What's new with Bath Drama . . . 

Friday 29th December

Pantomime -

Tickets are now on sale for Snow White A Pantomime, Bath Drama's annual spectacle. Get your tickets now to ensure you don't miss what is shaping up to be a brilliant Panto!




Next social -

On Wednesday, January 22nd 2020 we are inviting you all to join us in a celebration of the New Year and Bath Drama's 101st year! It is a relaxed get together, and one where we will be asking you, the members, what you want from us in 2020 and beyond!

School for Scandal -

School for Scandal has been cast! We welcome some familiar faces, along with some incredibly talented new ones in this 18th century comedy! First read-through will be taking place next Wednesday and rehearsals begin in the New Year. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.


Wednesday 18th September

School for Scandal - 

Auditions confirmed for School for Scandal. They will take place on October 20th & October 23rd 7.30pm - 10pm at the Rec Pavilion. If you are interested in auditioning, find out more on our Auditions page.


Thursday 5th September 


AGM - 

This years AGM will be held on Thursday 12th September, 19.30 at the Rec! 

All welcome - a glass on arrival of red, white, or beer!

See you there!



Tickets now on sale for our Autumn show - Things I Know to be True by Andrew Bovell





Tuesday July 2nd




WHAT: Labelled "One of the funniest plays of all time" Michael Frayn's 1982 play, Noises Off. 

WHEN: Tuesday 16th July, doors open at 7pm. Script reading begins at 7.30pm

WHERE: The Rec Pavilion, through the turnstiles accessible via William St. BA24DE

 All are welcome, monthly play readings are a great way for members old and new to meet and catch up!




Join us for Bath Drama's annual Summer Party!

WHEN: Sunday July 14th starting at 5.30pm 

WHERE: The Rec Pavilion, through the turnstiles accessible via William St. BA24DE

Members, family and friends all welcome!! 

Please bring a Bottle and a Plate, and we shall try to bring the Sun!

Let's celebrate Bath Drama's 100th Birthday together, look back fondly on a great first half of 2019, and look ahead to the exciting projects coming up in the second half of the year and beyond!


Monday July 1st



Casting Call: Bath Drama's Snow White, Pantomime

Audition dates: Sunday, July 28th 2.30pm - 5.30pm & Tuesday July 30th 7pm - 10pm.

Audition & Rehearsal location: The Rec Pavilion (accessible via William St. Bath, BA24DE)

Rehearsal schedule: Rehearsals will begin in October. Sunday afternoons and one evening, midweek.

Performance dates: Thursday January 16th - Sunday January 19th 2020.

Performance venue: The Rondo Theatre, Bath.


Sarah the Cook - M/F

The Dame. Looking for an actor who is comfortable with character singing, acting and dancing, as well as someone who is great with audience interaction and ad-libbing.

Boris/ Enchanted King - M

Dual-role*. Looking for an actor who is comfortable with multi-rolling and exploring a character journey.

Snow White - F

The principle female. Looking for an actor who is a good all-rounder, and fits the traditional Principle female role.

The Wicked Queen - F

The villain. Looking for an actor who is able to combine the performance of the Pantomime villain, with grace and elegance. Able to switch between the two confidently and effortlessly.

The Magic Mirror - M/F

The mirror will double up as a Chorus member, and will need to be able to convey a lot through their facial performance. Looking for someone comfortable in playing a character as well as a part in the Chorus.

Wolf & Scorpio - M/F

The double act. Wolf is the 'Braun' and Scorpio is the 'Brains' of the Wicked Queen's biddings. Comedy timing is a key part of both roles, and working as part of a double act is key in these two roles.

Seymour - M

The principle male. Looking for an actor who is a good all-rounder. The Prince in the production, and so will need to fit the traditional Principle male role.

The Seven Dwarfs - M/F

Prof, Timid, Joyful, Grouchy, Snotty, Dozy, Stupid

Seven characters of any size, age and gender, looking specifically for the personalities for each role, and so each actor will be comfortable portraying one of the above through song, dance, RAPPING! and acting.

Gladiator Referee/Herald - M/F

Dual-role*. Looking for an actor who can do a convincing Scottish accent (John Anderson of the TV show Gladiators), and can effectively switch into a confident Herald in charge of entertainment.


A.k.A The villagers

Looking for a chorus of talented all-rounders who can bring the stage to life with their own characters throughout the production, and can inject the soul of Pantomime into the choral songs & dances, as well as adding their characters into the lively choral scenes.


Those auditioning for the following characters, please prepare a short song extract, to be sung acapella: Snow White, Seymour, Wolf & Scorpio, Sarah, Boris & Wicked Queen. 

Please wear appropriate clothing for movement. There will be a movement workshop as part of the audition.

We are casting the full company, and welcome actors from all backgrounds and ages. 

If you are interested in auditioning to be onstage, or working with us backstage, please email lauren.arenamccann@gmail.com or matthew.d.rushton@gmail.com with your interest and which audition you can attend, as well as any questions you may have.


Tuesday 12th March



 Our readings are back! 

Now that we have a permanent spot again, we're delighted to begin hosting our readings again.

The first one of the year will be a reading of Our Town by Thornton Wilder hosted by Steve Curtis.

