The Book of My Shames

May 2023

Created by Isaiah Bell and Sean Guist

The Book of My Shames is a touring, original one-man theatre production performed by Victoria-based tenor Isaiah Bell, co-created by Isaiah and director Sean Guist, with original words and music by Isaiah, accompanied by a four-person band.

A persistent emptiness of heart drives a youth from a restrictive fundamentalist commune to a passion for bad men, and on to a successful but strangely hollow life on the stage. Combining rapid-fire monologues and personal stories with an array of original music—chansons and ballads, cleverly touching cabaret songs, and expansive operatic scenas—this “comic, wrenching, and personal tour-de-force” reminds us that desire, rejection, shame, and the longing to be loved are themes common to us all.

Cast and Creative Team

  • Perri Lo, music director
  • Sean Guist, director
  • Isaiah Bell, tenor