Bolton enjoys one of the liveliest amateur theatre communities in Britain, a showcase for actors young and old, with superb sets, stage-lighting and costumes. Our exhibition presented a vivid picture of a year in the life of these local theatre groups (all members of BATS, Bolton Amateur Theatre Society), focusing on dress rehearsals, capturing all the fun and dedication on display.
The BATS annual programme spans a wide theatrical range, encompassing drama (Arthur Miller, Noël Coward, Tennessee Williams, Alan Bennett), pantomime (Dick Whittington, Aladdin), musicals (Oliver, The Desert Song, Cats, Grease, The Pirates of Penzance), along with variety shows, choir recitals and orchestral concerts. It continues to be one of the sparkling highlights of Bolton’s annual calendar of entertainment and culture.
Below is a small selection from our exhibition.
This 2019 exhibition, at St George’s Gallery and the Platform Gallery, was funded by BOLTON OPERATIC SOCIETY TRUST (The Bolton Guild of Help).