Improv Night: Hunger by Mark Sheeky

Improv Night: Hunger
Mash Guru, Macclesfield
21 March 2017

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

The night started with a picture of William Read. Claire Bassi read a poem to a video of inedible in-flight food, then handed out a selection of inedible food to the audience from a tray. Alix Hyde played unusual sounds on Sabine's guitar to a video of diet food text. Deborah Edgeley read a poem about peanut paste, and Simon Ross read a poem with Mark accompanying on keyboard. Tom Heaton sang a folk song to a backing track. Neil Puttick enacted a piece about Brazilian street urchins, laying down dressed as one, but waking when someone touched a "medicine bottle", which transformed him into a television reporter.

Mark read the words of the Hungarian national anthem in a Bela-Lugosi accent. Becca Smith then gave a talk about medieval art with slides. Simon Ross played a ten minute video of him eating a book called Revolutionary History of Europe. Heather read a poem to a video of Sabine swimming. Sabine played a sound loop of eating, and improvised guitar sounds over the top with Becca Smith.

Simon Ross talked about the "Waywords and Meansigns" project, and played an extract of Finnegan's Wake. Michael Chisholm read a short story. The night ended with a group jam featuring myself, Tom Heaton, Simon Ross, Becca Smith and Steve Young.