Proteus ‘Summer of Love’ – Chance to Win Tickets for NHM Readers

Hi I’m Mary and I work for Proteus – a professional theatre company who make and tour their own productions and also run the Proteus Creation Space – just beyond the top of town (situated in front of Fairfield’s school and on the corner opposite St Mary’s Church and the Bounty Inn).

Many NHM readers may have previously visited the Creation Space to attend one of our hugely popular winter family shows or the in-house Christmas Show (including last year’s A Christmas Carol and How Many Sleeps ‘til Christmas), to visit the on-site café, or attend one of the many classes hosted in the building.

However, you may not immediately think of us when you have your ‘adult hat on’ as a destination for your next date night or night out with friends, and we want to change that!

This summer Proteus have brought together a series of performances from outstanding artists which we are calling the ‘Summer of Love’.

Each of the shows explore the theme of love in its many different guises – with shows that span comedy, circus, Shakespeare, dance, theatre and acrobatics!

We thought that each show would make a perfect date night for time-poor parents who are looking to do something a bit different, without straying too far from home. Instead of the usual trip to the local chain restaurant or cinema, why not come and experience a really exciting piece of performance with your partner, or best friends – literally on your doorstep?

We are so excited to be bringing award-winning and internationally acclaimed artists to Basingstoke – but without the West End price tag, and have deliberately kept ticket pricing really affordable. With tickets costing no more than £10 and many at just £5, we hope this will tempt people to try something new. Our beautiful café bar is also open before and after the performances, so you can make a night of it!

The Summer of Love season kicked off last Thursday with a hilarious one-woman show ‘It Started with Jason Donovan’ and here is some of the feedback:

“I wish it could have gone on!”
“I laughed so much I cried!”
“Good for the soul.”

You can see the trailer here: https://youtu.be/QyR5cCjbtw0

Win Tickets!

We would love to offer one lucky NHM reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the performance of your choice.

All you have to do is like the North Hants Mum Facebook post and tag the person you would like to bring with you on your perfect #datenight by 4pm Thursday 21st June 2018.

Below are details of all the performances that make up the Summer of Love season and we really hope to welcome you and your ‘date’ to the Creation Space soon!

Details of Performances

Binaural Dinner Date – ZU:UK

The Tea Bar, London Street, Basingstoke, RG22 4NX
Thursday 21st June, 2.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm

Part interactive performance, part dating agency, BINAURAL DINNER DATE invites you to get to know another person (and perhaps yourself) a little better. For both individuals looking for love, or existing couples who want to enjoy a very different dating experience together.
‘an earnest social experiment into attraction, making connections and what we expect of relationships in these high-stakes, swipe-addicted times.’  TIME OUT
Tickets: £10

Revolution – Basingstoke Youth Theatre in association with Little Soldier Productions

Central Studio, QMC, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF
Saturday 30th June, 7pm

Little Soldier and Basingstoke Youth Theatre have created an original show about the one and only thing that makes the world go round: LOVE. Expect honey-coated candy-floss moments, bombastic musical numbers, intimate confessions and heartfelt performances. This brand-new performance is a first time collaboration between some of Basingstoke’s most gifted young performers and one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies.
‘These clowns know exactly what they are doing.’ GUARDIAN on Little Soldier
Tickets: £5

THE BAND – Levantes Dance Theatre

Proteus Creation Space, Council Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3DH
Friday 7th July, 7.30pm

Sandy & Bruno met in the seventies. She was fame hungry, he was doomed to follow her. As one hit wonders, this is a story of their big come-back. With striking aesthetics and a rousing soundtrack, THE BAND is a quirky, humorous display of desperate ambition and blind affection told through awe-inspiring dance, theatre and circus.
‘…funny on the surface, but heart-wrenching underneath… The Band is a committed piece of story-telling that uses multiple forms, making it hard to bracket, and easy to love.’ THE CIRCUS DIARIES
Tickets: £5

Knot – Nikki & JD

Proteus Creation Space, Council Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3DH
Thursday 2nd August , 7.30pm

“What I said….it was the truth…it just wasn’t the whole truth…”
Two acrobats meet.  They fall in love and dream of the future.  But beneath the surface, there lies a truth that threatens to undermine their bond. Heart-breaking yet humorous, Knot is the story of a very modern affair told sensitively through breath-taking acrobatics and dance.
Knot has been created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer, Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance Company.
‘‘a show of great complexity and breathtakingly-effortless acrobatic skill’REVIEWS HUB
Tickets: £5

Tickets are available at www.proteustheatre.com/summer for this wonderful and varied season of performances, which aims to invoke the nostalgia and absurdity of first love and to celebrate the many different kinds of love that make the world go round!