Tuesday 26th March
Rec Pavilion
Wine/Beer on arrival

Readings are a great place to meet like minded people and enjoy a play in a relaxed and friendly environment


Have you ever wanted to host a reading? Have a play you love and haven't heard in a while?
If you'd like to host a reading, or have an idea for a play that we could read - get in touch at bathdrama@outlook.com 





Things I Know to be True by Andrew Bovell

WHEN: MONDAY 15th APRIL 19.30 / WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL 19.30

WHERE: Bath Rec Pavilion, Recreation Ground

PERFORMANCE DATES: 2nd - 5th October 2019


Bob and Fran have worked hard to give their four children the opportunities they never had. Now, with the kids ready to make lives of their own, it's time to sit back and smell the roses. But the change of the seasons reveals some shattering truths, leaving us asking whether it's possible to love too much.


NOTE ON PLAYING AGES - the ages highlighted are merely suggestions and whilst the family breakdown is listed this way, I'm most interested in finding six people who work well together and get that chemistry right, so don't be put off if you don't quite meet the bracket.


BOB - (55-65) - Has been made redundant, throws himself into his garden and his children to ignore the realities of his misery

FRAN - (45-60) - A senior nurse and seemingly in control of everything

PIP - (late thirties) - an education department bureaucrat, a mother, a wife, she has it all, right?

MARK - (early thirties) - an IT specialist. He's carried a secret in his heart for a long time.

BEN - (late twenties) - a financial worker - new apartment, fast car, he's the picture of success.

ROSIE - (the youngest sibling) - doesn't know who she is, or what she wants to be yet. A little lost.

The play premiered in 2016, it is beautifully touching, funny and bold.

'An intricate, inventive study of family life. Genuinely beautiful.' - Evening Standard



Sunday 10th February



This year, Bath Drama are turning 100!

We've already seen in our centenary year with our fantastic pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk and would like to thank everyone involved. Whether you worked backstage, provided costumes, built set, worked front of house, starred upon the stage or were yelling OH NO YOU DIDN'T's from the audience - thank you.




As many of you know, we've been somewhat in limbo whilst our hut undergoes it's refurbishment.
We have now moved, permanently, into the rec pavilion. After viewing the space that was created in the hut, it was agreed with the rec that we'd be better off in the pavilion. It is bigger and has better facilities for us. All of our readings, workshops, auditions and socials will now take place there unless otherwise stated.

In celebration of this, we'd like to invite you to an open evening. There will be complimentary fizz for you and a chance to take a look around the new space, whilst meeting other members of the Bath Drama community.

19.30 at the Rec Pavilion on Tuesday 19th February
Bring a plate for the buffet
Fizz on arrival

All welcome!



Our readings are back!

Now that we have a permanent spot again, we're delighted to begin hosting our readings again.

The first one of the year will be a reading of Our Town by Thornton Wilder hosted by Steve Curtis.

Tuesday 26th March
Rec Pavilion
Wine/Beer on arrival

Readings are a great place to meet like minded people and enjoy a play in a relaxed and friendly environment


Have you ever wanted to host a reading? Have a play you love and haven't heard in a while?
If you'd like to host a reading, or have an idea for a play that we could read - get in touch at bathdrama@outlook.com



19th February: Welcome party at the Rec Pavilion
26th March: Reading of Our Town at the Rec Pavilion
15th/17th April: Auditions for Things I Know to be True at the Rec Pavilion
8th - 11th May: Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley at the Rondo Theatre


Please note that to find the Rec Pavilion, you should turn off Great Pulteney Street down William Street, walk through the turnstile and the large green building to your right is the pavilion. Access is through the front door facing the field.  


Friday 16th November




Celebrate 100 years of Bath Drama with us in 2019! First up is our annual, fun for all the family panto - Jack and the Beanstalk!

Tickets on sale now! 


Wednesday 10th October



Join us on Thursday 18th October for a very special reading of a new and exciting play by local playwright and thespian William W. Jesmond de Clermont

Call of the Void  


What does the Grim Reaper, a Henry Hoover and a Televised Medium share in common? In this telling, they help explain what happens after Death - or more specifically, suicide.
The Grim Reaper comes but not as you would think, with a dark sense of humour and an age old cynicism - his conversations help the departed let go of these earthly coils in unexpected ways, designed to give us all a different point of view.
Strong language and dark themes - this play is not for the faint of heart.

This reading will be held at 8pm at the Rec Pavilion on Thursday 18th October.
The reading will be followed by a discussion around the play, including Q&A and an open invitation to share your thoughts, feelings and ideas.
A glass of wine or a beer is yours upon arrival, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
The reading is free to attend.

If you have any questions please contact us at bathdrama@outlook.com


Tuesday 19th September


Auditions for 'The Ghost Train', performances May 8th - 11th at The Rondo Theatre, directed by Gill Morrell

Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th October, 19:30, at the Rec Pavilion (Head along Great Pulteney Street and turn down William Street, the red and green building is where we'll be!)

'The Ghost Train' is a comedy thriller, written in 1925 by Arnold Ridley, of 'Dad's Army' fame, who was for some years a member of Bath Drama.

As it is part of our centenary celebrations, 'The Ghost Train' will be set back to 1919. The Rondo are keen to support our centenary, so there will probably be a Gala Performance and hopefully lots of publicity for what is, anyway, a very popular play.

