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The prospect of going to see a performance about the Icelandic banks and the global economy crisis is not an easy sell. A huge, utterly complex and dry subject, you have to admire Proto-type Theatre‘s ambition with The Audit.
And what you also have to admire is their brilliance in delivering an engaging, socially-critical piece of performance theatre.
The show incorporates verbatim text, film, music and animation – but it’s all about the words. From the promotional blurb which persuaded me to turn up to the spoken word delivery of Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees, every word is executed to perfection. On stage, it is the poetry of the performance which makes this such a stand-out show.
The attention to detail is huge. From the synchronicity of movement to the speech rhythms, the show is study in embodied research.
This is Proto-type’s second flirtation with socio-political subjects following on from last year’s wonderful surveillance-themed A Machine They’re Secretly Building. This show seems bigger in scale, yet more intimate, relating the financial mess of the past two decades to the audience through the story of a young Icelandic girl and her grandfather. It’s sublime storytelling.
For this type of contemporary performance, Proto-type sit at the top table in terms of engaging performance. But when it comes to the global socio-political subject matter, they are at the top of their game. The Audit is a superb example of performance theatre.
The tour goes on (see dates below). Their Arc Stockton show was cancelled due to bad weather It should be rearranged soon. I saw them at The Lowry, Salford, presented in association with Word of Warning – the people to follow if you want to know about performance theatre in the North of England.
SAT 10 MAR – ARTSDEPOT, NORTH FINCHLEY
SUN 11 MAR – THE HUB, LEEDS – This performance is priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, click here to find out more
TUE 13 MAR – LINCOLN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
WED 14 & THUR 15 MAR – OXFORD PLAYHOUSE
WED 21 MAR – NORWICH ARTS CENTRE, NORWICH
FRI 8 JUNE – PULSE FESTIVAL 2018, NEW WOLSEY, IPSWICH