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Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

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“I am thirteen years old. We are approaching the end of 1999, 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 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. 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 electronic. 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.

Female-led creative collective born under an orange moon, skippered by North-east Legend Beccy Owen playing from their new album: Chaotica. FrontStep Collective – Spoken Word with live Trip Hop and Dub fused beats fronted by Born Lippy resident poets: Donald Jenkins & Tom C.

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Venue

Alphabetti Theatre

Saint James' Boulevard

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 4HP

The Alphabetti Theatre bar and theatre are wheelchair accessible. We have space for two wheelchair users per performance. 

Ticket Collection Policy: Tickets must be collected by the show's start time. Tickets uncollected by the start time will be made available to those on the waiting list for shows which sell out.

Age Recommendation: 16+

Running Time: Approx. 3 hours including interval

 

Organiser

Alphabetti Theatre

Alphabetti Theatre is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was created by Ali Pritchard in 2012. We create, produce, and programme new, original work from emerging artists across the performing arts, championing work in Music, Theatre, Comedy and Poetry. We strive to make theatre that is relatable and accessible to all, and are constantly looking for new ways to challenge ourselves, physically, mentally and conceptually – we believe that by challenging ourselves we inevitably challenge the audience, creating engaging and original experiences.