The Unsung

A raucous funeral party for the lost and the forgotten.

From Prokofiev’s wife to Radiohead’s drum technician, many have laid down their lives for music. In this explosive show, poet Genevieve Carver takes us on a whirlwind tour around the world exploring how music has shattered the lives of those who’ve loved it most.

Weaving spoken word with original music from a live band, The Unsung was researched and developed as a residency project at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, using a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England between March and December 2016. Much of the material was written during a week-long residency at Sheffield Theatres as part of Making Room.

Performances in 2016 went down a storm, with audiences labelling the show the most original thing they’d seen in years, a way to explore a genre they’d never before considered, and a captivating mix of storytelling and sound.

The Unsung heads back out on the road this summer. Before then, we’ll be recording the full show as a studio album, with the poems published in an accompanying pamphlet. Come and join the (funeral) party! 



26th May – South Yorkshire Poetry Festival – Bank St Arts, Sheffield

8th June – Tivoli Cafe Bar, Ilkley

9th June – No Bounds Festival, Hope Works, Sheffield

9th July – Rebuild Festival, Derbyshire

18th July – Buxton Fringe – St Peters  Church, Buxton

3rd September – Freedom Festival, Hull

5th September – The Roundhouse, London

28th September – National Poetry Day – Theatre Deli, Sheffield

18th October – Unity Theatre, Liverpool (supporting recent Ted Hughes’ winner Holly McNish)