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Genevieve Carver and The Unsung present

A Beautiful Way to be Crazy

Fri 28 Feb, 7:30pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £16 - £5 (Pay What You Can) (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee)

“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 and non-binary 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 clips 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.  Combining poetry, theatre, live music and recorded audio, 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, with a soundtrack moving seamlessly between pop, rock, folk, soul, classical and electronica.

Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet searching for the humanity amidst the chaos. Her work has been appeared in publications including Iota, Envoi, and The North, and her first collection will be published by Verve Poetry Press in 2020. 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.


“Arguably one of the most powerful voices of the Fringe” –EdFringe Review.

“Brilliant, verging on genius” – The Wee Review

“Carver exudes a warm humility that perfectly complements the fragile and overwhelmingly human spirit at the heart of her storytelling” – Reviews Hub