Set on a dark and stormy night in the waiting room of a remote Cornish railway station, a group of stranded passengers (and the audience) are wound up gradually to a state of terror by the tales - and appearance - of a mysterious ghost train which kills anyone who sees it - until a fast-moving and, frankly, incredible denouement ends the play. The set, lighting, costumes and, especially, the sound plot are massively important to the atmosphere of the play so all offers of help in those areas will be welcome.

Rehearsals will be from early February on Sundays (late afternoon / early evening) and one mid week evening. Missing the odd rehearsal is not necessarily a problem but everyone needs to be available from May 3rd.

The Cast - playing ages are indicated but could be stretched.

Richard Winthrop, a businessman, 30+, short-tempered, about to leave his wife ...
Elsie, 25+, bored with their marriage, aggressively sure of herself
Charles Murdock, 20 - 30, part of a failing family firm, so about to leave for the colonies, on his honeymoon with ...
Peggy, 20 - 25, fresh, innocent, trusting
Miss Bourne, 50+, a spinster travelling with her lovebirds in a cage, upright and teetotal, disapproves of modern young people. Succumbs to brandy half way through the play
Teddie Deakin, 20 - 40, apparently a silly young(ish) man-about-town, facetious, irritating, very smartly dressed
Saul Hodgkin, Station Master, 40+, local accent, tells the ghost story to great effect, disappears for most of the second half of the play
Herbert Price, a local businessman, any age
Julia Price, his sister, 25 - 35, highly dramatic, apparently terrorised into hysteria by the ghost train stories
John Sterling, a doctor, any age
Jackson, a policeman, any age. Very small part


Tuesday 14th August


This years AGM will be held on Thursday 13th September in the rec Pavillion.

Join us from 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with complimentary wine, beer and snacks!

It will be a friendly and informal evening, where we will update everyone on progress regarding our beloved hut as well as a run through of the previous years successes. We can discuss what's to come in the next 12 months as well as any other business.

The AGM is the perfect opportunity to show your interest in Bath Drama and its committee, we're always on the look out for new members who have a passion for drama in the local community.

If you have any business you wish to raise, please email kirsty.r.woods@gmail.com and we can put it on the agenda.

See you there!

The rec pavillion is the red and green building, visible from the back of the hut. Please turn off Pulteney Street, down William Street where the pavillion is accessible through the turnstile. There is no parking available on the rec.



Sunday 10th June 





Bath Drama Centenary Production - Jack and the Beanstalk by James Barry


AUDTION DATES: Monday 16th July & Thursday 19th July - 7:30pm

AUDTION VENUE: Bath Rec Pavilion (visible from the Hut Window, just across the field)

PERFORMANCE DATES: Weds 16th to Sunday 20th January 2019 (get in on Sun 13th January)

VENUE: The Rondo Theatre


A very traditional and funny pantomime with a variety of different roles which will be good fun for everyone involved. Lots of bad jokes, good versus evil, love, a cow, a spider and of course a giant at the top of the magically growing beanstalk. The story follows a very traditional narrative with lots of fun, singing, dancing & larger than life characters. The perfect panto to celebrate 100 years of Bath Drama!


Jack Trott (M or F)
Lazy but with a heart of gold. A dreamer. Lots of potential for comedy and singing.

Billy Trott (M or F)
Jack's less than intelligent brother. Lots of silly word play. Comedic sidekick role.

Mrs Trott (M)
Traditional pantomime dame. Jack's mum. Lots of innuendo and comedy. Very much a man playing a woman. Larger than life.

King Bernard the Bemused: (M)
A bit of a wimp. Scared of the giant.

Princess Rose (F)
A slightly rebellious royal. Lots of humour and opportunities for singing.

Giant Blunder: (M or F) Big scary giant. Thunderous voice. Slightly slow.

Mrs Plunder: (F) The giant's wife. Evil. Does giants bidding.

Fairy Flora: (F) Good fairy. Speaks in rhyme.

Daisy the Cow: Fun skin part for 2 energetic people. Involves lots of slapstick routines and a tap dance. M or F x2

Chorus of Villagers, Sprites, Skeletons, Soldiers, Puppets


Rehearsals will start in mid-October and will be on most Sundays (2pm - 7pm) and one evening a week which will increase nearer to production week.

The auditions will be relatively informal. You will be required to move about and get a few scenes on their feet. Everybody will get the opportunity to read for the part they are interested in. Singing may be involved. Anyone is welcome to come and audition - you do not have to be experienced.

We look forward to meeting you all soon.

Friday 23rd March





Bath Drama's autumn show will be the dark farce 'Loot' by Joe Orton to be directed by James Dennis.

Auditions will be on Thursday 3rd and Wednesday 9th May, both sessions starting at 7.30pm at the Bath Drama Hut.

Show week will be the w/c 7th October, with performances on the 10th - 13th October 2018

'Loot' satirises the Roman Catholic church, social attitudes to life and death, relationships, and the integrity of the police force, and has potential for a fantastic piece of ensemble work.



Female. Playing age: 40's. A Catholic nurse employed to care for Mrs McLeavy, who died before the play. Typical Femme Fatale, who will do anything for money. Persistent and seductive, she has been through seven husbands, all dying violently and in suspicious circumstances...


Male. Playing age: late 50's/early 60's. Honest, naïve, respectable, and a devout Catholic. A self-proclaimed good man, he insists that his wife was precious to him, but he has devoted most of his attention to his roses...


