The Shy Manifesto

By Michael Ross

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The Shy Manifesto

Photo: Jacob Thesander

UK: A HIT-Copenhagen production and a critically acclaimed success, The Shy Manifesto originally premiered in 2020 and due to demand is now being performed under CPH STAGE –  INTERNATIONAL DAYS. This hilarious and moving dramatic comedy is in English, with a tour de force performance by British actor Daniel Ash. This is his debut lead solo role in Copenhagen, after drama training in the UK and now Denmark, where he is currently based.
The Shy Manifesto is a tender, bitter-sweet coming-of-age dark comedy  from 2019, about growing up shy and along with the pressures and double-edged sword of the social media age. 17-year old bookworm Harry, stuck in  Bournemouth, is surrounded in life by overconfident people. He has pretty much only his own room for company and decides to face his own demons after the utter chaos of his drunken escapades the night before.
This play is as hilarious as it is poignant. Through the digital universe of his vlog, Callum delivers a potent manifesto, which reveals his intimate thoughts about sexuality, society, humiliation, self loathing, and ultimately his quest for acceptance.
Shyness has rarely been explored in drama and in this piece, peppered equally by hilarious and poignant moments, “the writing is a gift to actors: light and energetic, lacking in pretension and full of compassion.”

DK: Denne bitter-søde komedie var totalt udsolgt i 2020, men nu har publikum påny chancen for at følge med på scenen, nården 17-årige Callum går ind i sit digitale univers og leverer et stærkt manifesto. En forrygende forestilling med fokus på Callums intime tanker om seksualitet, samfund og søgen efter accept. Følg med mens Callum skaber en live-blog sammen med publikum og streamer sin generthed ud til verden.

SPILLETIDER: 3 Juni kl.15:30/ 4 Juni kl. 17.30/ 5  juni kl. 11:30

VENUE: LiteraturHaus

VARIGHED: 1 time

SPROG: Engelsk

INSTRUKTØR: Jeremy M. Thomas

MEDVIRKENDE: Daniel Neil Ash

DRAMATIKER: Michael Ross

Reviews

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Direction that brings it all to life” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Inhabiting the same stage and making use of the same bed, the monologues’ respective directors Joseph Sherlock and Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen both deserve credit for helping their charges to deliver close to three hours of pulsating intensity. The action never lets up and the times whizzes by.”
(/Review: The Cph Post/ Ben Hamilton, Oct 2020)

The Plot

Last night I tried not to be shy, just as an experiment for one night – and with catastrophic results.”
/ Harry in The Shy Manifesto

The Shy Manifesto is a tender, bittersweet coming-of-age dark comedy  from 2019, about growing up shy and along with the pressures and double-edged sword of the social media age. 17-year old bookworm Harry, stuck in  Bournemouth, is surrounded in life by overconfident people. He has pretty much only his own room for company and decides to face his own demons after the utter chaos of his drunken escapades last night.

This play is as hilarious as it is poignant. Through the digital universe of his vlog, Callum delivers a potent manifesto, which reveals his intimate thoughts about sexuality, society, humiliation, self loathing and ultimately his quest for acceptance.

Shyness has rarely been explored in drama and in this piece, peppered equally by hilarious and poignant moments, “the writing is a gift to actors: light and energetic, lacking in pretension and full of compassion.”(The Guardian).
This piece of theatre coaxes trust from the audience and explores whether shyness should be accepted or whether it is something that needs to be conquered.

Photo: Jacob Thesander

The Shy Manifesto
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE was originally commissioned and produced by McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
Emily Mann, Artistic Director / Timonthy J. Shields, Managing Director, Mara Isaacs, Producing Director and produced by Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, under the direction of André Bishop and Bernard Gersten, in 2012.
Presented by arrangement with Nordiska ApS – Copenhagen.
A collaboration with:
With the generous support of:

Cast:

Karen

Daniel Neil Ash

Daniel Neil Ash was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England. He began acting professionally at eighteen, when he graduated the foundation program at the Oxford School of Drama.

He worked in film and theatre and starred in The Broken Teeth of Lions, produced by BAFTA winner ‘Chris Hees’ before deciding to continue his training on the three year program at the Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts.

Upon graduating in June 2020 Dan made his Debut with the Shy Manifesto for HIT CPH and has since worked as a voice actor and also starred in Later We Go Home supported by Filmvaerkstedet.

On the side Dan is an accent coach and writes drama for his own projects.