(or Iceland, a modern myth)
There’s a shadow coming, across the sea. Long and terrifying. The vultures are circling, the wolves are howling… how can we weather this storm?
The global economy is a mess. The crash has landed, the tide’s swept out, and it’s taken our hope with it. There’s less in our pockets and more to be spent. The rich have got richer, the middle’s squeezed tight, and the poor are being dragged ever downwards.
With the true value of money and the human cost of greed firmly in their sights, Proto-type Theater tell the story of how a nation raised their voices in protest and railed against the currents.
Using original text, performance, film, music and animation, The Audit is about finding strength, overcoming a world designed to keep us docile, and how collective power can move a mountain – even if only a little.
Written and directed by Andrew Westerside
Devised and performed by Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees
Digital design and artwork by Adam York Gregory
Original sound design and music by Paul J Rogers
Produced by Gillian Lees
PR by sfp communications
The Audit is Proto-type’s second theatrical work examining contemporary politics, following A Machine They’re Secretly Building, a “smartly intelligent hour-long whizz through the world of surveillance” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian).
Proto-type are a company of multi-disciplinary artists led by Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees and Andrew Westerside. They create original performance work that is diverse in scale, subject and medium. Recently, this has included touring theatre (A Machine They’re Secretly Building), a two-week long theatrical experience using pervasive technologies (Fortnight), a multimedia covert-performance featuring a live laptop orchestra and animation (The Good, the God and the Guillotine) and a radio drama with the BBC (The Forgotten Suffragette).
The Audit was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, ARC (Stockton), Oxford Playhouse, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, hAb/Word of Warning (Manchester) and artsdepot (London). Supported by Tramway (Glasgow), Curve (Leicester) and Arts Council England.
Running time: 60 mins
Recommended age: 14+