Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Bedwetter
Tamlynn Bryson is a fearless and charming storyteller and performer.
The title of Bryson’s one-woman show, cowritten with Kyle Kimmerly, is pretty self-explanatory. Bryson wet the bed until she was 15.
As the script unfolds throughout her life, we see the myriad ways in which she had to navigate, strategize, and cope with a bladder that just wouldn’t behave.
Bryson speaks candidly about the tremendous amount of confidence she had as a child—openly discussing her body and the diaper she wore at night on the playground, calling out gym teachers who made jokes about wearing diapers—and when she remembers learning to feel shame for being “gross” or “smelly”, for being different.
It’s a powerful thing to witness Bryson use comedy and theatre to talk openly and publicly about her body, normalizing and destigmatizing all our bodies along the way.