FEATS

BATS is looking forward to hosting the 2024 edition of FEATS, at the Zuiderpershuis from 17 to 20 May 2024

  • Four nights of English-speaking theatre, each with three one-act plays
  • All twelve plays are in the running for FEATS awards, and judged by our professional adjudicator from the UK,
  • A festival fringe, with theatre-related talks, walks, workshops, impro and performance

What is FEATS?

FEATS is the annual Festival of Anglophone Theatrical Societies. This brings together English-speaking theatre groups from mainland Europe to take part in a four-day festival, comprising four evenings of competing one-act plays, and a fringe of other theatrical performances, workshops or other cultural events.

About the competition

The current line-up for the main competition is:

  • AATG (Anglo-American Theatre Group), The Hague NL
  • ACTS (Anglophone Collaborative Theatre of Stuttgart) DE
  • ECC (English Comedy Club), Brussels BE
  • ENTITY (Entity Theatre e.V.), Munich DE
  • FEST (Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre) DE
  • GEDS (Geneva English Drama Society) CH
  • HAMBURG (The Hamburg Players) DE
  • INPLAYERS (In Players International), Amsterdam NL
  • ITG (Irish Theatre Group), Brussels BE
  • Tagora, Strasbourg FR
  • The Bonn Players DE
  • UP Hamburg (University Players Hamburg) DE

Each evening is rounded off with an initial reaction from the competition adjudicator, based on his assessment of the quality of the play and its production. On the final day, these assessments form the basis for a range of awards for different aspects of the play and its staging – and on the extent to which the plays have adhered to the competition rules.

About the Fringe

The Fringe features a range of other theatrical performances, talks, walks, workshops, impro or other performance.

More about the 2024 Fringe line-up will appear here in the Spring.

Interested in taking part? Drop us a line.

Where has FEATS come from?

The Festival has been running since three clubs got together in Rotterdam in 1976. The Anglo-American Theatrical Group hosted performances by themselves, BATS (Antwerp) and the English Comedy Club from Brussels.

A Festival has taken place under the name FEATS every year since 1978, with the exception of 2020, which was cancelled because of the Coronavirus epidemic. Normal service was resumed in 2022, after an online version of the festival in 2021.

Over these 45 years, the Festival has grown in size, with clear rules, the Competition + Fringe = Festival format, a Forum to discuss the current and future events, and a social programme for visitors and hosts to meet and talk about…theatre.

So although it is a Festival organised by amateurs for amateurs, preparation of FEATS has become a well-oiled machine.

FEATS 2024

In 2024, BATS Antwerp are proud to be hosting the Festival for the eighth time.

We are extremely excited to have secured the use of the Zuiderpershuis complex, which features all we need for a festival: a theatre and dressing-room space, rooms for Fringe performance and a Green Room, as well as a bar and various courtyards for meetings and socialising.

About the venue

The venue and its location in the heart of Antwerp all add to the attraction of FEATS 2024.

The Zuiderpershuis started out in 1883 as a hydraulic power station, providing the steam-based power for the range of cranes, locks, bridges and sluice gates that made up Antwerp’s docks, which extended almost into the heart of the city. This industrial heritage was preserved during the complex’s remake after it closed in the 1970s. It is now both a thriving cultural powerhouse and a protected monument.

The docks that were once outside the building were covered over long ago and are now home to a park and a lively collection of cafés, restaurants, galleries and shops, just a stone’s throw from the river Scheldt.

All in all it forms the perfect venue and backdrop to our festival, as a place for performance and exchange.