Our society was initially created in October 1913 in Shelton's; a small café on Commercial Street in Batley. We presented shows in order to raise important funds for Batley and District Hospital - and our charitable nature has continued since the societys conception.

It was decided in January 1914 that we would affiliate ourselves with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and decided on the name Batley Amateur Thespian Society. Now, in an age where words are continuously getting shorter, we are more fondly referred to as BATS!

BATS first took to the stage in 1914 during the outbreak of the First World War with a production of "Iolanthe"; a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. Due to the war, however, the next show wasn't until 1920 when the society performed "Tom Jones"; another comic opera based on a Henry Fielding novel.

Since then BATS have continued to perform shows almost every year - shows such as "Showboat" (1949), "Oklahoma" (1958 & 1956), "Little Shop of Horrors" (2012), "Scrooge" (2016) and many different cabarets and revues along the way.

The Society is looked after by a dedicated Committee headed by our President Margaret Sheard; and they ensure everything continues to run smoothly and we continue to be the success we have been for the past 100 plus years! As well as Margaret the Committee consists of:

  • Bob Burns
  • Gemma Fowler
  • Emma Hart
  • Pam Jagger
  • Suzanne Mawson
  • Ann Perks
  • John Sheard
  • Les Smith
  • Elaine Wharton

    Since 2012 we have also been fortunate enough to have Frank Hammond as our producer and director and he makes sure that BATS always gives the best performances we can. His enthusiasm for both theatre and the society always shines through in all of our productions.

    In 2014 BATS were welcomed into Mencap Hall in Batley with open arms and their members are always at Town Hall shows singing along. To say thank you to them we started doing small shows for Mencap at the Hall which often include classic sing-along numbers by ABBA and toe tapping country and western sections. In 2017 what started out as a show for Mencap - "Sing to the Swing" - was taken 'on the road' and there were 2 performances at Longcauseway Church in Dewsbury with the Musica Mirfield Swing Band where bucket collections managed to raise an astounding £400 for Mencap.

    Coming up to show-time we rehearse up to 3 times a week which can sometimes be hardgoing, but with dedicated members who often feel like family we manage to get through it. Well that, and tea and biscuits!

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    previous shows

    1914 Iolanthe 1974 Old Time Music Hall 1992 Christmas Spectacular
    1920 Tom Jones 1975 A Viennese Evening 1993 Sugar
    1920 A Greek Slave 1975 The Merry Widow 1993 NODA Cabaret
    1922 My Lady Molly 1975 Minstrel Music Hall 1993 Show Stoppers
    1922 King Of Cadonia 1976 Grenadier Guards 1994 Regimental Band of Scots Guards
    1923 Princess Ida 1976 The New Moon 1994 Christmas Celebration
    1924 Princess Sunshine 1976 Yuletide Cocktail 1995 Spring Serenade
    1924 San Toy 1977 Band Of Royal Engineers 1995 Hans Anderson
    1925 Dorothy 1977 No No Nanette 1996 Band of Royal Engineers
    1926 Tom Jones 1977 Music Hall Spectacular 1996 Christmas Spectacular
    1927 Madam Pompadour 1978 Band of the Black Watch 1997 Old Time Music Hall
    1928 Gipsy Love 1978 Die Fledermaus 1997 Sweet Charity
    1930 The Toreador 1978 Christmas Vaudeville 1998 Celebrity Concert
    1930 A Country Girl 1979 Band Of Royal Engineers 1998 Christmas Spectacular
    1931 The Quaker Girl 1979 Bless the Bride 1999 Spring into Song
    1932 The Vagabond King 1979 Christmas Crackerjack 1999 Musical Magic
    1933 The Student Prince 1980 Band of K.O.S.B 2000 Gotta Dance Gotta Sing
    1934 The Desert Song 1980 Call Me Madam 2000 Jubilee Chorus
    1935 The New Moon 1980 Christmas Spectacular 2000 Musical Magic II
    1936 The Maid Of The Mountains 1981 Band of Welsh Guards 2001 West Yorkshire Police Band
    1937 Rainbow Inn 1981 Band of US Airforce 2001 Christmas Spektacula
    1938 Rose Marie 1981 The Arcadians 2001 Jubilee Chorus
    1947 The Desert Song 1981 Christmas Extravaganza 2002 The Boyfriend
    1948 Wild Violets 1982 Band of Royal Engineers 2002 Showtime Jubilee
    1949 Showboat 1982 NODA Cabaret 2003 Mr. Scrooge
    1950 Viktoria and Her Hussar 1982 The Gypsy Princess 2003 The Good Old Days
    1951 Glamorous Nights 1982 Christmas Cocktail 2003 Half A Sixpence
    1952 Sunny 1983 Royal Welsh Fusiliers 2004 Big Band Bonanza
    1953 Coronation Cavalcade 1983 The Belle of New York 2004 Jubilee Chorus
    1953 Annie Get Your Gun 1983 A Jubilee Christmas 2004 Christmas Cracker
    1954 Bless The Bride 1984 Band of RAF Regiment 2005 American Extravaganza
    1955 The Dancing Years 1984 Irene 2006 Irene
    1956 The Student Prince 1984 Christmas Special 2006 Jubilee Chorus
    1957 White Horse Inn 1985 Band of Argyle&Sutherland Highlanders 2006 Christmas Spectacular
    1958 Oklahoma 1985 Wild Violets 2007 Big Band Bonanza
    1959 The Merry Widow 1985 Christmas Spectacular 2007 Summer Holiday
    1960 Naughty Marietta 1986 Royal Army Ord.Corps 2008 Step into Spring
    1961 The New Moon 1986 The Card 2008 Jubilee Chorus
    1962 The Desert Song 1986 Christmas Special 2008 Songsational
    1963 The Music Man 1987 Band of Coldstream Guards 2009 Crazy For You
    1964 Pirates Of Penzance 1987 The Boyfriend 2010 Songsational II
    1964 Wild Violets 1987 Christmas Kaleidoscope 2011 Calamity Jane
    1965 The Merry Widow 1988 Band of Royal Engineers 2012 Little Shop of Horrors
    1965 The Mikado 1988 Die Fledermaus 2012 Thoroughly Modern Musicals
    1966 Oklahoma 1988 Christmas Carnival 2013 High Society
    1967 Waltzes from Vienna 1989 The Band of the Scots Guards 2013 The Magic of Musicals
    1968 White Horse Inn 1989 White Horse Inn 2014 BATS on Broadway
    1969 The Quaker Girl 1989 Christmas Bonanza 2015 Me And My Girl
    1970 Merrie England 1990 Band of the 13/18 Royal Hussars 2015 In The Mood
    1971 Land Of Smiles 1990 Orpheus in the Underworld 2016 Scrooge
    1972 NODA Cabaret 1990 Christmas Sparkle 2017 Sing to the Swing
    1972 Viva Mexico 1991 NODA Cabaret 2017 Wizard of Oz
    1973 The Student Prince 1991 Half a Sixpence    
    1974 Max Jaffa Concert 1991 A Celebrity Concert    
    1974 Lisa 1992 Band of the Airborne Forces    


    want to join b.a.t.s?

    BATS has such a wide variety of members - some people have been with us decades and some joined because of the pull of a certain show and stay because they love the society. Whatever interest you have in musical theatre we want to hear from you! Both on stage and off we are always looking for new members. So if you're interested in any of the following please contact us:

    • Acting
    • Singing
    • Dancing
    • Set Design
    • Costume
    • Behind the scenes work
    • Front of house

    Email us at - thebatleythespians@gmail.com

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