Proteus’ Autumn/Winter 2018 Season

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!

No Show cast, credit Chris Hoyle

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.

Come With Me If You Want To Live

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.

Hayley and Me

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.

Magical Christmas Toy Shop – cast of last year’s show

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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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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