We are thrilled that both of our 2017 shows have received nominations from NODA North West for this year's awards. For High Society, Nora Howcroft is nominated for Best Direction of a Musical and David Wilson for Best Male Comedy Performance; and for Kiss Me Kate, Steve Benson is nominated for Best Leading Male in a Musical and Vicki Wilson for Best Choreography. Well done to our nominees and to everyone involved in the productions. And good luck on Sunday 6th May at the Awards Dinner!
Nora wins at NODA
Our Chairman and Director, Nora Howcroft, stars in her own life story in a Bolton News article. Highlighting her many achievements over the years in amateur operatics and dramatics, the article also has several mentions for our society, including a plug for our next show, Follies.

Read the Bolton News article.
The annual Walmsley Bowls Competition was held on Saturday 2nd September at the Wagon & Horses pub in Hawkshaw and as usual all members had a great time. This year's winner was Mike Taylor, with Dave McGreavy in second place. The semi finalists were Simon McGreavy and Christine Taylor.
The BATS Annual Dinner and Awards Night was held on Friday 1st September at the Holiday Inn in Bolton and a number of members went along to enjoy the event. We were rewarded with two nominations for Oliver! and a special personal award! Steve Benson won Best Actor in a Musical for Fagin and we also had a nomination for Best Set & Costume Design. And to top off the evening, Mike Taylor won the Michael Rogers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Theatre in Bolton. What a great night for the society!
Our brilliant and talented Youth Group will be performing their next show, "The Rocky Monster Show" on 22nd-24th June.
Bizarre, anarchic and very funny, this Rock 'n' Roll musical is a riotous mix of the Addams Family, Young Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera, with Rebecca and The Rocky Horror Show thrown in for good measure!
Come and support our Youth Group! Phone 01204 305812 to book tickets.
42nd Street will be our second show of 2018! See opposite for full details. The Committee have now secured the licence and we can look forward to an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza for our Autumn show of 2018.

There are still two more shows in the pipeline, so keep checking here to see what 2019 will hold for us and our audiences!
The annual NODA North West Awards Night was held at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on 30th April and what a glittering occasion it was. We had a nomination for Steve Benson as Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Fagin in Oliver. Unfortunately, Steve did not win the award but, as it says on the certificate, all nominees are winners of their category in their region. So congratulations to Steve for being the best in District 5! Keep an eye on the NODA North West website for full details of all the winners.
You may know that our Chairman and Director, Nora Howcroft, recently visited Number 10 Downing Street to chat to MP David Davies about Brexit (as part of her job as a roving reporter for BBC's The One Show). Well, it seems Prime Minister Theresa May must have been upset that she missed Nora's visit, as she flew up to Walmsley Parish Hall on Wednesday 19th April just to give her a big hug. She also took the time to have a look at our props for High Society and chat to Nora about the show and the society. While she was here, she took the opportunity to speak to local voters and rally some pre-Election support.
Read the Bolton News article.

Future Productions


30th April - 5th May 2018

In a crumbling Broadway theatre, a reunion is being held for the showgirls who starred there as Weismann Follies over 30 years ago. While these faded glamour girls laugh, remember and perform the musical numbers which made them famous, they are trailed by the ghosts of their younger selves. Amid the reminiscing, two couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present, coming face-to-face with the future.

With the endless variety of Stephen Sondheim's score, a loving and brilliant pastiche of show music from the '20s, '30s, and '40s and such show-stoppers as "Broadway Baby" and "I'm Still Here", Follies is a glamorous and fascinating peek into a bygone era.


29th October - 3rd November 2018

One of showbusiness's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Armed with tap shoes and big dreams, Peggy arrives in New York where her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in his new show. The star of the show, Dorothy Brock, is a classic Broadway diva, who takes an instant dislike to the new girl. But when Dorothy is injured, Peggy gets her chance to shine in the lead role.

Peggy's rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams. 42nd Street is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

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