Thurs 4th October – Monday 24th December 2018
at PROTEUS CREATION SPACE (and other selected venues)
- A celebration of super women, telling powerful stories made and performed by remarkable artists
- Premiere of Proteus’ new solo satire, I’m Super, Thanks, by acclaimed writer and director Mary Swan
- Showcasing brand-new work, by cutting-edge artists from the world of cabaret, comedy and circus, never seen before in the borough, as part of our programme of Basingstoke Firsts
- Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus presents two enchanting family shows, inviting families to enjoy Christmas with Proteus
Season commences Thursday 4th October.
Bar open from 7pm season introduction and performance from 7.30pm
Proteus has always celebrated remarkable women; from Hattie Jacques to Edith Cavell, Bette Davis to Jane Austen, and we felt it was high time we devoted a whole season to them. Our new programme of Basingstoke Firsts shows will bring you contemporary circus in the shape of Ellie Dubois’ brilliant and empowering all-female No Show, the experience of transgender women in the poignant comedy Hayley and Me and Proteus’ own new show I’m Super, Thanks, a satirical comedy looking at the ups and downs of life married to a superhero. Often we are told that the absence of women on and behind the stage and screen is due to a shortage of female writers, directors, or comediennes – this season seeks to prove that theory is false!
As the days get shorter and the nights darker, it seems appropriate that The Proteans, our adult community theatre workshop company, will reprise their immersive theatre experience Come With Me If You Want To Live; this time working with a revised narrative that stays true to the original inspiration of the high-concept horror movies of the 70s. The cast will include our eldest youth theatre groups, Basingstoke Youth Theatre and Proteus Young Company.
The end of November marks the start of our much-loved family work as we premiere our winter family touring show Hansel and Gretel as well as the return of our much-loved in-house Christmas show for under 5s, introducing the very youngest members of the family to the magic of theatre!
Award-winning performer and performance maker Ellie Dubois took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2017 and is now bringing No Show (20 Oct) to Basingstoke; putting female strength, power and skill centre stage. In this production, which reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship of circus, we [as the audience] are allowed the opportunity to see behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution to reveal the wobbles, pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.
At the beginning of November, we reveal an innovative collaboration between The Proteans, Basingstoke Youth Theatre and Proteus Young Company, intriguingly titled Come With Me If You Want To Live (1&2 Nov). This immersive horror experience will appeal to fans of Buzzfeed’s Unsolved and the audience become part of the action as they are taken on an unnerving journey into darkness.
We are delighted to welcome transgender performer, activist, theatre and cabaret maker Kate O’Donnell to Basingstoke later in November with her solo show, Hayley and Me (22 Nov). This cabaret/ performance brings the classic Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper back into the limelight, as Kate explores parallels between the character’s storylines and her own journey. This performance is programmed just five days after Transgender Awareness Week and, as such, we are thrilled that Kate will also host a post-show Q&A, offering an opportunity for audiences to further discuss the themes in the show.
For 2018, winter family touring show Hansel and Gretel (30 Nov-14 Dec) will be a collaboration with Scratch Built Productions – featuring a highly original and enchanting set, magical puppets and toetapping folk songs, fused with Proteus’ thought-provoking storytelling, physical theatre and longstanding reputation for creating unique and beautiful family shows. In this wonderful retelling of a classic fairytale, Hansel and Gretel encounter not just the wicked witch but a spiteful sugar-plum fairy and singing gingerbread men to name but a few. A show aimed at children aged 6+ and their families, this is a journey into the deep dark woods that all the family can enjoy together.
You know the festive season has truly arrived in when our annual in-house Christmas show The Magical Christmas Toy Shop (14-24 Dec) opens. Once again, Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus bring their trademark mix of interactive storytelling, puppetry, music and sensory elements to this brand new show, transforming the Creation Space into an immersive walkthrough adventure. Offering something a little different from a traditional Christmas show or panto, children are encouraged to explore, play, create and interact with the colourful characters they meet along the way.
“We look forward to this every year – it has become part of our Christmas tradition.” Audience member, How Many Sleeps ‘til Christmas, 2017
No longer Basingstoke’s best-kept secret, the experience is as much of a Christmas tradition as mince pies and mulled wine for many a local family!
Tickets are available at www.proteustheatre.com/whats-on for this season of truly unique performances which invites audiences of all ages to immerse themselves and become as much a part of the theatre experience as the artists performing!
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