Male. Playing age: 20's/early 30's. The only child of the McLeavy's. A common thief with few morals. Charming, but is constantly worried about committing some unforgivable sin. He is sexually promiscuous and a criminal...


Male. Playing age: 20's/early 30's. A lady's man, and Hal's partner. Undertaker's assistant, shrewd and adept. He is sexually loose and has impregnated five young women while also being in a relationship with Hal...


Male. Playing age: any age but needs presence. A police inspector, flamboyant and sneaky. He has a skewed sense of morality and makes bold assumptions.


Any age, any gender. Corrupt police officer.

If you have any further questions, please contact the director, James Dennis at james.dennis192@gmail.com 

Saturday 3rd March

Tickets now on sale for our Spring show...



Click here for tickets 


Friday 26th January

What a roaring success! Thank you so much to all those who came to Treasure Island, we hope you had great fun!

Up next...

We have two readings scheduled.

The first...




When We Are Married by J B Priestley -  an open reading of this very funny play led by Gill Morrell, this is a wry look at the outcomes of romance. Why not bring a bottle and chocolates since it's Valentine's Day? Starting promptly at 7.30pm on 14th February at the Hut.

A group of three couples, old friends and all married on the same day in the same chapel, gathers at the Helliwells' home to celebrate their silver anniversary. When they discover that they are not legally married, each couple initially reacts with proper Victorian horror - what will the neighbours think? - and all three couples find themselves reevaluating their marriages; hovering closely over the proceedings is the Yorkshire Argus' alcohol-soaked photographer, keen to record the evening's events for posterity, and a wickedly destructive housekeeper who is hoping to use the couples' mortification to her own advantage. In the end, of course, everything turns out well, and the play ends on a happy note.


And after...




More on that one later...


A note about our readings...

These are non-rehearsed readings led by a member of our committee, or anyone else who fancies it! We welcome everyone, regardless of age or experience. It's a great way to meet like minded people and to have a chat with those who run Bath Drama.
It's bring your own tipple, though tea and coffee is available. We usually bring along some snacks too!

See you there! 


Friday 29th December

Meet the good guys...




Dame Harriet Hawkins, Ella, Captain Smollett, Polly and Jim invite you on an adventure!


Join us for Treasure Island, 17 - 21st January at the Rondo Theatre!

www.ticketsource.co.uk/rondotheatre for tickets


Copyright Bonnie Rose Photography (C) 2008-2017 All Rights Reserved www.bonnie-rose.co.uk 



Thursday 14th December

Have you got your tickets yet??

One month to go until Treasure Island is live!


 Long John Silver and a young shipmate invite you to join us at Treasure Island! 17-21 January at The Rondo Theatre, Larkhall.




Monday 20th November



Sunday 24th September

Auditions for Oliver Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer', directed by Gill Morrell, take place on Monday October 16th and Thursday October 19th at 7.30pm at the Drama Hut.

This classic comedy was first performed in 1773 and has kept audiences laughing ever since. There are some great characters and even the smallest parts are interesting to play and will be on stage quite a lot.

Performances will be Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th April at The Rondo. There will be an initial read through some time before or just after Christmas but rehearsals will start properly around February 8th, with two a week, one on a Sunday and one a mid-week evening.

Characters and playing ages:

Mr Hardcastle, the local squire, (50+), an old-fashioned country gentleman, brusque but with the proverbial heart of gold

Mrs Hardcastle, his wife, (50+), excitable, silly, socially-ambitious, vain, besotted with her son who she wants to marry Constance

Tony Lumpkin, her son by a previous marriage, (early 20s), lazy, hard-drinking, a practical joker, willing to do anything to avoid marrying Constance

Kate Hardcastle, their daughter (18+), fashionable, clever and beautiful, she pretends to be a maid in order to find out Marlow's true character

Constance Neville, Kate's cousin and best friend (18+), also fashionable, clever and beautiful; in love with Hastings

Marlow, a young man about town, (20s- 30s), sent by his father to marry Kate, desperately shy with young ladies but a bit too confident with girls from lower social backgrounds

Hastings, also a man about town, (20s - 30s), in love with Constance, charming and clever

Sir Charles Marlow, (50s+), Marlow's father - small part

Landlord , or Landlady, any age, one scene only but doubled with servants or Sir Charles

Maid to Kate, any age but probably young, also doubled with a drinker in the pub

Three or four servants, all with some lines, any age, male or female, doubled with drinkers in the pub

If you want to know more, or if you can't make the audition dates, contact Gill beforehand - gillmorrell1@gmail.com


Wednesday 23rd August 



Tuesday 5th September will bring this year's AGM.

There has been lots of discussion around the future of our beloved drama hut. All will be shared at the meeting, with a chance to ask any questions and get a clear picture of what's happening.

The AGM is a chance to find out more about Bath Drama, who runs it and what we aim to acheieve. We'll ask our current committee members if they wish to stay on and there's an open invitation to anyone wanting to join us. We're always looking out for passionate and caring people to join the club and especially the committee.

Bath Drama's AGM will be at 19.30 in the Hut, Vane Street.
See you there! 



Saturday 1st July 

We're hosting our very own week of workshops to celebrate all things drama!