If you’d like more information, or to buy tickets, please go to our website www.proteustheatre.com/summer

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Facebook – facebook.com/proteuscreation
Twitter – @proteuscreation
Instagram – @proteustheatre
Or sign up to our e-newsletter – www.proteustheatre.com/newsletter-sign-up

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Secret Art Basingstoke

Have you heard about Secret Art Basingstoke?

I’m not really one for inspirational Pinterest quotes. But I read one today that resonated;

Mothers who reach their breastfeeding goals are “lucky”, but not because they had no problems. They were lucky to be given accurate advice, practical support, and not just told to give up. Mothers don’t fail to breastfeed. Society fails to support them to do so.

Double negatives aside, I like this message because it doesn’t subscribe to;

a) Making people feel guilty for circumstance outside of their control.
b) Pitting mothers against mothers in the supposed breastmilk vs formula ‘war’.

I’m all for helping society support women to breastfeed, which is why I’m coordinating Secret Art Basingstoke, exclusively raising funds for NCT Basingstoke breastfeeding support.

Taking place between 23rd July and 3rd August 2018, Secret Art Basingstoke is an exhibition of hundreds of postcard-sized original works of art donated by artists, celebrities, dignitaries, graduates and illustrators. With no brief in medium or subject, the collection promises to be an eclectic mix of small but perfectly formed paintings, drawings and photographs.

The two week exhibition will be split across four spaces in Basingstoke town centre; THAT Gallery, Proteus Creation Space, The Discovery Centre and The Willis Museum (all hire costs have been generously waived by our venues – thank you all!). Our artist buddies from THAT Gallery will be holding art demos and workshops at the various locations to keep your little artists occupied, AND we’ll be running a scavenger hunt and junior postcard competition. Make sure you pop us on your list of ‘things to do during the summer holidays’ to be in with a chance of winning some beautiful prizes (kindly donated by Macmillan Publishers).

The entire collection will reunite at The Creation Space on Saturday 4th August, where every single postcard will be on sale for the affordable price of £20 each.

And the secret? The identity of the artist – you’ll only know who created your miniature masterpiece once you’ve bought it.

For a chance to get a sneak peek at the entire collection before everyone else, we’re holding a launch night on 19th July at Desklodge Basingstoke (venue kindly donated by Desklodge Ltd). The evening will include live music, art demonstrations and a charity auction with some AMAZING lots. Details and tickets will be available very soon – stay tuned!

If you have any questions regarding Secret Art Basingstoke, including how to becoming one of our sponsors, please head to www.secretartbasingstoke.com, or drop us a line at secretartbasingstoke@gmail.com.

About NCT B.A.B.I.E.S

B.A.B.I.E.S is Basingstoke’s dedicated weekly breastfeeding counselling drop-in, providing evidence-based, impartial information, help and support. Fully qualified (DipHE) Breastfeeding Counsellors hold face to face drop-in sessions fifty weeks of the year, as well as offering telephone and email support. This service is completely free, and available to all parents and their children in Basingstoke. Since its inception in 2011, B.A.B.I.E.S has supported over 1000 parents. For more information on breastfeeding support in Basingstoke, including directions and opening times for B.A.B.I.E.S, head to the Hampshire Breastfeeding Counselling Facebook page.

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Friends of Old Basing Schools Summer Fair, Sunday 1st July 2018

Summer Fair, Sunday 1st July 2018 12-3pm.

At the fair will be: a circus entertainer and workshops, arena performances, fun inflatables, assault course, water play, face painting, a variety of games and stalls for everyone, BBQ, Beer, Pimms, hot & cold drinks, cakes & ice-cream.

Entrance £1.50 per adult, accompanied children free.

At St Mary’s Junior School, Belle Vue Road, Old Basing.

Further information is available on the Facebook event page

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September 2018 Availability at Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School

Cuckoo Meadow pre-school currently has spaces available for September. If you have any friends, family or neighbours looking for pre-school places please share this leaflet.

Cuckoo Meadow is the most amazing, nurturing environment for your little ones – OFSTED agrees, we’re rated Outstanding!!

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Little Baby Bum at The Haymarket, 23-24 June 2018

Step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum at The Haymarket on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June.

Little Baby Bum, the online and digital TV sensation with over 13 million subscribers and 15 billion views, is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel.

So join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends at the world premiere of this brand new live show.

Tickets for Little Baby Bum are priced £14 (includes £2 booking fee).  For more information or for tickets, call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244, or visit the website anvilarts.org.uk.

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Anna’s Challenges

Hi, my name is Rachel Marke and I founded the charity Anna’s Challenges just over 7 years ago. Our aim is to help support children with Cystic Fibrosis in Basingstoke and surrounding areas.

