Ten years on from the worst worldwide financial disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s, The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) by Proto-type Theater takes an entertaining look at the human cost of the corporate and personal greed that consumes whole countries – telling how one small island nation raised their voices in protest and railed against the currents. In a world where the driving force behind nearly every decision that affects our daily lives is profit, here is a story about finding strength and overcoming a world designed to keep us docile.
Suffolk audiences will be able to see this exciting new show at the New Wolsey Studio on Friday 8 June, as part of the Pulse Festival.
Incorporating performance, original text, film, animation and specially composed music, to inform, entertain and challenge. The show examines how contemporary myth-making obscures and rewrites the truth to perpetuate systems, governments and hierarchies.
As part of their research performers Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees visited Canary Wharf to look at the art on display in the foyers of the major banks. They were ejected from Barclays, despite brandishing their Barclaycard. ‘It’s art’ the security guards announced sternly, “it’s not on display to be looked at’.
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, a ‘smartly intelligent hour-long whizz through the world of surveillance’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian), thrilled audiences and critics alike on tour and was selected for The British Council Showcase at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, which led to delegates from all over the world attending the show. The Audit reunites the team with digital design from Adam York Gregory and 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.’
The Audit visits Ipswich’s Pulse Festival as part of a national tour. The show will be at the New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich on Friday 8th June, 6.30pm. Age 14+ | 60 minutes, no interval | Tickets: £10/£5. For more information or to book visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01473 295900.
For more information on the Proto-type Theatre company visit www.proto-type.org.