Deranged Poetesses: Sound | Wave

Deranged Poetesses returns with their unique blend of contemporary poetry performed to a slideshow of evocative images, responding to the theme of Sound | Wave.

The commissioned performers are:

GENEVIEVE CARVER: She Tells Sea Shells

In 2018 a ‘digital seashell’ of wave sound was launched for Mental Health Awareness week, based on evidence that listening to the sound of the ocean can have a positive effect on wellbeing. Genevieve explores how her relationship with the sea has helped her through some of her personal struggles in this poetic meditation on the healing power of connecting with nature.

JULIE EASLEY: cries and screams are music to their ears

Soundwave is a famous Decepticon – a Transformer robot gone bad. He can fold down into a cassette tape, but when he first came to earth he spent 23 years trapped in a car stereo! Julie Easley tells the saga of those lost years through a mash-up of music and character voices, as the car’s successive owners struggle with the evil in the tape-player.


Rising star of Manchester’s legendary collective, Young Identity, Ayo storms the stage with work that uses body percussion, singing, silence, dance and spoken word, asking the audience to join her in experiencing the tide of the voice.


The invitation of quiet spaces. Words learned on the page before ever being spoken, their sounds warped, definitions morphed. Queerness found when fictional heroines beckon. kwaɪət kwɪə is about tiny sounds like the shift of paper on fingertips, sending secret messages to the people who need them, and the weird vibe of the library.

COLL METCALFE: The Sound Of My Silence

A girl slips from her bed in the moonlight and embarks on a journey full of all the senses but one. Performed entirely in British Sign Language by deaf poet and actor, Coll Metcalfe opens up a world of silence – not waving, but signing.

KATIE JARMAN: He Said She Said

How much damage can a soundbite do? He Said She Said is one story about two people on one night, but the story is universal and the behaviours are not individual – they are the result of a wave of misogyny and a wave of female empowerment crashing together.

Genevieve Carver and Emily Compton will also be facilitating a Deranged Poetesses workshop earlier in the day from 2-4pm. Participants will be encouraged to live music through creative writing.

*This performance is priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, which means that tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience. Click here to find out more.

‘Deranged Poetesses’ comes from a literary spat when the brilliant poet Sarah Howe won the TS Eliot prize a couple of years ago. A critic wrote a rather misogynistic comment piece about her which was then reclaimed by poets and made famous when #derangedpoetesses trended across social media. The name is a creative and direct response to this and the event has the aim of platforming the work of female poets. It’s a title that’s been reclaimed.

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