BATS Today

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.


The Society runs on a very small bank balance. Income comes from the following sources: sale of refreshments; a small yearly fee from members; a small yearly fee from patrons (names listed in programmes); and commercial sponsors paying for a half-page advertisement in the programme.

The main expenses are Hall hire (cheap, but paid over and over!), royalties and script books (one per cast member must be bought from the publishers). Costumes, furniture and props are borrowed whenever possible; the cast, local residents, local businesses and charity shops have been very kind over the years in this respect, and without their support many plays could not have been performed.


Further generosity is shown by the public in their purchase of raffle tickets, which BATS sells at every performance. All proceeds from these sales go to local good causes. In recent years the group has raised hundreds of pounds.

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