by Michael Ross
On stage: Daniel Ash
Directed by Jeremy M. Thomas
3 – 5 June 2021
“Last night I tried not to be shy, just as an experiment for one night – and with catastrophic results.”
/ Harry in The Shy Manifesto
A HIT 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 as part of HIT’s international festival – HIT hits the Stage.
This hilarious and moving dramatic comedy is in English, with a tour de force performance by British actor Daniel Ash, in this his debut lead solo role in Copenhagen, after drama training in the UK and Denmark, where Dan is currently based.
“Daniel Niel Ash er alene på scenen i små 90 minutter, men sjældent har man set en mere fornøjelig monolog end denne… Ingen vil gå uberørt hjem efter Daniel Niel Ashs præstation.”
(CphCulture, October 2020)
“Jeremy M. Thomas har iscenesat med masser af humor og ømhed… Daniel Neil Ash er meget troværdig som den rastløse og sky Callum, og han har en vidunderlig indlevelse i de historier han fortæller.”
(/Review: XQ28, Oct 2020)
This bitter-sweet tender comedy was a sell out for HIT in 2020, now is your chance to follow on stage one 17-year-old, and his digital universe, a potent manifesto and brilliant one-man play, which reveals Callum’s intimate thoughts about sexuality, society and his quest for acceptance.
Actor Daniel Ash:
“As Callum the protagonist, he could be revealing a great tenderness and then whoosh … the horrific character of his mother’s friend Libby or Tyrone, the hitherto only gay in the village, would be brought into action seamlessly – and with no aftertaste of the previous occupant, not even a swallow. That’s quite a skill.”
(/Review: The Cph Post, 16th October 2020, by Ben Hamilton)
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.”
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.
Daniel Neil Ash is an actor from Hull, East Yorkshire. He trained on the foundation Course in Acting at the Oxford School of Drama before acquiring credits in several short films, touring theatre and working extensively in Theatre in Education. In 2016 he left The UK to train at the Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts (CISPA) and is currently basing himself in Copenhagen.
Jeremy M. Thomas is the Artistic Director for Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre and Local leader behind House of International Theatre. Originally from America, he has been directing and producing theatre in DK, Norway, Sweden, UK and Hamborg for the past 10 years. In Copenhagen, his most notable work in English, includes Old Times (2020), The Clean House (2019), as well as, Vanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike (2018).
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
The Shy Manifesto is the final work by British playwright Michael Ross, who died aged 40 in 2019. It has toured successfully all over Britain to critical acclaim and is now playing for the first time in Denmark. Michael Ross was a graduate of the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and in his plays tackled contemporary issues such as social media, housing, homelessness and corporate greed.
Staring Daniel Niel Ash
Directed by Jeremy M. Thomas
Light design by Igor Halicki
Sound design by Karl Heding
Stage managed by Lakeisha Saldo
Produced by Down the Rabbit Hole
Presented by House of International Theatre
Thursday 3 June 15:30 hrs
Friday 4 June 17:30 hrs
Saturday 5 June 11:30 hrs
2200 KØBENHAVN N
HIT’s participation in CPH STAGE as HIT hits the Stage is graciously supported by the Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.
The Shy Manifesto by Michael Ross, along with Harry Clarke by David Cale, are powerful, revealing and compelling monologues and a tour de force for any actor. Both one-man plays are being performed as part of HIT’s season focusing this year on LGBTQ+ oriented plays, leading up to HIT’s participation with dramatic works on stage during Worldpride 2021, which will be held in Copenhagen.
THE SHY MANIFESTO is one of five HIT plays this spring being performed under CPH STAGE as a part of HIT’s international festival – HIT hits the Stage.
Health & Safety Covid-19
Performances will be held with the utmost concern for health and safety, following all current Danish state guidelines. The use of face masks by the audience is encouraged. Hand sanitisers will be provided. The audience is limited to the maximum capacity according to the health ministry’s recommendations. Our HIT COVID-19 unforeseen lockdown money back guarantee policy ensures ticket holders the freedom of using their ticket to a later show or a full refund.