BATS Nominated for 2 NODA awards this year

BATS are very proud to have been nominated for not one but two NODA awards for their 2018 productions.

Cinderella The Panto (Feb 2018) is nominated in the Best Panto Category

Steel Magnolias (Sep 2018) is nominated in The Best Drama Category.

This is the icing on the cake for BATS. The pleasure and pride of putting on the shows and knowing that they were received fantastically well by audiences and reviewers alike was reward enough, but this is just above and beyond any of our expectations.

All the hard work has paid off 10 fold.

BATS are currently rehearsing their production of Robin Hood the Panto which will be performing on 21-23 Feb at Stratton Upper School, Biggleswade.

Early Bird Offer Tickets now on Sale for BATS Presentation of Darren Edward’s Panto “Robin Hood”

BATS will be performing their 31st Panto “Robin Hood” on Thursday 21st Feb 19:30 (Relaxed Evening Performance), Friday 22nd Feb 19:30 (Evening Performance) and Saturday 23rd Feb 14:30 (Matinee Performance) and 19:30 (Evening performance).

We will be performing at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade again this year.

To take advantage of this early bird offer (only available online) please go to

Rehearsals are in full swing and the set is being built – OH YES IT IS!!!!!

Keep an eye out here and on our facebook page


Steel Magnolias closes to rave reviews!

As the director of this play, I couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved with this play. The outcome exceeded my expectations ten fold. 

Ticket sales were strong. Audience response was amazing. My cast were so emotionally invested that it made for some outstanding performances on the nights. My backstage and tech crew gave it their all. Pretty much everyone knew how special this was going to be and supported whole heartedly.

And so on to the reviews. Below is a sample of some the feedback we have received so far:

That was by far & away the best play I’ve seen bats perform! Fantastic acting by everyone wouldn’t have been out of place in the west end
And what a brilliant last night it was! Sooo good, fantastic acting, direction…. extremely impressed!!!!

It was a pleasure and an honour to see Steel Magnolias tonight. What an absolutely stunning production. You should be so incredibly proud of yourselves; the hard work, passion and love that you all put into it shine throughout”

“Ladies you did a fantastic job – I loved it! You should all be very proud.”
“Well done Ladies!!  A very polished performance.   We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Absolutely super evening!”
“I had no idea that there was this much talent in BATS, can I book now for the next show please?”
“Amazing performance, I was fighting back the tears towards the end! Looking forward to seeing you all Monday evening, if a little nervous”
“Well done ladies. We loved it. Real tears and proper laughter. Very enjoyable evening”
“So classy, this was not an amateur production, but an amazing show that would rival any professional show out there”
And the pièce de résistance – we invited a NODA representative to come and review us on opening night. I won’t punish the whole review but it was so good, below are a couple of snippets:
“Sound by Tim Gardiner was excellent with the music and 80’s radio station particularly spot on and atmospheric”
“Director Melanie Wilcox did a top notch job of drilling her cast. I take my hat off to her for both taking on a major role and directing, not an easy task at the best of times! However, what she created was a top-quality team of actors playing off each other with real understanding”.
“It really was a master class of reactive acting.”
“You are unlikely to see better acting than that. It was a top team all round and it was a real pity that this show a was (owing to licencing problems) only scheduled for two performances, it deserved to run for weeks!”

“I came with the expectation of being entertained and I was not disappointed in anyway”

So that’s it! The show is over. And to quote M’Lynn, “Life goes on”! The Steel Mags have left the building.

BATS commenced the audition and rehearsal process for their Panto “Robin Hood” last night which will be on in February 19. we are always on the look out for fresh talent, so if you fancy joining our crew, on stage or off stage, checkout the contact us page on this website for details on how to join.



Our performance is now only 4 weeks away and it is getting really exciting now.

Below are the cast Bio’s, so you get to know us all before curtain up.

The set is nearing completion, costumes and sound track are being finalised and the cast are perfecting the lines and finessing the last minute changes.

All in all it is an exciting time all round for the cast, crew and from BATS as a whole.

Tickets can be purchased at the below link:

Hope to see you there….

Mel x

BATS Scoops First Prize in the Over 16 Category at the Biggleswade Carnival

A fabulous day was had by all. Well done to all the category winners. We at BATS love this annual event in Biggleswade. We love to give back what we can to our community. Whether it is events like this or putting on relaxed performances of our Panto.

It was great to see so many people out in support of the day and it was lovely to see so many of the BATS youth out. Their energy never wained at all. Well done all.

Look out for us at the Dunton Big Weekend next weekend (01/07) at 14:30, where a few of our performing members will be strutting their stuff with some Panto songs. It promises to be a fantastic show.