BAP is an evolving theatre company concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle. BAP’s purpose is to create a series of bespoke programmes that provide awareness, reflect issues in the community and empowers participants to create solution-focused ideas, to make a difference, through educative and theatrical art. Through BAP’s shared values and beliefs BAP endeavours to be inclusive to all members of the local and wider community.
Allister Bain is a Grenadian television and film actor and theatre playwright and screenwriter, who moved to the UK in 1958. A veteran of British performing arts, he is perhaps best known for playing the role ofWinston Katusi in part 1 of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time. Other TV appearances include inUs Girls, Vanity Fair, Bugs, and Waking the Dead. On the stage Bain has appeared in plays by Derek Walcott,Earl Lovelace, Michael Abbensetts, Noël Coward, and William Shakespeare, among many others.
Allister is now a director of BAP. He wants to see BAP produce quality plays that leave the audience wanting more. He give us a valuable wealth of knowledge about the entertainment industry.
Richard Reid – Artistic Director, Founder Member and Chair over the years, has been, and continues to be, the driving force behind BAP. Tireless and energetic, Richard attributes his love of teaching the performing arts and producing theatre productions with an educational twist to the influence of his early drama teachers Melvin Haines, Allister Bain, Anna Scher and Jane Harrison; “Above all else, they gave me the confidence of self belief”.
A keen actor and prolific writer, Richard revels in the responsibility of the tutor, “There is an ocean of talent out there. I only wish BAP had the resources to tap it all… too often multi-talented young people are forced to shelve their ambition because there is insufficient support and opportunities for them to receive basic training in the performing arts”. As principal in house writer Richard has authored and produced a number of sketches and short plays. In 2001 “Point Blank Range” was nominated for the Ethnic Multicultural Media Award. His more recent work forms the backbone of BAP’s programme such as “A Festival of Four Plays.”
Has a deep commitment to developing the youth of Tottenham. He believes that the area is oozing with talent and sees BAP at the forefront in helping to develop that talent. A sound administrator, Andrew is responsible for marketing, sales and co-ordinating activities around productions.
Jacqueline is the lynchpin holding together all of the different branches of the productions. Quiet and unassuming, Jacqueline manages rehearsals, actors, directors, designers, props and costume fittings, as well as managing the performances on stage and liaising with the box office and front of house staff. As a founder member, Jacqueline has studied her craft and now has over sixty seven productions under her belt: “It’s not easy” she says, “the roles can be very challenging at times, however, each show normally runs without any major glitches. Being involved in BAP has inspired me to write. I have had my first piece ‘My Mother Never Said‘ published in Motherlogue – Tears Trials Triumphs published by Wilde Network in 2010.