Virtual Tour Dates


 Cockpit Theatre London Monday 11th JAN 2021 to Sunday 7th FEB 2021

Lowry Theatre Manchester Tuesday 12th - 21st February 2021

Exeter Phoenix Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th February 2021

                                                             The Globe Newcastle Monday 8th March 2021                                                      BORN LIPPY presents an International Womens Day LiveStream Special of A Beautiful Wat to be Crazy


Spoken Word | Music | Theatre

Winners for Excellence in Spoken Word, Buxton Fringe 2017 and 2019


A Beautiful Way To Be Crazy was in the middle of a nation wide tour before it was sadly cut short in early 2020. This broadcast has been specially recorded for you to enjoy from the safety of your home.

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, with a soundtrack moving seamlessly between pop, rock, folk, soul, classical and electronica.

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

★★★★★"Brilliant, verging on genius" The Wee Review

★★★★★"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




Genevieve Carver & The Unsung

 Genevieve Carver Poet & Piano, Brian Bestall Drums, Tim Knowles Guitars and Ruth Nicholson piano & Violin

New for 2019 A Beautiful Way To Be Crazy. A show about women in music. A tale of growing up, finding a voice and listening to Joni Mitchell


Chronology Jazz Quartet - Brian Bestall drums and percussion, Graham Jones Double Bass Martin O'Kane tenor Saxophone and Steve Black Guitar

 We play our favourite Blue Note jazz standards by Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea with a few original compositions. Expect a broad range of approaches, combining buoyant Latin grooves, delicate atmospheric offerings and driving swing.


Shibboleth are Martin Weightman Accordian, Ruth Nicholson Violin, Graham Jones Double Bass and Brian Bestall drums

Soulful and Celebratory Music from Eastern Europe. Klezmer, Balkan & Gypsy