Collected stories as research for projections around the city in 2007

Marc Almond’s Suicide

There’s a myth about the staircases in Leeds Met. The staircases all have metal nets in the stairwell at alternate floors. The myth is that these were put in place as a direct reponse to a failed suicide attempt by Marc Almond. He was a Fine Art graduate from Leeds Poly in the early eighties. He did a cabaret and got a first.

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  1. bob malston

    Not sure about the nets, don’t remember them.
    But I was at leeds Poly at this time doing fine Art.
    Marc Almond did do a performance in front of an audience of around 50 people where he walked into the theatre announced that he was doing “this” because he was bankrupt, (I think metaphorically speaking.)
    He stripped to the waist and a bloke called Joe only remember his first name preceded to open a pack of razor blades and then made a number of long shallow cuts all over his torso?
    This sticks in my mind as Almond seemed to stand there quite impassively while he was being sliced up. Admittedly the cuts were very shallow but there was an awful lot of blood. when they finished he wrapped himself in a towel and left.

    December 1, 2007 at 6:40 am

  2. I remember things differently to you Bob – (Hi Bob, thanks for the lift to Heathrow Sept 13th 1981!) I remember a performance just like that one, blades, blood etc., done by (I think) Hugh Stott in the mid seventies at Leeds Poly Art Dept. Man, did he get pale! I can only remember his name as I have a copy of the ID pictures of all the students from all the early seventies. Do not know Marc Almond, but glad it was a failed attempt.

    May 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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