“I’m the reason the caged bird sings
I am the thorn in the side of the boy
I am the fat lady telling you it’s over”
Based on interviews with female-identifying practitioners across the music industry, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is a tale of growing up and finding a voice. Weaving together spoken word, live music, verbatim audio from the interviews and a few genuine teenage diary entries, award-winning poet Genevieve Carver and her multi-instrumental live band (Tim Knowles, Brian Bestall and Ruth Nicholson) take you on a journey that begins in 1999 and isn’t over yet.
Expect to meet the spirits of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Delia Derbyshire as Genevieve navigates her way through school bullies, the pressures of mainstream media, anxiety and pregnancy scares, but comes out smiling.
A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is an innovative piece of gig theatre exploring what it means to be a girl in the business of music, but also simply to be human. Told in Genevieve's 'heart-breaking and hilarious all at once' style, to a soundtrack moving seamlessly between pop, rock, folk, soul, classical and electronica.Book Now
Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet and spoken word artist. Genevieve Carver & The Unsung are a multidisciplinary performance project celebrating unsung heroes and marginal voices. They are double-winners of Buxton Fringe Spoken Word Award and released their first studio album in 2017.Book Now
Praise for "The Unsung" by Genevieve Carver and The Unsung (previous production):
The Wee Review ***** "Brilliant, verging on genius"
Write Out Loud ***** "Carver and her wonderfully talented musical band weave together beautiful poetry and perfectly balanced musical accompaniment with a deft and hugely engaging level of ease."
The Reviews Hub **** "Carver exudes a warm humility that perfectly complements the fragile and overwhelmingly human spirit at the heart of her storytelling"
A Younger Theatre "Raw and deeply honest"
The State of the Arts "Delightful, demanding language"
Winners, Spoken Word Award at Buxton Fringe - 2017 (for "The Unsung") AND 2019 (for "A Beautiful Way to be Crazy)
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