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shymanifesto18.jpg Shyness is nice…

The ‘Shy Manifesto’ is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy drama about a shy boy who has had enough of constantly being told to come out of his shell. It’s coming to Live Theatre in January.

I was incredibly shy when I was a teenager and could have really done with some ‘Shy Manifesto’ in my life. It features 17-year-old Callum who is proud to be shy, and, hey, thinks that you should be too, because in a world where bellicosity is very much to the fore in every sphere of our lives, what we all need right now is more self-restraint. In this one-man show Callum (played by Theo Ancient, who wowed audiences in the West End as Albus Potter in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’) delivers his manifesto, exploring adolescence, isolation, self-loathing and sexuality, and encourages his audience of radical shy comrades to finally rise up and inherit the earth. However, will memories of the previous night’s drunken escapades at a classmate’s end-of-term party upend the fragile identity he has created for himself? Find out when he reveals all in this eagerly awaited Newcastle show.

The Shy Manifesto, Tuesday 29-Wednesday 30 January, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £10-£14 (cons. from £6). www.live.org.uk