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)