You, me or the Wallpaper

Sue Rynhart portrait, cross-legged ona table 2020 (c) Orla Murray
<em>You, me or the Wallpaper</em> 01Feb

Marking 130 years since the publication of feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, Sue Rynhart’s melodrama takes to the stage.

Sue returns to the Festival having been awarded the BAN BAM Composition award and a residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Known for her unique voice and extraordinary blend of folk and contemporary jazz Sue is an award-winning musician who is not to be missed. Unique, quirky and emotive, viewers can’t help leaving wanting more.


Marking 130 years since the publication of feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, Sue Rynhart’s melodrama takes the stage.

The Yellow Wallpaper (which can be read at this link) was a short, seminal Feminist work. Written in 1890s America, a convalescing woman takes readers on a journey to insanity. The insanity is caused -in part- by society’s need for her to rest rather than ‘do’ to treat her malaise (actually, most likely, undiagnosed post-natal depression). Stick with us…


Sue’s melodrama responds to this in song, using personal experiences to outline how creativity enhanced her enjoyment of motherhood. Full of hope, promise and wonder, this first part of the evening will be beguiling, witty and tender.

After the interval, visitors  will enjoy a Q&A with Sue and some informal, creative voice play (participation is not compulsory!)


All About Jazz reviewed Sue’s work in 2017, noting “She’s only two albums in, but already Rynhart sounds like one of the most original emerging voices in the hazy world where folk, improvisation and contemporary song entwine.”

Unique, quirky and emotive – you can be assured of a night to remember. This will be an enchanting night and the setting will only serve to highlight Sue’s absolute skill as a performer, writer and musician.

Musicians featured: Sue Rynhart voice, Mike Nielsen guitar and Lina Andonovska on flute.


St Brigid’s programme

This event has been moved from Oct 2023 to 1 Feb 2024 (and from the Palm House to the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room). It will now feature as part of our St Brigid’s Day programme.

Booking information

The Festival has a limited number of tickets available via Eventbrite. Once these tickets are sold, you can buy your tickets from the Philharmonic‘s box office, here.

Sue has worked with us previously, writing a song for the Festival’s partnership with the River Festival and performing. You can listen to her song, La Malouine, here. Listen to a short interview piece with Sue, here.

More on Sue’s piece, here.

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£18/£15 conc.


1 February 2024

Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm performance.


Liverpool Philharmonic, the Music Room
Sugnall Street
L1 9BP

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