A highly visual and fiercely theatrical show from award-winning Proteus that questions whether we can or should, separate the art from the artist. And asks, how far do the ripples of consequence spread?

“I’m tired, I’m tired of trying to play the system, I’m tired of trying to fight the system and I’m tired of feeling tired about it.”
Catherine Shaw spent the 90s shocking the art world with her provocative performance art. She’s always called herself a feminist, but looking back through the lens of #MeToo, she’s questioning how much she enabled the culture she now sees being called out. An ambitious Curator approaches her to put together an exhibition of female Artists at a major new gallery; a scandal breaks and unwittingly caught in the centre, she begins to question everything.
Can we, and should we, separate the art from the artist? How far do the ripples of consequence spread? And why is it so often women who are expected to hold the moral space?

Indestructible is an unflinching examination of nauseatingly complex, and just plain nauseating, interplay between gender and power in the contemporary art world.⭐⭐⭐⭐

North West End

Indestructible takes in uncompromising female Artists, from Lee Miller to the Guerrilla Girls via Sinead O’Connor and Taylor Swift, to ask: why is it still so difficult for female Artists to succeed? And why are women always the Muse, never the Artist?

Writer and director Mary Swan certainly knows her subject matter

-The Guardian

Using animation and AI-generated projections, ‘Sharp art-world dramady’ (Theatre Weekly) Indestructible is a highly visual, surprisingly funny and fiercely theatrical show from award-winning Proteus that asks serious and vital questions about cancel culture and accountability.

Indestructible makes for a hugely entertaining, important, and engaging piece of theatre. It’s a play that audiences will take with them long after the house lights come up.

-Reviews Hub

This is a show that handles its arguments with great skill, and will inspire audiences to keep pushing for change ⭐⭐⭐⭐

- Theatre Weekly

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Cast and Creative Team

Writer and Director – Mary Swan
Dramaturg and Digital Artist – Paula Varjack
Dramaturg – Saul Jaffe
Animation and Projection Design – Christopher Harrison
Set and Costume Design – Sam Pine
Lighting Design – Joe Hornsby
Composer – Paul Wild
Mary Rose

Danny Charles
Paul Huntley-Thomas


We are now taking bookings for tour dates 16 September – 2 November 2024.

The show is suitable for small scale/studio spaces, touring with projector, screen, all props, costumes and a flexible set. It includes wraparound activity including the creation of a six part podcast series based around the themes of the show and a specifically created website showcasing the work of contemporary female British artists, links to the established artists discussed in the show, and the work of fictional artists Catherine Shaw and Beatrice GaskinTo book the show at your venue, please contact SJ Watkinson on [email protected]

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