Children who had appeared as the Von Trappe family in Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS)’ 2001 production of The Sound of Music had appealed to the chairman, Richard Cox, for BATS to have a junior company, as there was no affordable musical theatre for children in Basingstoke at that time. And so BATS Next Gen was formed in January 2002. The original committee met for the first time on the 15th January 2002. It comprised of Jenny Humberstone (Chair), Chris Bale (Vice-Chair), Mandy Shallow (Secretary), Sandie Thomson (Treasurer), Caroline Bale, Chris Bale, Caroline Crawford, Alison Allen, Caroline Daly and Sarah Barrow who were parents of the children in the Sound of Music.

  • Our age range is 7 (first year at Junior School) to 18 (last year at 6th Form College) but sometimes we have to restrict the age-range depending on the show we are performing.
  • Now based at Market Chambers Performers Together in the centre of Basingstoke, we rehearse weekly during term time and usually perform once a year; sometimes more!
  • All children wanting to join the company have to audition, and continue to audition for each and every show, so standards are maintained and also everyone gets a chance to be a principal, as different shows need different skills. We run pre-audition workshops, so children know what the show is about, who the characters are and work on the audition pieces before the audition, so the only people scared and nervous on the big day are the people on the audition panel!
  • Our fees for 2016 are £95 for full company members for 7 months of rehearsals.


Fiona Morgans


Sandie Thomson

Secretary - EMAIL

Elain Burchell


Rachel Glover

Committee Member

Sally Manning

Committee Member

Teresa Hollingshead

Committee Member

Marie White

Committee member

Nick Brannam

Committee member

Nicola Sanvoisin

Committee member

Ian 'Spud' Smith

Committee Member

Lesley Rust

Committee member

Tori Eglin

Committee Member

Jade Hollingshead

Co-opted member

Hannah Williams

Honorary Member


Here we celebrate successes, both theatrically and academically, of current and past performers. If you are a past performer with BATS Next Gen and would like to celebrate your success and achievements with us, or let us know what you are now doing in the adult world, please contact the secretary. We would love to hear from you! Don’t forget our invites to your red carpet event!


Ashley Rumble is currently in rehearsals for Dirty Dancing, which will shortly be on tour. (May 2016)
Shiv Rabheru is now playing "Mr Mistofelees" in the touring version of CATS. This will be at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in August 2016
Jamie Cole can be seen in many TV shows as an extra - including Eastenders and Made in Chelsea! (2015)
Georgie McGuigan was awarded 5th place in the Dance World Cup in Jersey for her dance routine.
Lydia Thomson Her play, Living Portrait, will be performed by the young people of Proteus Theatre at The Haymarket, Basingstoke on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 7:30pm. It is part of the 200th anniversary commemorations of the death of Jane Austen, and looks at how Jane's life would be now in this modern age, surrounded by social media, mobile phones etc.


Georgie McGuigan has been awarded a place to study at the Italia Conti School in London for September 2016


Max Harwood (Next Genner from 2006) has completed his first year at Guildford School of Acting and has been awarded a scholarship to study for the next three years at Urdang, London
Morgan Sadler (Next Genner from 2005) has joined the West End Kidz dance troupe and recently performed for the Queen at her 90th birthday (June 2016)
Lydia Thomson (Next Genner from 2003) has been chosen from graduates across the UK to combine with other graduate playwrights across Europe and create works based and performed in Milan, Italy. (July 2016) UPDATE May 217: After being performed twice in Milan and then in London, Lydia has been invited back to Milan for further performances of her play.
Morgan Sadler and Mitchell Ferris Crowned SE champions at the recent British Dance competition (May 2017)