A Beautiful Way to be Crazy

Genevieve Carver & The Unsung Band

This show is now available FREE to view (with an option to donate) from September 2021

at Screensaver, a digital streaming platform for theatre

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                                                     A Beautiful Wat to be Crazy




Residential course

SUN 25 JULY to SUN 1 AUG 2021

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Highham Hall College Cumbria

Tutors Alan Barnes (Saxophone Clarinet)

Martin Shaw (Trumpet/Brass)

Course leader (David Black)

For more information 01768 776276

See you there!


August 14th Trippets Lounge Bar Sheffield - Trish Heenan Jazz with Jez Matthews piano,  Jerremy Meek bass, Brian Bestall drums Starts 7.30-10.30

September 5th Trippets Lounge Bar Sheffield - Trish Heenan Jazz with Jez Matthews piano, Rich Keates D Bass, Brian Bestall drums Starts 1.00-4.00pm

September 11th Trippets Lounge Bar Sheffield - Trish Heenan Kazz with Jez Mattews piano, Jerremy Meek D Bass, Brian Bestall drums 7.30-10.30

November 21st Dorothy Pax Lounge Bar Sheffield - Chronology Jazz Brian Bestall drums, Martin O'kane saxes, Jez Mattews piano, Grham Jones double bass

More about the Gevevievw Carver & The Unsung Band 

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 Jez Matthews Piano

 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