Congratulations to Bruce on being given Life Membership of Bats at the recent AGM. Bruce has worked in a number of areas with the company for many years and we thank Bruce for his service. Congratulations to the new members of the committee and returning and new office bearers.
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 🙂
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.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
BATS Theatre Company Inc. is marking the 2020’s by presenting the 1920’s American Classic, The Great Gatsby. This production will be a visual and aural treat.
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.
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.