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Gatsby Postponed

Hi all, as many of you are probably now aware, the Government and health authorities have increased restrictions on public gatherings. As a consequence and in view of increasing concerns in relation to health and safety of the vulnerable in our community we will have to postpone the production.

We are committed to bringing this wonderful production to audiences. Ticket sales showed an incredible engagement by the local community and prior to COVID-19 concerns we were on track to sell out the season. We have been inspired by the dedication and positivity of cast and crew as we have navigated the challenges, collaboratively and optimistically.

Thank you to the on-going support of the BWMCA, affiliate groups and the local community. Let’s keep that positivity and collaborative support going.

Tickets are being refunded but we encourage everyone to re book once the season is relaunched later in the year. Community theatres and artists are going through very challenging times and continued support of patrons is vital for our future.

We believe we have created something very unique and special for the community and though we have a hiatus for a time, we will come back, with a combined energy and determination to entertain and engage the public.

This time of enforced isolation measures and containment serves to protect the vulnerable in our community. Our combined thoughts are with them and their loved ones.

We will get through this together. Once we are through these difficult times, we will need to have opportunities for people to be entertained and re-connected to community and each other.

BATS and many other community theatres will be back, to bring top notch entertainment to our healing community.

Look after each other and try and stay positive. Bats will be providing online connection via website and FB. Let’s stay in touch till we meet again 🙂

Gatsby’s Smile

“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal…

Posted by BATS Theatre Company on Monday, 9 March 2020

COVD-19 Update

Update on COVD-19 To advise that BATS Theatre Company Inc considers the health and safety of patrons, cast and…

Posted by BATS Theatre Company on Thursday, 12 March 2020



Not long now to opening night. There has been much interest generated in this production and we encourage those who have not yet booked a ticket, to do so. We have opened up more seating to accommodate the demand. Don’t miss out.


NOMINATIONS RECEIVED BY 10th March 2020 are as follows:



ALICE REA PRESIDENT Kerryl Johnson, Nicholas Smith


BRUCE OLIVE SECRETARY Kerryl Johnson, Alice Rea



PETA BEATTIE COMMITTEE Nicholas Smith, Alice Rea


ALEX TILLACK COMMITTEE Nicholas Smith, Alice Rea



IGOR EJMONT COMMITTEE Tom Jermyn, Peta Beattie

ERIN HODDER COMMITTEE Bruce Olive, Wendy Wilson

NOTE: Six (6) General Committee members will be elected from the Seven (7) nominees at the AGM


WHEN:  Tuesday 24th March, 2020
TIME:  7.30 p.m. sharp

VENUE:   BATS Clubroom, The Buderim War Memorial Hall,

Cnr. Main and Church Streets, Buderim

·        All current members of the Committee shall retire from office, and are eligible for


·        BATS Theatre Company Inc. is looking for nominations for the following positions:

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer

and Committee Members.

·        We very much welcome new people to the committee with fresh ideas and energy.

·        We are fortunate to have a Grants Officer and Technical Manager but are seeking people with relevant experience and interest in Front of House Management, Production Management, Artistic Sub-Committee, Publicity and Sponsorship, Events and Marketing and creative personnel for Art Design, Set Design, Properties Management. Those with an interest in other areas are encouraged to get involved. There may be opportunities to develop skills whilst working with an established mentor with relevant experience and expertise. These roles do not have to be Committee positions and may report to committee from time to time as required.

In order to be eligible to nominate, you need to be a financial member for 2020

Nomination forms are attached to this notice or on the BATS website or by contacting the President, Alice Rea on email:

Nominations must be received by close of business 14 days prior to the A.G.M., in this case being 10th March 2020.

Forms can be posted to BATS Theatre Company Inc. P.O. Box 223, Buderim.  4556.

The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting shall be;
(i)   the receiving of the Committee’s report and the balance sheet and statement of accounts for the preceding financial year.
(ii)  the receiving of the auditor’s report upon the books and accounts for the preceding financial year.
(iii) The election of members of the Committee
(iv) the appointment of an auditor

(V)  a) Amendment of Alteration of Constitution to Clause 17 by removing ‘President’ and replacing with ‘Chief Executive’.

(v) b) Correction on page 8 of BATS Theatre Company Inc. Rules, typographical error.  ‘COMITTEE’ should be ‘COMMITTEE’.

Committee Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.  At the time of nomination all nominees, proposers and seconders must be financial members approved by the committee.

Hope to see you at the meeting.  Remember this is your Theatre Group so your participation is encouraged and welcome.

In the News

please note that Nancy Moule did not costume the ladies on the Australia Day parade

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Adapted by Barry Lowe, Directed by Peta Beattie

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

BATS Theatre Company Inc. is marking the start of the 2020’s by presenting the 1920’s American Classic, The Great Gatsby. We have assembled a stellar multi-talented cast and a live jazz band. This production will be a visual and aural treat, featuring the music of the early jazz age and authentic costumes by Nancy Moule, of the Roaring 20s.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, adapted beautifully by Australian playwright Barry Lowe was first presented in the historic setting of Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne. This production, is also set in an historic building, the Buderim War Memorial Hall. The Hall was originally the School of Arts building and was filled with live theatre, dances and concerts from 1924 when it was constructed. In 1945, the people of Buderim decided the School of Arts should serve as a ‘living’ memorial to the fallen soldiers of the community. The Buderim War Memorial Hall has seen many performances over the years by different groups and BATS is proud to continue its association with the venue.

This production will feature a live band, singing and dancing and the hall will be decked out in the splendor of yesteryear, with old photographs of Buderim on display from the 1920s.

The story, narrated in part by Nick Carraway, deals with the events of a summer in Long Island in 1922. Nick introduces us to the various characters and we have an invitation to the enigmatic Jay Gatsby’s party.

Vintage cars will complete the picture of the past as audiences are asked to step back in time and come dressed in Gatsby inspired attire

Gatsby is drawn by the green light across the bay and dreams of what might be. Soon two very different worlds collide, one of ash, and one of green-the past and future blur and nothing will ever be the same again.


Phone Booking: 0427 856 680
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