About Proteus

We are an award winning theatre company who believe that the audience is as important as the artist, and that to create truly dynamic and relevant theatre the audience and artist must inspire each other’s imagination. Quality, integrity and innovation are the values at the heart of our work and the criteria by which we judge our success.

Formed in 1981 and based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, we have a long history of creating quality work; producing a programme of events that serves audiences locally, nationally and, since 2009, internationally. We produce touring shows, projects, residencies and workshops and plays a key role in the provision of performance and participatory opportunities for the wider community, regularly reaching a target audience of 12,000 people annually.

We collaborate with artists - often from different disciplines, such as photography, film, dance, music and the visual arts - in order to create unique performance pieces. We makes work both for and with diverse communities, from rural villages to socially excluded young people, creating amazing experiences, promoting and advancing education and enriching lives through the power of the performing arts.

As an artist led organisation under the directorship of Mary Swan, we produce annually three touring productions, one large scale community project, a variety of smaller projects and offer out a programme of workshops as well as reacting to commissions.

"The Best of British Theatre from Basingstoke" - The Independent

Our past touring productions have included The Elephant Man which transferred to New York for a run at the Brits off Broadway festival, celebrating the best in British Theatre, a national tour of Dracula and a winter touring production specifically designed for rural and community venues.

"You engaged the children's imaginations instantly and they stayed part of your adventure to the end" - Liss Infant School, East Hampshire

Our recent projects include, a long-term regular workshop programme for adults with disabilities called Breakout! and an adult drama group serving the people of North Hampshire, called The Proteans.

"My time with Proteus has been invaluable – an experience that I am sure many trained actresses would love to have. It has given me confidence to try out new things that I would not dreamed of doing previously & I have received nothing but positive feedback from my peers & audience. In short – I love it!!" - Donna Marie Beeson, Protean