus Humber
Policeman – Angus Humber
Barman – Angus Humber
Driver – Harry James
Vicar – Malcom Poole
Old lady – Ellie Maughling

Directors Blog – Laurence Evans

Working hard on One Man, Two Governors; had to deal with absenteeism in earlier rehearsals due to Covid, cast or their family. Has got easier and now it is starting to flow, with the actors putting in a lot of time to learn lines and moves. We will all be ready for the first night with excitement and probably a little nerves, especially for the new members, but adrenalin will pull us through, bring on April 1st! Looking forward to the community enjoying the shows.

I few photos from the rehearsals…going well, but first night is not too far away!

 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.

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. 

**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.
Our aim is to produce plays for the local community.
The Executive Committee (the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, & Secretary) has overall responsibility for managing the Society, then Committee is assisted by other posts. Currently :- Booking and Patron Manager, Stage Manager, Technical Manager,  Hall liaison Manager and Social Media Manager and Social Secretary.
All posts are elected annually at the AGM from the membership by the members.
We are keen to involve our members and it is our policy that members take it in turn to Direct. New Directors are actively encouraged.  The Director has operational responsibility for delivering a play, and as such is responsible for choosing the play, cast, producer, 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.