BATS has been staging amateur productions in Antwerp for over 50 years now. The Belfry, our club house, has moved about a bit during this time. Our last location, Paardenmarkt 111, closed down and currently we live a nomadic existence, renting storage place/rehearsal space/stages as the need arises.
Our usual season's programme consists of four main stage productions including the panto, in which up to a hundred BATS, young and old, are involved. Our traditional panto has become an essential part of the Antwerp Christmas scene. Whatever your skills or experience you are always welcome to join in - on stage or backstage!
Being a founding member of FEATS (Festival of European Anglophone Theatre Societies) we try to enter a play every year to this ever growing and popular competition.
About half our members are native English speakers, the other half being Belgians and other nationalities. Many join for fun and end up being devoted theatre addicts.
We also arrange regular social and play-reading evenings which are open to everyone with an interest in the theatre.