Coming in 2015...
BURNESIDE Amateur Theatrical Society is pushing at the dramatic boundaries yet again - this time around staging George Orwell’s 1984.
Adapted for the stage by Matthew Dunster, the BATS production will run from May 28-30 and director Gordon Lawson is looking for actors prepared to push the boundaries in this challenging play.
From the opening scenes in a drab "Ingsoc" office where lead character Winston Smith exists as an editor of historical revisionism, through his love affair with Julia during clandestine meetings, his intellectual rebellion against the Party and his subsequent imprisonment, inquisition and torture, Gordon says "the play will challenge both actors and audience."
These days the phrases of Orwell's book may have lost their precise meaning as they passed into common language but such words as Newspeak, Doublethink, Room 101 and Thought Police still take on a chilling reality.
In the society that Orwell describes, every citizen is under constant surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens (except for the Proles). The people are constantly reminded of being observed by the now infamous phrase "Big Brother is watching you."
Big Brother is the enigmatic dictator of Oceania, a totalitarian state where the ruling Party wields total power over the inhabitants.
Orwell's 1984 portrays a dystopian society, controlled by an oligarchical government, where a few powerful people make the rules for all. It is all about power and control.
In its own day it was considered a visionary and futuristic novel, which when Orwell wrote it in 1948 painted a frightening picture of how the world would be in years to come.
For further information about the BATS production and auditions telephone 01539-727142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burneside Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS) performed its first pantomime in the Bryce Institute at Burneside in January 1975. Since then, there has been an uninterrupted run of 40 pantomimes, playing to packed houses.
In recent years, the Society has branched out into plays and musical events, ranging from Wyrd Sisters to Dracula to Showstoppers to Last Tango in Little Grimley!
Check out the latest images on The Accrington Pals page, and the extensive coverage for our 40th pantomime, Cinderella.
Our membership consists of the young and not-so-young!
And...we are always keen to encourage and recruit new members. So if you're interested...get in touch!
Membership for is £10 for Acting Members for each production. This is due payable at first rehearsal for each show. There are reduced rates for Non-Acting Members and Friends of BATS.
Over the years the Society has had a policy of ploughing any profits from productions into providing new facilities, such as lighting and sound equipment.These facilities are not only available to BATS, but to other users of the Bryce Institute in Burneside. Over the years, BATS has contributed nearly £50,000 to the on-going maintenance of the Bryce.
BATS works closely with the Management Committee of the Bryce Institute to ensure that the Institute, BURNESIDE'S VILLAGE HALL, provides marketable facilities to encourage a wide range of users to use this vital village facility.
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BATS was really pleased to be asked to participate in the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival held in Kendal in October 2014 (go to www.comicartfestival.com/ for more details)...
BATS are the proud owners of a prop TARDIS, which were glad to lend to the organisers for their Doctor Who themed events which were held in Kendal Library.
Having built a prop TARDIS for Aladdin in 2011 (well we had to get the heroes from Tibet back to Old Peking somehow!), the prop was more extensively used in the following panto, Puss in Space Boots.
Following that it languished in bits in our prop store (OK, the cellar at the Bryce), and required a bit of refurbishment to bring it back up to the condition it could be used again.
Massive success, with many children (and not a few adults) enjoyed getting inside to have their photo taken.
A couple of photos from the Doctor Who Costume Competition event....
To book seats for a show please call the Box Office on: 07792 777213