Bungendore Amateur Theatrical Society - 'Remember When'
For four nights and a matinee they raised the
Bungendore Hall's lovely pressed tin roof.
We missed last years performances
(we were away in Melbourne I seem to remember) but
otherwise we would have been there, because there's
something special about our local Bungendore Amateur
Theatrical Society, (abbreviated as BATS). It's both
very country and there's something strongly
'community' in seeing the townsfolk you pass in the
street, and who serve you in the shops, dressed up and
performing for your entertainment.
The BATS annual performance seems to have settled
into a musical entertainment format. There were a
couple of years of presentation of locally written,
short one act plays but they varied so much in quality
and pretension that the evening became a challenge for
the audience. This year, with a fair nod to Gilbert
and Sullivan, the "Remember When" production hit just
the right note of silly fun, some local satire and pretty
competent musical performance. When you can get a hall
full of widely mixed-age locals singing along
unselfconsciously to 'You are my sunshine', then something is just right.
There's a sense of being a minor
local celebrity there too that's fun to watch. Melany, one of our neighbours reminded me that the
show was on and asked "were we coming?" She said she
was 'just' helping backstage, but then proudly added
she was singing in the full chorus number at the end
of the night. She was
pleased when we said we'd be there.
As you'll see from some of the photos, the night was cabaret
style with tables and chairs, and everyone brought
dinner or at least some snacks. The Rotary club booked
a number of tables and many of them arrived with hot
casseroles, china, cutlery and desserts. We just took
some wine and cheese.
I've put together some larger images with some
the final night's performance. The links below open a new
window, they're divided into two longer scrolling
pages. I trust I have the names right of the people I
don't know and only wave to. Please tell me if they're wrong.
BATS 'Remember When" images Pt.1
BATS 'Remember When" images Pt.2
BATS 'Remember When" images Pt.3
Listen to a few bars of the singalong (Windows Media
program for 'Remember When' is here as a PDF
the complete cast and production crew list and here's
advertising flyer.(135k) (Thanks to their designer
Sam O'Dell. Sam is an ex-BATS office bearer and
she wrote and directed one of the best of the short
one act plays a few years back. A lovely tale of
escalating small town gossip and false conclusions
from someone seeing a car parked where it shouldn't
Thanks for the entertainment BATS, see you next year.