It started a bit by accident – 7 years ago my daughter Anna, who has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), was having one of her many 2 week admissions at the North Hampshire Hospital and she was asked to try out a vibrating vest which could really help shift the mucus clogged up in her lungs.

The problem was the vest was on loan to the physio team and they didn’t have the budget to purchase one. I put on my Facebook status that I’d like to try and raise some money to help buy it and the response was amazing!

We were soon thinking of a name to spearhead the fundraising and soon after Anna’s Challenges was born.  We soon became a registered charity and have a group of wonderful trustees.

We had no idea at the time that it would become as big as it has and this is purely down to the amazing support we receive from friends, family, local people and local businesses that have chosen to support us, whether it be through fundraising, offering their services, attending our events or simply helping to share our news/events on social media.

I have been overwhelmed over the years with the love and support we receive and it has enabled us to really branch out in the many ways we can support the children with CF and their families.

We also funded and arranged for the assessment room on G Floor to be totally redecorated (my cousin did it) and this is my favourite photo of part of it.

Anna takes over 35 tablets a day, she has to do 3 sets of physio a day, 3 nebulisers and two inhalers every single day – all whilst she’s well.

When she’s ill it increases significantly and also with 2 week admissions. Kids with CF have such intense daily regimes so it’s really great that we can help make their day to day lives a bit easier with improved physio and medical equipment and make it more comfortable for their 2 week admissions.

 

We are guided by the fantastic CF team at the hospital on how we can best help the children and their families.

We are able to support them through donating physio equipment, physio toys, medical equipment, donations that make the hospital rooms more comfortable – more home-from-home, we fund the CF sibling support group, we provide physical activity grants and travel grants to the families, family days out, and however else we can help to make their lives a bit easier and hopefully sometimes, a bit more fun too!

On the 6th October 2018 we are hosting our annual Black Tie Charity Ball at the beautiful Oakley Hall. It’s a great excuse to get glammed up with friends and have a wonderful evening full of music, dancing, laughter and lovely food all whilst helping support children with Cystic Fibrosis.

If you’d like more information, or to buy tickets, please go to our website www.annaschallenges.co.uk.  

If you’d like to keep up to date with our latest news and events, find us at the following:

Facebook – facebook.com/annaschallenges
Twitter – @annaschallenges
Web – www.annaschallenges.co.uk
email – contact@annaschallenges.co.uk

Please get in contact if you have any questions, would like to do a challenge for us or attend one of our events – we’d love to hear from you!

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Review 2018: The Sleepee Teepee Party

Thank you very much to today’s NHM Secret Reviewer, S, for her brilliant post and thank you to Karina at The Sleepy Teepee Party for the opportunity!!

Review 2018: The Sleepee Teepee Party

About

The Sleepee Teepee Party is a company who hire out themed teepees for sleep overs.

They have various themes available including commando/army, VIP/Hollywood, Unicorn and mystical (Harry Potter).

My son and his friend chose the mystical theme for their sleepover.

Food

The Sleepy Teepee Party provided the boys with a bag of haribo each.

For an extra cost The Sleepy Teepee Party can provide you with a midnight feast, breakfast, cupcakes, hot chocolate and toiletries.

The boys really enjoyed eating their breakfast off the end tables they had the following morning.

Facilities

The Sleepee Teepee Party provided us with two teepees, one with a yellow cover and one with a red cover. They also gave us two inflatable mattresses, themed duvet covers and pillows as well as a themed blanket and cushion.

We had bunting in the theme of our choice which was draped over the teepees. We were provided with end tables and a lantern with a battery candle, a balloon and a sleep mask each. We also had fairy lights which were draped around the tepees.

Each of the teepees had a chalk board tied to it with the boys names written on to make it a bit more personal.

Parking

The Sleepee Teepee come to you so no parking necessary.

Prices

The Sleepy Teepee Party charge £30 per tent.

Rating out of 5

I would give it 5 out of 5.

Karina is so passionate and friendly. She was very prompt in responding to my emails and was very flexible over choosing a date for our sleepover.

She arrived as planned the afternoon of the sleepover to set up the teepees and made them so inviting I was slightly jealous that I wouldn’t be able to sleep in them.

Karina took great care setting up the bedding, making sure it was just right and then set up the end tables with the various props (lantern and sleep mask together with a pair of Harry Potter glasses). She then tied fairy lights around the teepees to make them even more exciting.

She was very patient with my little boy who wanted to help her set them up. Once my son’s friend arrived for the sleepover they were so excited to be sleeping in them.

The following morning Karina arrived to dismantle and remove the teepees as arranged.

The boys had an absolute blast and I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Disclaimer: This post is a review of The Sleepee Teepee Party. The themed teepees were supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. S was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are her own.

