Based on interviews with female and non-binary practitioners across the music industry, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy, a performance piece premiering at Theatre Deli next week, is a tale of growing up and finding a voice.
Weaving together spoken word and music, Sheffield poet Genevieve Carver and The Unsung, her live band of Tim Knowles, Brian Bestall and Ruth Nicholson, explore what it means to be a girl in the business of music.
We move from a starting point of “I am thirteen years old. We are approaching the end of 1999 and to celebrate the imminent end of the world, I have bought a sequined pale blue top from Tammy and painted my nails for the first time, in silver.
“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”.
It leads on to certain musical heroines such as Joni Mitchell, Delia Derbyshire and Nina Simone whose reputed rider demand has inspired a piece called Champagne, Cocaine and Sausages.
A Beautiful Way to be Crazy was researched and developed during a residency at the Making Room at Sheffield Theatres, and is part-funded by Arts Council.
After a preview performance at The Cellar Theatre at DINA in December ,A Beautiful Way to be Craz will be premiering at Theatre Delicatessen next Thursday, March 14, at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8/ £6.