Proto-type Theater

The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth)

Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as part of WTF

In Brief

How a nation raised their voices in protest.
And how collective power can move a mountain — even if only a little.

See their trailer. And, now that it’s over, read reviews by The Reviews Hub, Upstaged Manchester + Live Art Alive.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018, 8pm
Venue: The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: available to reserve, Pay What You Decide in person on the evening. Please note the WTF Wednesday ticketing policy below.
Box Office Tel: 0843 208 6000 (The Lowry)

Access Information

Age advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion). With no interval, the show lasts approximately 1 hour. Features a combination of spoken text, composed sound + film. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


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, Proto-type Theater tell the story of how a nation raised their voices in protest.

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.

Who are they

A company of multi-disciplinary artists led by Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees + Andrew Westerside, Proto-type create original performance work that is diverse in scale, subject and medium. Alongside lifting the veil on the Secret State in their first theatrical examination of contemporary politics (A Machine they’re Secretly Building — at Word of Warning in Spring 2017), this has included a two-week long theatrical experience using pervasive technologies (Fortnight), a multimedia concert-performance featuring animation and live laptop orchestra (The Good, the God and the Guillotine — at Word of Warning in Spring 2014), and a radio drama with the BBC.

Since 1997 they’ve made work and supported young artists in Armenia, China, France, the Netherlands, Russia, the UK, the US + Zimbabwe: founded in New York City by Peter S. Petralia (1997-2006), relocating to Lancaster’s Storey Institute (2006-10), then Manchester’s Northern Quarter (2010-14), and now Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, they make and support work across the region.

What people have said about them

Cracking intelligent, funny, new political theatre.
Terrifying, overwhelming – a total highlight.

Audience Feedback on work-in-progress of The Audit
…this smartly intelligent hour-long whizz through the world of surveillance, and the way governments legitimise spying on their citizens, makes you question what we mean by a terrorist and where the real threat lies.
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on A Machine….

The Audit in Salford is previewed by Manchester Wire.


Written + directed by Andrew Westerside | Devised + performed by Rachel Baynton + Gillian Lees | Digital design + artwork by Adam York Gregory | Original sound design by Paul J. Rogers | Produced by Gillian Lees
Commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, ARC (Stockton), Oxford Playhouse, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, hÅb + artsdepot (London).
Supported by Tramway (Glasgow), Curve (Leicester), and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Websites | @Proto_type | Proto-type on Facebook | WTF Wednesdays

WTF Wednesday ticketing policy at The Lowry

As this is a Pay What You Decide event, we know some people who book tickets won’t turn up on the night so we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right but we advise you arrive early to ensure you get a seat! We don’t often have to disappoint people but if we can’t fit you in we will try to offer you tickets to another show in The Lowry that night.

Performance Programme Spring/Summer 2018

Wed 28 Feb, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth)
Thu 17 May, 7.30pm (Fri 18 May sold-out). £7/4 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
Works Ahead 2018
Wed 13 Jun, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
History History History
Sat 4 Aug, 12–4.15pm. Free | Mcr City Centre
Hazard 2018: Shadow Girl — the city streets