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The Bartholomites

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The Bartholomites were formed over forty years ago when a group of fun-loving (some say mad!) friends got together for a laugh and produced what turned out to be a great pantomime. It was such fun and so well appreciated by the community that it was repeated the next year, and the next, and the next…

In the beginning there were whole families (mum, dad and children) in the show, and indeed that is still the case, as generations have passed through our small but friendly changing room. There is one family who have had three generations in some of our shows and one family that had four generations represented in one show – not bad eh! However, we have noticed that dads are not as forthcoming as they were, and men in general are very shy and retiring when it comes to displaying their talents. Where are you all? The best shows need a balance of male and female members, and those men who do venture along do enjoy themselves and see life from a different angle.

The feedback from families who have become involved in the pantomimes is that it is a great opportunity for all ages in the community to come and work together. There aren’t many groups that offer the chance for pre-school children to work alongside pensioners. We all learn a lot about life from the fun and friendship that comes from being a member of The Bartholomites. Yes, it is hard work and we do expect people to take the commitment seriously, but there are lots of laughs and the sense of achievement when the show is performed cannot be described easily.

Why not come and join us? You would be welcomed with open arms. You don’t need to sing like Placido Domingo, or dance like Wayne Sleep, or act like Sir Laurence Olivier. You just need to be enthusiastic and willing to muck in with everyone and get along. What about it? Please call us on the contact details below to find out more.

All Rehearsals are at St Bartholomew’s Church halls, Sommerville Road and the Pantomime takes place there each February. See the ‘What’s On’ section of this website for updates of events and performances.

Megan 0117 924 6865 / Wendy 0117 9497904