Cambridge play marks decade since financial crash

PUBLISHED: 17:01 11 October 2018

Proto-type Theater�s new show THE AUDIT (or Iceland, a modern myth) is coming to Cambridge Junction. Picture: Adam York Gregory

Proto-type Theater�s new show THE AUDIT (or Iceland, a modern myth) is coming to Cambridge Junction. Picture: Adam York Gregory

Adam York Gregory

A thought-provoking theatre production which considers greed and the global economy is coming up at Cambridge Junction.

Proto-type Theater’s new show entitled THE AUDIT (or Iceland, a modern myth), looks at the human cost of the corporate and personal greed that consumes countries – and tells how one nation raised their voices in protest and railed against the currents.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the worst worldwide financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and THE AUDIT asks if we really weathered the storm, using original text, performance, film, animation and specially composed music to inform, entertain and challenge.

This lively and fun show is written and directed by Andrew Westerside, and devised and performed by Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees.

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.”

It is Proto-type’s second theatrical work examining contemporary politics, and reunites the team with digital design from Adam York Gregory and original music and sound design by Paul J Rogers.

A spokesman said: “As part of their research, Gillian and Rachel visited Canary Wharf to look at art on display in the major banks’ foyers. They were ejected from Barclays despite brandishing their Barclaycard to identify as customers. ‘It’s art’ announced the security guard sternly – ‘it’s not on display to be looked at’.”

Proto-type is a company of multi-disciplinary artists led by Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees, and Andrew Westerside.

The company has been making work and supporting young artists in the US, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Armenia, France, Zimbabwe and the UK since 1997.

The production was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, ARC, Oxford Playhouse, Lancaster Arts, Word of Warning and artsdepot.

It’s on at Cambridge Junction at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 24 – for tickets go to junction.co.uk.

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