Join us at The Hut, Vane Street Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July for five evenings of fun!

Each evening starts at 19.30 and is open to everyone.

Monday - Thursday, our workshops are £3 each or £10 for all four!

Friday brings us all together for a BBQ, Bingo and a raffle! This is £7 for adults and £3.50 for under 15s.

All evenings are pay on the door.




Monday 10th July - Devising Workshop

Gemma De Carteret hosts an evening that explores mental health through drama. Looking to create an original script, she'll bring ideas, characters and plots and then you'll improvise the scenes.

This evening is suitable for everyone, whether you've had experience with mental health or not, whether you're an actor, a writer or a director, come together and help Gemma create something new.




Tuesday 11th July - Directing Workshop

Ever wanted to direct but unsure where to begin? Love a play but unsure how you'd stage it? Come along to this directing workshop and see what you could learn. Gill Morrell is an experienced and ambitious director who has staged many successful productions for Bath Drama and Shakespeare Live.

No experience necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to learn!




Wednesday 12th July - Drama Games & Improv

Leave your inhibitions at the door! Cara Aldous and Kirsty Woods are hosting an evening of drama games and improv. This will explore old favourites and brand new games. Give you a chance to meet new and like minded people and have a lot of fun!




Thursday 13th July - Talking Gibberish in Gromalot

Gromalot is a style of language used in satirical theatre, a gibberish with macaronic and onomatopoeic elements, used in association with mime and mimicry.

Join David Wood as he leads us through this hilarious drama technique!




Friday 14th July - Social

Join us on Friday for a celebration of the week, the month and the year!

Our famous summer BBQ will be teamed with an evening of Bingo and a raffle with some great prizes to be won, kindly donated by local companies such as Boston Tea Party, Sally Lunn's, The MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel, Bath Massage Company, The Roman Baths and The Bath Fashion Museum. Friends and family welcome.


Sunday 11th June 

As I'm sure you know ...

Bath Drama is a community theatre group and we rely on the support of you, and people like you, to make our club work.

We are always in need of help when it comes to productions and our readings and our workshops. Aside from the actors that make a show, there is a whole array of people who work tirelessly backstage to put a performance together.

Read on to find out a little more about where we need help.



We host a monthly reading. These are free to attend and open to all.
We are on the lookout for people who want to host a reading, maybe you've written something that you want to hear read out loud? Or maybe you've got an old favourite you haven't heard in a while.
Even if you don't want to host, but have a play in mind, get in touch and we can always have one of our passionate members host it for you.



Our week of workshops is coming up, and we're so excited about the talent that's going to be put on display, that we want to make these workshops a monthly affair.

We want to invite anyone who'd like to host a workshop to get in touch and tell us a bit about what they want to do.

If you're a drama teacher, acting coach, a writer or you just have a passion and a skill you'd like to share, get in touch and let us help you run a workshop!





All of our sets are designed and constructed by volunteers, and we are eternally grateful for the skill and passion they bring. One of our dearest and most talented set designers is going travelling so we need an extra pair of hands to help out.
Our next two plays, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and our pantomime Treasure Island, are approaching fast. If you can help build and design sets, please get in touch.

You'll work closely with the director, the lighting technician and the stage manager to create wonderful sets for fantastic productions.





We're pretty lucky to have a great selection of talented people who live locally who can help us when it comes to sound and lights for our shows. But they're not always available, so we need more of you talented folk to step forward and show us what you're made of.

We need a lighting operative for our October show, Ghosts (4th - 7th) and a sound technician for our Winter Pantomime, Treasure Island (17th - 21st January).

If you can help, please get in touch.





Our committee meet once a month to run all things Bath Drama! We are a passionate bunch who care a lot about the community and theatre in it!
We always look out for talented and dedicated people who want to help run a successful club!




Bath Drama only succeeds because of the support we receive from all of you.
Please keep supporting us by auditioning for our plays, attending our readings and workshops, working backstage and buying tickets to our productions.

Bath Drama is open to people of all abilities and we always welcome newcomers. Membership is only £10 a year. We don't charge for auditions and are readings are free of charge. We produce three shows a year and hold regular social events.

Please spread the word!



Wednesday 7th June


In a change of schedule, our reading on Wednesday June 14th will now be 'Halfway up the Tree' by Peter Ustinov.

A comedy in three acts!

"This timely satire on the everlasting generation gap is not content to dally with the problem, but boldly thrusts on by having the older generation beat the younger at its own game. It begins with the return from middle east duty of a general who finds he hardly recognizes his children. His son has embraced the new cult of the moment and his daughter is enceinte by persons unknown. Rather than rant and rave, the general looks into the matter. And, by george, he even adapts to it. The children protest that he is aping them and trying to shame them into going back into society; but no, he is in earnest as he climbs a tree and elevates the cult to new realms. Soon, everybody wants a tree to climb into." (Samuel French)

Join us for a fun filled evening, from 19.30 at the Bath Drama Hut on Vane Street.

Free entry - BYOB - all ages and abilities welcome

REMEMBER - we are always on the lookout for people who want to host their own reading. If you fancy it, drop us a line at bathdrama@outlook.com



Wednesday 31st May



Row, row, row your boats, quickly 'cross the sea,
Off to find the treasure chest - a pirate's life for me!

