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Proteus bring back the 80s for Summer 2019!

06 May 2019

This Summer, Proteus has a distinctly 80s vibe and we kick off the season with the fabulous Little Soldier’s Journey to the Impossible; a Jules Verne style adventure for all the family with a nod to Stranger Things and the Goonies.

This Summer, Proteus has a distinctly 80s vibe and we kick off the season with the fabulous Little Soldier’s Journey to the Impossible; a Jules Verne style adventure for all the family with a nod to Stranger Things and the Goonies. We are also excited to announce that Little Soldier – who worked with, and mentored Basingstoke Youth Theatre last Summer, resulting in their devised production Revolution – will be one of our new associate artist throughout 2019-2020, so expect to hear lots more from them in the coming months. Journey to the Impossible is a labour of love for the co-Artistic Directors of Little Soldier Productions Merce Ribot and Patricia Rodriguez, providing real escapism and nostalgia for anyone who grew up in the 80s:

“We wanted to make a show for anyone who ever owned a Walkman or played Donkey Kong, who recognises the ‘Pshhhkkkkkkrrrrkakingkakingkakingtshchchchchchchchcch *ding*ding*ding’ sound of a modem, who was scared watching the Goonies and who, like us, couldn’t tell you the mobile numbers of their nearest and dearest but would still be able to call their best school-friend’s home number. Oh, and for their children, of course! How could we forget?” – Merce Ribot – co-Artistic Director, Little Soldier Productions

Continuing our love for the retro this summer, we are excited to announce that we will be returning to the beautiful Walled Garden with our adult drama workshop group The Proteans. This year we bring you an 80s set Much Ado About Nothing! Expect classic pop hits, screwball comedy and the all usual irreverent fun in their take on one of the Bard’s best-loved comedies about misunderstandings, deception and love! The Proteans performances in the Walled Garden have become something of a summer tradition for Basingstoke audiences. Gates open 1 hour before the

performance, so the audience is invited to bring a picnic, enjoy a few tunes by the jazz band and soak up the atmosphere before the show.
“Perfect comedy timing.” Basingstoke Gazette on Twelfth Night, June 2018
Speaking of music, we are excited to welcome rap-storyteller Jack Dean to the Creation Space in June, with his show Jeremiah. This unique piece of ‘gig-theatre’ tells the story of the Luddite rebellion, with frontman Jack playing over 40 different characters in 90 minutes, all accompanied by a sweeping live score!
“Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next” – The Guardian
Jack is an up-and-coming artist to watch out for with his unique blend of amazing musicality, edgy hip-hop and compelling storytelling – which swings from the whimsical and humorous to the impassioned and raucous – bringing lesser-known historical stories to a new generation.
Also this summer our younger youth theatre groups join forces to create an ensemble cast, with ages ranging from 6-14 years old, for a very special outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Walled Garden, Down Grange. This ambitious production promises to be a truly magical experience as our young ensemble cast sing, dance and enchant you with their performance one of Shakespeare’s most beguiling and popular comedies, full of faerie mischief and mayhem!
With the summer holidays approaching, we will be celebrating with the return of Late Night Assembly for Skool’s Out For Summer, a strictly adult evening full of the best burlesque and cabaret act. The Late Night Assembly evenings are always a guaranteed sell-out, so get in there quick and snap up the hottest ticket in town.
“Every time your assembly just gets better, loved all the acts, what a perfect show.” Audience member, Nov 2018
Don’t miss the finale to our season when we welcome back Nearly There Yet (re-scheduled from last season), with the hilarious and poignant one-man show Home Sweet Home, a coming-of-age tale about growing up in – you guessed it – the 80s! Tackling subjects as diverse as water fights, class struggles, relationships, fatherhood and juggling in the rain, performer Kaveh Rahnama draws you into his world with warmth and humour in this partly-autobiographical show about what it means to be British when one – or both – of your parents isn’t. Kaveh is a familiar face to Basingstoke audiences who may have seen him as one half of the Flying Bazazi Brothers (Basingstoke Festival 2017) and in the cast of Proteus’ Little Red and the Wolves (2015).
We can’t wait to welcome him back and to welcome you to this fantastic and fun season of performance!

Tickets are available at 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!