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JNewtz Identity Crisis

JNewtz Identity Crisis

Struggling to fit into society, his body and his mind, JNewtz's life has been one on-going Identity Crisis. In his first ever solo stand-up show the social misfit reveals all in this dark look into his life, past and present.

A physiatrist once diagnosed JNewtz by saying "With his eclectic clothing style and traces of makeup, I'd suggest he has identity issues!"

We've all had a mid-life crisis, imposter syndrome, anxiety, questioning your purpose, low self-esteem, feeling like a misfit – call it what you will, basically it's an Identity Crisis.

JNewtz never felt like he fit in – at school, sports clubs, his body or even his voice. The only thing that gave him a feeling of belonging was punk-rock music, a genre that reached out to all the outcasts and touched a chord deep inside them. It was this music that gave JNewtz a feeling of rebelling, a feeling of being different, a love of alternative styles of clothing, makeup and hair colouring – all the things that are non-conforming to what normal people call ‘society’.

Becoming JNewtz was to depart from who he was and create a new style, a new attitude and a new outlook on life. Learing to accept who you are, what you are and who you want to be – all while enduring an on-going Identity Crisis along the way.

“Life is all about laughing; laughing at ourselves. Sometimes it’s light-heated and other times it’s dark. I’ve learned that the more you can laugh about the darkness, the lighter our lives become.”  – JNewtz

Strictly for audiences 18+

This show contains: Occasional coarse language.


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