Bath Drama's winter show will be Treasure Island! The famous tale as you've never seen it before.
'RL Stevenson's rollicking adventure yarn featuring Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, Blind Pew, Ben Gunn et al., brought to vivid life by the team of Claire Wright, Richard Hales, & Mike Hogan.
Young Jim and his Mum Harriet find Captain Flint's map and aided by Squire Trelawney and his daughter Polly set sail in Captain Smollett's ship to retrieve the treasure. But he is pursued by Flint's vindictive spirit, and assorted cut-throats, including the infamous Long John silver.

A feast of fun and adventure, fast-paced, and with "ha-hars" galore!'


Jim Hawkins - Principal boy, son of the Dame. In love with Polly. A bright, honest character.
Dame Harriet Hawkins - Dame. Owns the Admiral Benbow Inn. Terrible flirt, very over-the-top.
Polly Trelawney - A sweet, good-natured and intelligent girl.
Squire Trelawney - Good, rich, landed gentry. Bit of a 'nice but dim' character.
Sam - Comedy duo
Ella - Comedy duo

Captain Flint - A very melodramatic and evil character.
Long John Silver - Captain of the Pirates. A significant and pivotal role.
Blind Pew - Second in command, blind, sarcastic and clever.

Billy Bones - An old sea dog, dramatic.
Ben Gunn - A pirate who has been marooned on the island for years, talks to the animals.

There is also a large selection of 'chorus' members, made up of inn regulars, pirates and animals.

There is plenty of opportunity to double up in parts and plenty of lines for all involved.

I've not specified ages or sexes, as in true pantomime style, the parts can be mixed up and very non-traditional.

There are some fantastic musical numbers, some great costumes and some really great lines. The show will be great fun for all involved.


Auditions will be held on Monday the 17th and Wednesday the 19th July in the Bath Drama Hut, Vane Street at 19.30

If you'd like to be considered but can't make these dates, please email the director at kirsty.r.woods@gmail.com

Rehearsals will start mid-October and will be Wednesday and Sunday evenings until January. Show dates are the 17th - 21st January 2018. 


Thursday 25th May


Our next reading will be The Unquiet Season by Stella Townson
A stranger arrives in a small seaside community looking for a colleague who has disappeared.
He meets a young local girl and her friend, a young vulnerable lad; also an older woman who runs the local b and b. He becomes emotionally involved with them and his questions upset the local people and during a procession an altercation follows. The missing man has also been involved with them all emotionally and it is suggested he has come to harm as a result.

Perdita (young)
Clive (young)
John Wakes (middle aged)
Susan Lovell (middle aged)
Locals (men, various)

The Unquiet Season is an original piece, written by a local, published author. Stella is looking forward to hearing her play read aloud and hopes to follow the reading with a discussion around staging ideas.
She hopes to produce the play in the future and is open to ideas, so this will be a lively evening.

As usual, our readings are free of charge and it's bring your own tipple.
(Tea, Coffee and Squash are available)

Wednesday 14th June, 19.30 at The Hut, Vane Street



Saturday 1st April




Bath Drama's autumn production, in mid October will be Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Robert Constantine.

As far as he's aware, this play has not been performed in Bath since Bob's previous production with the club in 1985. His preference is to do the play in period (1880) using Michael Meyer's translation (published by Methuen).

Mrs Alving, widow of a distinguished public official, 50s/60s.
Her son Oswald, 20s/ early 30s
Pastor Manders, the upright and moralistic local clergyman, 50s.
Engstrand, a dissolute seaman, 40s/50s
Regina, his supposed daughter and Mrs Alving's maid, 20s.




Monday April 10th

Christopher Hampton's brilliant play - Les Liaisons Dangereuses (in English!)
Bath Drama Hut opens at 7.15, starting at 7.30

Open reading - everyone can take part but listeners also welcome. A chance to read a part for which you may not be the right age or even gender!

The scandalous story of 18th century French society as the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont conspire to corrupt a young girl barely out of her convent education a chilling portrayal of decadence and sexual cynicism.

Light refreshments, or bring some wine and feel French for the evening! 


Saturday 11th March 

Tickets now on sale for our Spring show - Gothic! Tales of the uncanny!

Buy tickets here! 


Sunday 26th February


Join us this Wednesday - 1st March at 7pm at the Hut for our first social of the year - a quiz!

£3 per head, bring your own tipple and something for the buffet.

Come in a team (max 6) or join one when you get there!

See you Wednesday! 


Sunday 19th February


Rehearsals are in full swing for our Spring show - Gothic! At the Rondo Theatre 26th - 29th April.

Tickets on sale soon here 

Our first reading is here! Wednesday 22nd February, a reading of Romanoff and Juliet hosted by David Wood at The Hut, Vane Street. 19.30 - all welcome!

We're having a quiz to raise some funds for future shows! Join us on Wednesday 1st March from 19.00 at the Hut, Vane Street. BYOB £3 per head! 

Tuesday 10th January


Posted on 10th January 2017


Dick Whittington by Gill Morrell 


A Bath Drama production

Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath

11th - 13th January at 7.30pm

tickets 0333 666 3366.


You thought it was all over? Well it will be soon, but there's still time to catch a panto at the Rondo.

Classic Dick Whittington and his cat (Tiddles, a little gem from Cherry Bull-Lifely) but unclassically they get to Morocco after a shipwreck (cue very clever Davy Jones' locker light effects).