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Bubbas and Mamas Children and Baby Sale Saturday 9th June 2018

Why not come to our first ever Bubbas and Mamas Children and Baby Sale, in Church Crookham this Saturday (9th June). We have sold out all the tables for our sale and are really looking forward to welcoming families come and grab some excellent bargains on toys, clothes, maternity wear, books or Moses basket, prams etc.

Entry cost is £1.50 (children go free) starts at 2pm – 3.30pm.

We look forward to seeing you all.

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‘Juglife’ – One Night Only

The poster for new theatrical project ‘Juglife’ is pretty eye-catching. It features two topless women, save for a well-placed sippie cup, a Hooters mug, a breastfeeding doll and a man’s hand (whose hand?!) Lindsey Lawman and Stacy Hart are pretty brave. Either that, or they’re keen to sell tickets. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that it’s hard to ignore. And that’s just how Lindsey and Stacy like it.

Juglife is a brand new verbatim play focused solely on the subject of breasts. And before you ask, no, they will not be performing topless. As Lindsey Lawman points out:

“Naked boobs tend to draw focus away from what you’re saying. Or the fact you’re speaking at all. So we’ll definitely be wearing clothes.”

If you didn’t know already, verbatim theatre is based on the spoken words of real people. Having put the call out on social media for women interested in discussing the topic of knockers, Lindsey and Stacy trekked across the country recording their stories. From those interviews, the pair have created an evening of monologues, taking a light-hearted look at the trials and tribulations of boobs; tales of loving them and hating them, gaining them and losing them, and everything in between. The results have been surprising, illuminating, and occasionally heartbreaking. Lindsey Lawman explains:

“Breasts are body parts like elbows or knees. But unlike elbows and knees, they carry a host of narratives which (can) inform a woman’s entire identity. Breasts are sexual, comforting, funny, intimidating, offensive, limiting, nurturing, dangerous. They can be a source of anxiety, of confidence, of pleasure, and of pain. The women we have spoken to have been brutally honest about the impact their breasts have had on their lives. There was a lot of laughter (one women spoke about her enviable ability to breastfeed herself!) But there were also times when our hearts ached listening to stories of crushingly low self-confidence, of defeat, of loss. We are so tremendously grateful for their bravery in sharing their stories, and we have no doubt there will a real sense of shared experience among the audience.”

That’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom – far from it. Lindsey and Stacy say they’re keen to step away from the oft repeated headline of ‘breast shaming’, and instead want to celebrate the complexity of the female experience through the wonderfully fleshy lens of boobs.

Performed at The Tea Bar as part of The Basingstoke Festival ‘Discover Art in Unusual Places’ (www.basingstokefestival.co.uk), Juglife won’t feel like the usual piece of theatre. The audience will be sat at tables (with crucial access to the bar to sample the specially created breast-inspired cocktails!) as the actors perform not on a stage, but from within the crowd. Alongside the monologues will be a little bit of boob bingo (who knew there was 100 words for breasts?) and a rack raffle (with appropriately themed boob prizes). A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will go to help support NCT Basingstoke breastfeeding support.

When they are not raising tiny humans or performing, Stacy heads up the Basingstoke branch of the Women’s Equality Party, and Lindsey works as fundraising co-ordinator for Basingstoke NCT. As part of a series of fundraising events for the breastfeeding drop-in (or B.A.B.I.E.S – Babies And Breastfeeding, Information, Encouragement, Support) ‘Juglife’ is swiftly followed by Secret Art Basingstoke, a postcard art exhibition and sale taking place between 23 July and 4 August.

You can see ‘Juglife’ at The Tea Bar, Basingstoke on June 20 at 7.45pm. Tickets (£7), available to purchase online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

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NHM Reader Recommendations: Tips for Staying Cool

I recently asked the NHM Community “Given the glorious weather that we are having, what are your top tips for staying cool and/or places to go that are baby/children friendly and has fierce air con?” Thank you for all your replies, listed below:

NHM Reader’s recommendations for staying cool

Wendy said “M&S food hall!”

Kelly said “Supermarket freezer aisle is where I will be this lunchtime lol”

Rebecca said “I go back to work today and my office has fierce air con (and no windows so I won’t even see the sun)!”

Stephany said “Air con is not mega healthy. Stay in the shade with a breeze. I have lived in Asia and the Middle East and allowing your body to regulate to air temp is much better for you. Avoid extreme temps.”

LK said “Only one answer – ice lollies”

Steph said “Waitrose! Aircon in there is fab and you can have some cake in the cafe”

Catherine said “you could be stuck in an office working with freezing aircon wishing you could pick up from school and run to a splash park and enjoy the weather!”

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