Artist Focus 6: Proto-type Theater

16 September, 2013

Proto-type Theater are a company of multi-disciplinary artists, based in Manchester, who make intricate multi-media performances. Their work has been performed all over the world from Korea to Armenia to Mongolia.

Previous work includes an installation work in a Roman garden in Chester, multi-media theatre that unravels the stereotype of American suburbia, a two-week long performance experience for pervasive technologies, a delicate two-hander that looks at the mythology surrounding two of history’s most notorious criminals and a unique sight-read performance for a revolving cast of 3 performers that has been performed hundreds of times in locations across the globe. All of their work has a focus on precise execution and in making complicated material accessible.


The Good, the God and the Guillotine

A long walk, the beach. A fight, a murder. The heat, and the barking of dogs. We’re travelling out of the sun and towards darkness.

A show that steals its style from the gig, the opera and the recital, The Good, the God and the Guillotine is a music driven cross-genre journey through a tangle of relationships, inspired by Albert Camus’ 1942 novel The Stranger. Three performers, and three laptop musicians from The Manchester Metropolitan University Laptop Ensemble, present a performance sung and spoken across thirteen distinct chapters, against a backdrop of animation and reactive lights.

‘This is beautifully crafted stuff that has a broader relevance and audience than a traditional theatre company based in one city could manage.’ The Metro, Manchester


‘For us, a sense of technological revolution has been at the heart of much of our recent work. We look to re-think and sometimes un-do the purposes of pervasive technologies as a means of creating theatrical experiences that linger beyond the duration of the work.’ Proto-type Theater

If you like Proto-type Theater, we recommend also seeing Revolution in the Bedroom/War in the Playground and WIFE

The Good, the God and the Guillotine will be premiering at Frequency 2013, before touring in Spring 2014.



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