Proto-type Theater: The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth)

Date:Wed 24 Oct
Price:£12.50 (£8 con)

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the worst worldwide financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Audit asks if we really weathered the storm...

The global economy is a mess. The crash has landed, the tide’s swept out, and it’s taken our hope with it. 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. 

Part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Photography: Adam York Gregory and Proto-type


Join us before the show for First Manoeuvres, a friendly and informal scratch night of brand new works in progress by members of our artist development network Troop. Each evening will consist of 3 or 4 short extracts in a ‘lucky dip’ format – it could be theatre, dance, spoken word or something else! *(Tickets are free but you must book in advance).

"They are not holding back in the slightest. They are out to expose… They can and they will name and shame.”

“Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees are excellently in sync with one another…Their performances are subtly and suitably sinister.” The Reviews Hub


“A heartfelt and thought-provoking plea to wake up and look at what is going on around us. An invitation to react and respond rather than just remain ignorant and accepting.”

“Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees are a great combination and perfect foil for each other.”

“The brilliance of Proto-type’s approach is to engage, inform and entertain… they exude warmth and wit. The clarity and insight here allows for the telling of a modern horror story of greed that resonates with age old folk stories that we should not forget.” Live Art Alive


Praise for the company

“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

Age: 14+ (contains some strong language and adult themes)

Duration: 1hr 20 (approx.)

Bar and box office open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.



  • 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 spf communications

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.

The Audit premiered in Spring 2018 at Lancaster Arts – followed by a UK tour