17 year old Callum is proud to be shy and he thinks you should be too, because what this noisy, crazy world needs right now is a bit more self-restraint. The Shy Manifesto is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy drama about a shy boy who is fed up of constantly being told to come out of his shell. Tonight he is to address an audience of radical shy comrades and incite the meek to finally rise up and inherit the earth. But memories of the previous night’s drunken escapades at a classmate’s end-of-term party keep intruding, and threaten to upend the fragile identity he has created for himself.

The Shy Manifesto is a solo piece that takes the experience of being shy as its central subject- something which has rarely been explored in drama, and yet which touches on many audience members lives.

Callum delivers his manifesto, exploring adolescence, isolation, self-loathing and sexuality. His irreverent lightness of touch, and multi- rolling as the other characters in his story endear him to the audience, encoraging us that we, too, can be proud to be shy.

Starring Theo Ancient (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and written by Michael Ross (“fun, sparky and full of ideas”- The Stage on Ross’ They Won’t Kill You).

Shy Manifesto Timings (approximately)

Workshop: 3:30-5pm
Show: Doors 7pm
Show start 7:30pm
Q&A 8:30pm
Finish 8:50pm

The Higher/Further Education and Professional Actors workshop, led by leading actor Theo, will:

Discuss the processes used to develop the show and the rehearsal methods used by the team

Include warm up exercises for participants to use in their own rehearsals

Explore the approaches used to develop character in a practical way, drawing on practitioners from the actor training cannon including LeCoq, Chekhov, Stanislavski, and Laban.

Explore the idea of multi rolling and solo performance, utilising dialogue from the show

Allow an opportunity for individual feedback on performance work with RADA trained, Theo Ancient.

To reserve your ticket to the show and to book your place on the workshop*, please contact:

hayley.reay@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk // 02393 870 193
*Payment will need to be made in advance, in cash at the Guildhall Box Office.

Event details

Workshops & Activities

Approximate running time: 90 mins

Age: 16+


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