Musician and poet Genevieve Carver and her band The Unsung shine a light on the challenges faced by women in the music industry with their new genre-busting show A Beautiful Way to Be Crazy. It comes to London in March, visiting Camden People’s Theatre on 14 March and VAULT Festival 17 to 19 March, as part of a new tour.
I am thirteen years old. I feel very grown up, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do with my life – I’m going to ‘be a famous musician’
Based on interviews conducted 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. The piece weaves together spoken word poetry, storytelling, live music, audio clips from the interviews, and some genuine teenage diary entries.
Award-winning poet Genevieve Carver and her multi-instrumental live band (Tim Knowles, Brian Bestall and Ruth Nicholson) explore what it means to be a girl in the business of music – with a little help from Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Delia Derbyshire.
A Beautiful Way to Be Crazy covers themes of confidence, female working relationships, toxic masculinity and mental health, to a soundtrack ranging from soul to electronica, classical and pop.
In addition to the London dates, Genevieve Carver & The Unsung will take A Beautiful Way to Be Crazy to Birmingham’s Verve Poetry Festival , Halifax’s Square Chapel Arts, Sheffield’s SheFest and Slung Low in Leeds, where the tour leg concludes on 24 May 2020.
Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet searching for humanity amidst the chaos. Her work has 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.
What the critics say
“Arguably one of the most powerful voices of the Fringe” – EdFringe Review
“Brilliant, verging on genius” – The Wee Review
“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” – Write Out Loud
“Carver exudes a warm humility that perfectly complements the fragile and overwhelmingly human spirit at the heart of her storytelling” – The Reviews Hub
“Raw and deeply honest” – A Younger Theatre
“Delightful, demanding language” – The State of the Arts