Tell us about Bedwetter.
Bedwetter is a show about how I, Tamlynn Bryson, wet the bed every night until I was fifteen years old. In the past, I’ve been fairly quiet about her history of bedwetting. Though wetting the bed is a relatively common problem in children, people seldom discuss it, aside from making jokes that usually paint the child as a nerd or loser. But now, I’ve decided to break my years of silence.
Combining elements of storytelling, stand-up comedy, and sketch comedy, I relive and recount how I became a woman while still feeling like a child. This time, I’m the one who gets to make the jokes.
Describe your show in three words.
Wacky. Heartfelt. Punny.
Why should someone come to see your show?
When creating a show at Drawing Board Productions, we always ask ourselves this question. People now have the option to stay home and be entertained for little to no money. Going to the theatre requires them to leave the comfort of their house, fight traffic, and pay to be entertained. We understand that, and that’s why we make theatre that is always worth your while. This show is high energy, hilarious, and full of twists and turns. The format is best described as storytelling-meets-sketch, with new and exciting surprises every few minutes. You came here to be entertained, and we want to do that for you.
This is also a very important story to tell. Bedwetting is an issue surrounded by an intense stigma. A lot of people have heard jokes about bedwetting, but have never really heard the genuine stories. On the other hand, there are many people for whom this story is all too familiar. We’ve had people approach us after the show in tears thanking us for talking about this issue, some of whom had never previously told anyone about their history of bedwetting.
We strive to make people laugh with our show, but also hope to start a larger conversation about stigmas, body positivity, and self-acceptance.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
As tempting as it is to say Captain Underpants, I’m drawn to compare this show to Jack-Jack from The Incredibles. If you think this play is a classic storytelling show, you would be highly underestimating it. Just like Jack-Jack, this show is high energy, has a million tricks up its sleeves, and will constantly surprise and delight you. You never know what’s coming next with Bedwetter and it will likely be unlike any storytelling show you have seen before.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
I’m very excited to see Scaredy Cat by Carlyn Rhamey. I always like supporting theatre written and performed by women, and I’ve seen her shows in the past and have always found them to be touching and hilarious. I can’t wait to see her new show.
#FringeDuJour is a peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
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The 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 5-15 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.