Arts & Culture

The Audit at the Oxford Playhouse

By John Charlton

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.

Proto-type Theater’s new show 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. How can a small island nation survive when it is going it alone with economic relationships?

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the worst worldwide financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and THE AUDIT asks if we really weathered the storm? Surrounded by greed and with international finance crashing, we follow a citizen, a country, and gods old and new, as they confront economic crisis and powerlessness. THE AUDIT uses original text, performance, film, animation and specially composed music to inform, entertain and challenge.

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.

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.

Proto-type are a company of multi-disciplinary artists led by Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees, and Andrew Westerside. They have been making work and supporting young artists in the US, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Armenia, France, Zimbabwe and the UK since 1997.

www.proto-type.org

Wed 14 & Thu 15 March 7.30pm
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street OX1 2LW
www.oxfordplayhouse.com 01865 305305