BATS has been staging amateur productions in Antwerp for over 50 years now. Although the Belfry, our club house, has moved about a bit during this time, we are now well established in our current home at Paardenmarkt 111, where we enjoy excellent facilities that can also be hired for private functions.
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!
We also encourage members and invited guests to stage additional short plays or sketches on the Belfry's own small stage. Being a founder 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.