Out Damned Spot by Mark Sheeky

Out Damned Spot
The Print Mill, Macclesfield
9 March 2017

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About this event
Out Damned Spot is a fantastical satirical novel, in the style of Gulliver's Travels or The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, by F. J. McQueen. This was a live performance of words and music by the author and myself which acts as a guide to the universe of the novel.

Out Damned Spot Live is an immense spoken journey around a fantastical, and highly imaginative, alternative world populated by extraordinary beings. It begins with an assault from the Map Battalions, soldiers who are made from maps, and includes many strange creatures; a population of frozen embryos, circumcision ants, ironing-board centaurs, as well as Shakespeare, and Jesus, and many more.

This was the first reading of this work that included music and I created simple themes for different areas of the universe. The show is unstructured; the journey can take the reader and audience anywhere within a vast universe, and music needs to change to match the surroundings and characters the audience encounter.