Press Release: ‘Bats’ Is A Hat-Trick For Playwright Phil

Rehearsals are well underway for Jávea Players’ latest production, Bats, which is the third play they have staged written by their resident playwright Phil Mansell. It will be presented at Jávea’s Casa de Cultura following a delicious tapas meal at the nearby Bar Imperial.

Phil is also directing the play, a dark comedy set in a house where an ever-growing colony of bats has set up home in the loft. The council’s bat expert is expected any minute, but the man of the house mistakenly welcomes in a succession of unlikely people who come to the door.

The cast of Phil Mansell’s play Bats are all smiles at rehearsals of Jávea Players’ latest production. They are (back) Chris Bell and James Ward; (front) Felicity Ashcroft, Graciela Kaplan and Caroline Drewett-Mansell.

“I wrote this play a few years ago and have extensively rewritten it for its Spanish premiere,” said Phil who has introduced a new character in the form of a nosy neighbour. “I’ve been lucky to find a very talented cast and we’re having a lot of fun at rehearsals.”

Phil has previously directed two other of his plays for Jávea Players – Poor Yorick, an alternative telling of Hamlet, and the 1950s amateur detective spoof Look Out – He’s Got A Gun! They both proved very popular and played to sell-out audiences.

Bats is one of 12 plays Phil has had published and it has been performed far and near, from Powys in Wales to Sointula in Canada.

Bats will be performed from 28th June – 5th July (excluding Sunday) at the Casa de Cultura in Jávea following a tapas supper at the Bar Imperial. For more information and to book tickets visit

About philmansell

I'm a writer, photographer, illustrator and film-maker with a Masters degree in Multimedia & Information Design from the University of Wales, Newport. I'm also volunteer PR Officer with Newport Playgoers Society who own and run the city's 400-seater Dolman Theatre. I trained at the London Film School where I specialised in script-writing, directing and animation, and had three films screened at the National Film Theatre. After teaching film-making, photography and art, I moved into the world of advertising and PR and was a professional writer. My play 'According to Claudia' was selected by Newport Playgoers Society to launch their 92nd season. It won the Award for Theatre Show of the Year 2014 presented by lifestyle and entertainment magazine Voice. It has since been published by Silvermoon Publications and is available from Amazon. Other plays I have had published include 'Poor Yorick', 'Bunkered' and 'Caddying for Godot'. Previously my one act play 'Poor Yorick' was a winning entry in a competition run as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project and was performed at both the 400-seat Dolman Theatre and Blackwood Little Theatre. Another play, 'Bunkered', was one of the winning entries in a competition judged by Welsh playwright Frank Vickery.
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