Naturally there's a dame (Ryan Aherin), a likeable fairy (Cara Aldous), Alderman Fitzwarren (Jeremy Reece), villainous Queen Rat (Helen Corking and her Ratlets) and a great Idle Jack (on form Thomas Menezes).


Throw in terrific sets, lavish costumes plus a live band, hero Dick (suitably striking Issy Jacob), his amour Alice Fitzwarren (Josie Palmer), a hatful of other characters and what more could you want?


So it's not too late, get the children bundled up and down to Larkhall for traditional pantomime and perhaps you'll give them a taste for theatre, instead of laptop, mobile phone and Facebook. You know it makes sense.


Philip Horton



Tuesday 10th January

Dick Whittington opens tomorrow!

A few teaser pictures for you;



Get your tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/rondotheatre or on the door! 



Monday 14th November 



Our next reading is here!

Tuesday 22nd November at 7.30, at The Hut!

The Cabin written by Casey Costello

Two British brothers and their Canadian partners arrive at a modern mountain cabin in the Canadian countryside for a weeks vacation, to reconnect and relax, though their sibling rivalry, angst and jealousies prevent the four enjoying the peaceful environment. However, when a young beautiful woman who has lost her memory and an old Canadian Indian who's truck has broken down arrive unexpectedly the vacation becomes more sinister and terrifying.

All welcome! 



Tuesday 8th November




Audition notice for Bath Drama's Spring Production


A celebration of the uncanny !
Adapted and devised by Colin Barnes

The Paradise Club
Featuring the work of William Fryer Harvey, Edith Nesbit and Edgar Allan Poe.


All Hallows Tide
Inspired by Robert Aickman's 'Ringing the Changes'

Audition times: Monday 28th November @ 7.30pm
Tuesday 29th November @ 7.30pm
In The Bath Drama Hut. Vane Street. Bath. BA2 4DY

Characters for The Paradise Club

Nettie, A young woman.
Carrie, Nettie's older friend.
Dickon, Nettie's Uncle.
Greenfinch, The uninvited guest.

Characters for All Hallows Tide

Hugo, A banker.
Fran, His younger wife.
Donald, The stranger.
Mrs Pascoe, The Inn keeper.


Saturday 27th August

Buy your tickets now! 



Tickets are now on sale for our Autumn show. What promises to be a lively and entertaining evening, set to a soundtrack from the 1970's!

Click here to buy tickets. 


 Saturday 6th August

Our upcoming shows are now fully cast!

Tickets will be on sale soon from; https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/rondotheatre

Willy Russell's Stags & Hens 5th - 8th October

Dick Whittington 11th - 15th January 


Monday 11th July




Dick Whittington 

A traditional panto written and directed by Gill Morrell, with songs, dance, slapstick, spectacle, villainy, romance, puppetry and even a storm!

Performance dates will be January 11th - 15th 2017 at The Rondo, Larkhall



Dick Whittington, the hero - young, handsome and idealistic M or 'principal boy' F
Alice Fitzwarren, the heroine - young, pretty, feisty, good singer        F
Dame Sarah, the shop manageress - our Dame                                M
Alderman Fitzwarren, Alice's Father - wealthy but impractical           M
Idle Jack - lazy, likeable, hopelessly in love with Alice                       M
King Rat, the villain - evil and devious, any age                                 M
Fairy Bowbell, the good fairy - speaks in bad verse, any age            F
Captain Cod 'n' Chips - a lascivious sailor                                          M
Mate Salt 'n' Vinegar - helpful but dim                                               M/F
Sultan of Morocco - cruel and dramatic                                              M
Tiddles, a cat - non-speaking, but lots of mime                        M/F (under 16)
Two or more Ratlets - non-speaking, but lots of mime             M/F (under 16)
Townspeople, Harem dancers, Sultan's Guards                               M/F


Rehearsals will start mid-October, on most Sundays 2 - 7pm and usually one evening a week.

All welcome!

Auditions are:

Sunday 17th July at 2pm

Monday 18th July at 7.30pm

At The Hut, Vane Street 


Wednesday 6th July

Our Summer Festival starts on Monday!










Thursday 21st April




Willy Russell's
Stags & Hens

Call for auditions
Sunday 19th June at 2.30pm
Tuesday 21st June at 7.30pm
The hut, vane street

Bath Drama's Autumn show will run 5th - 8th October 2016 at the Rondo Theatre, Larkhall

Linda and Dave are getting married in the morning. Unbeknownst to each other they've decided to hold their Stag & Hen parties in the same dance hall. There's drinking, singing, dancing & a live band, the lead singer of which happens to be Linda's ex-boyfriend.
When Peter shows up he reminds Linda of all she'd be giving up if she marries Dave, which everyone expects her to do. Peter offers her an escape, but will she take it?
Willy Russell's irreverent comedy will be an entertaining night set in the 70's, whilst also addressing some real issues of the time.
Linda - The Bride, reluctantly                                      Robbie - the ladies man
Bernadette - the loud mouth                                        Billy - the oddball
Maureen - the drunk, cry-baby                                    Kav - the piss artist
Frances - the best friend                                             Eddy - the best man
Carol - the work colleague                                          Dave - the groom
                                                                                    Peter - the rockstar
                                                                                    Roadie - (can be doubled)

 Playing ages should be in their twenties, but if you can pull off being a little younger, please do come along. Most important is that the cast can appear to be a group of close friends.
Rehearsals will run Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout August and September. If you cannot make these audition dates but would like to be considered, please emailkirsty.r.woods@gmail.com

For any further information in the mean time, please email bathdrama@outlook.com  


Friday 8th April

Opening night is less than a week away ...



