The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth)
by Proto-type Theater
York Theatre Royal Studio, 24 April, 7.45pm
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.
The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) by Proto-type Theater is at York Theatre Royal Studio on 24 April. Set amidst the crash of the global financial markets the show looks at the human cost of the corporate and personal greed that consumes countries – and tells how one small nation raised their voices in protest to rail against the currents. How can a small island nation survive when it is going it alone with economic relationships? (Sound familiar in Brexit Britain?).
In a world where the driving force behind nearly every decision that affects our daily lives is profit, The Audit is about finding strength, overcoming a world designed to keep us docile, and seeks to show that collective power can move a mountain – even if only a little.
The Audit is thoroughly entertaining, incisive, fact-based theatre based on extensive research. It opens our eyes, makes us think and challenges us to question what we are told. In an increasingly divided and unpredictable world The Audit is becoming increasingly relevant.
Written and directed by Andrew Westerside and devised and performed by Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees, this is Proto-type’s second theatrical work examining contemporary politics. A Machine they’re Secretly Building thrilled audiences and critics alike on tour and was selected for The British Council Showcase at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. The Audit reunites the team with digital design from Adam York Gregory and original music and sound design by Paul J Rogers.
Rachel said: “We conceived The Audit as a companion piece to A Machine, throughout our investigations for that show we kept coming back to the unavoidable truth that money is behind everything.”
Gillian added: “In researching the show, we spoke to academic economics experts as well as with special interest and community groups across the country to share experiences and discuss the profit motive that is behind the decisions and systems that govern our daily lives.”