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
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
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
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
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 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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