The Society was founded in 1953 by Monsignor Joseph Buckley, who played an active role in directing and producing the Gilbert & Sullivan operas which
he loved until he sadly passed away in 2003.
As the Society has grown, it has diversified and now welcomes new members of all religions.
We have members of all ages, working both on and off stage, and have a number of families with active members from two, and sometimes three, generations! It really does give the society a family feel.
The society prides itself on being self suffcient. We
are very fortunate to benefit from beautiful scenery and artwork produced by the late Frank Shipsides, a local artist and life long friend of Monsignor Buckley. We are so grateful that Frank's son Pat and his wife Anna have taken over the task of making sure that the scenery is refreshed or updated each year.
If you are interested in taking to the stage or helping in any way please click here to find out about joining.
The Bristol Catholic Players have had a few brushes with fame during our 60 years!
The fantastic Donald Adams of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company was a Vice President for many years and has performed with us in concerts.
Paul Potts, winner of the first Britain's Got Talent was a member of the company in the 1990's along with his brother Tony. Can you spot him in the gallery above?