This year, in place of a summer production, we are delighted to announce our first Summer Festival.

11th July will bring the first of a week long series of workshops, culminating in an evening of entertainment for all to enjoy.


Monday 11th July: Pinter, an evening.

Hosted by Toby Lee

Tuesday 12th July: Improv, a workshop.

Hosted by Bonnie Rose

Wednesday 13th July: Mask Performance, a workshop.

Hosted by David Wood

Thursday 14th July: Improv with Austen

Hosted by Gill Morrell

Friday: Open House

Hosted by Bath Drama

All workshops are free to attend and we welcome new members as well as old.

The Open House will bring an evening of short performances accompanied by drinks, nibbles, and a host of Bath Drama members to talk to. We invite our friends, families and those new to Bath Drama to join us for an evening of fun.

The Open House is also free to attend.


If you have a short (5 - 15 minute) piece you think would be good for the Open House and would like to perform or read it, please get in touch bathdrama@outlook.com


Our first readings of the year are nearly upon us!

Readings, both rehearsed and unrehearsed, are a fantastic opportunity to come along and have a go at reading from a script in front of a live audience. It gives you a chance to meet other members of Bath Drama and like minded theatre lovers. If you're not up for getting involved, you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Tuesday 19th April: Unrehearsed reading of 'Arms and the Man' by George Bernard Shaw. Hosted by Steve Curtis at the Bath Drama Hut on Vane Street. 7.30pm.

Tuesday 10th May: Unrehearsed reading of 'Spiders Web' by Agatha Christie. Hosted by Gill Morrell at the Bath Drama Hut on Vane Street. 7.30pm.


AND auditions for our Autumn and Winter productions have been booked in!

Auditions for Stags and Hens by Willy Russell (to be performed in October)

Sunday 19th June at 2pm

Tuesday 21st June at 7.30pm

Auditions for Dick Whittington by Gill Morrell (to be performed in January)

Sunday 17th July (time TBC)

Monday 18th July (time TBC)


All auditions take place in the Bath Drama Hut on Vane Street. Directions can be found on the Contact us page. 


Saturday 26th March


Tickets are selling well for Three of a Kind... be sure to pick yours up soon here! 


In the meantime ... 



As you know, over recent years our joint summer productions with the Rondo Theatre Company have gone from open-air to closed-air. This year they've closed down. The RTC are mounting a production of Emma (after Jane Austen) in the Rondo at the end of June. Bath Drama will support that production, naturally, but not participate in it directly.
That leaves us free to try something completely different, at least for this year. (And by something completely different I mean that any resemblance to other activities undertaken by BD in its long and illustrious history is purely coincidental!)
The Committee is in the process of putting together a programme for a summer mini-festival comprising workshops, readings, small-scale performances and … anything else that anyone cares to pick up and run with. So far we have been offered an improvisation workshop, a mask performance workshop, and a Pinter evening … the whole thing could culminate with/at our traditional end-of-season barbecue … perhaps with an improvised Pinteresque piece performed by masked players.
We would appreciate any additional ideas or offers from members. Please put your thinking caps on and do not be shy about making offers. Our intention is to finalize arrangements at the next committee meeting (4 April 2016). Please contact us viabathdrama@outlook.com 




At that same committee meeting, we hope to organize audition dates for our next production in October 2016, which will be Stags and Hens by Willy Russell, directed by Kirsty Woods.
Next winter's production (January 2017) will be Dick Whittington by Bath Drama's own Gill Morrell. (No cats or rats will be harmed in the making of this show).



To lead in to the afore-mentioned summer mini-festival, we shall be initiating another series of rehearsed and unrehearsed readings as soon as our present productionThree of a Kind (see main article) is over.
On Tuesday 19 April, Steve Curtis will lead an unrehearsed reading of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw. If you have a funny bone in your body, you will enjoy this play.
On Tuesday 10 May, Gill Morrell will lead a similarly unrehearsed reading of a mysterious play whose identity will be revealed to an astonished world in the next BD Newsletter. 


Monday 7th March




Tickets for Bath Drama's Spring Show are now on sale. Please use the information listed on the flyer below to buy yours before they run out!

Please remember, if you are able to help with promotion for any of our shows, or want to get involved in future productions, please get in touch at bathdrama@outlook.com



Saturday 27th February

Meet the casts of our Spring Show Three of a Kind!


Baggage by Nicolas Ridley

 Directed by Carolyn Csonka 

Phoebe Mulcahy, Matt Nation & Thomas Menezes  


 Getting to Yes by Stephanie Weston

 Directed by Colin Barnes

David Wood, Libby Hussey, Mike Harley & Cara Aldous



The Good Neighbour by Brian Coyle

Directed by Sue Sedgwick

Libby Hussey, Myowny Gordon & Guy Smallwood


Three of a Kind is a selection of three original pieces written by local writers. More information on the poster below and tickets will be on sale soon!