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The Audit (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, 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, 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. is 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).


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

Stage Manager Thomas Marcinek

Producer Gillian Lees 

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The Audit was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (Lincoln), Warwick Arts Centre (Warwick) and hAb (Manchester). Supported by Tramway, Glasgow, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, the Britten-Pears Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

About the Company

Proto-type are a company of multi-disciplinary artists led by Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees, and Andrew Westerside.
We 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 concert-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).
We’ve been making work and supporting young artists in the US, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Armenia, France, Zimbabwe and the UK since 1997. Critics have called our work ‘an intriguing brush with altered reality’ (New York Times), ‘daring, experimental and theatrically engaging’ (Theatremania) and ‘enthralling’ (Zambezi News).


Standard: £13

Concessions: £11 

Double Bill ticket offer: £20 for A Machine they're Secretly Building & The Audit

Tickets & Times

  • They are not holding back in the slightest. They are out to expose… They can and they will name and shame.
    The Reviews Hub

  • The brilliance of Proto-type’s approach is to engage, inform and entertain… they exude warmth and wit
    Live Art Alive

  • The kind of theatre that seeps into the sub-conscious.
    The List

  • This is coolly reasoned theatre, produced by Proto-type Theater with stylish aplomb.
    Lyn Gardner, The Guardian