Improv Night: Myth by Mark Sheeky

Improv Night: Myth
Mash Guru, Macclesfield
27 February 2018

About this event
One of a series of experimental art performance nights at music venue Mash Guru, curated and organised by Sabine Kussmaul and I. The theme of the evening was Myth.

The night began with a story about Yin and Yang by Michael Chisholm from his Deck of Tales, then myself and Deborah Edgeley performed a robot confession of modern sins. A film by M4SK 22, Simon Woolham, was shown next, followed by an acoustic guitar song by Michael Chisholm about death myths.

Claire Bassi read a poem and answered questions about Palestine, trying to address modern myths about the Middle East. Sabine showed a 20 minute video by American artist, Joan Jonas. Everyone then heard a short story by Becca Smith (who was not in attendance), and audience drew their ideas of what the main character might look like.

The night ended with a revitiation of a performance by myself and Sabine from two years earlier called The Illusion of Myth, about how stories change with each re-telling. I read the script while Deborah Edgeley and Claire Bassi were threaded to each other with cling-wrap, making something like a giant 'cats cradle'. The pair were standing in the projector beam, casting the translucent shadows of the wrap onto the moving film.