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Fringe Review: Bedwetter

By Barbara Popel on June 19, 2022

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Bedwetter
Created by Tamlynn Bryson and Kyle Kimmerly
Produced by Drawing Board Productions (Toronto)
55m | 14+ | Comedy
Content warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language, Abrupt Loud Noise, Mental Health

Bedwetter was an unalloyed surprise for me. I was expecting a less-than-polished coming of age monologue whose only unusual aspect was that the young woman had suffered into her teenage years as a bedwetter. Coming of age monologues are a dime a dozen at the Fringe. Instead, I got a polished, funny, touching story from a talented charming performer. Within a few minutes, she had the audience (yours truly included) in the palm of her hand.

With her co-writer, Kyle Kimmerly (more about him in a moment), Tamlynn Bryson has populated her autobiography with people from her life—her pediatrician, her high school gym coach, her schoolmates from elementary all the way up to high school. Bryson is excellent at voicing all these characters.

Bryson and Kimmerly have chosen a raft of brief audio recordings from popular films and TV shows that summarize the public’s dismissive view of bedwetters. There are snatches of pop songs which comment on Tamlynn’s situation. There’s a cute running gag about Kimmerly’s love of Britney Spears and how he insists on inserting Britney’s music at every (inopportune) moment in the show. My favourites in the audio department were the avuncular instructional recordings on the “protocols” to deal with two of the bedwetter’s most dreaded situations—the slumber party and attending summer camp.

Great use of props and lighting, too. The best of these happened when Tamlynn gets her first menstrual period. No spoilers from me, but I’ll remember it and giggle for a long time.

As her pediatrician says, “It’s a much more common problem—just one thing that no one talks about.” Well, this show talks about it and I’m pretty sure the audience left the performance empathizing with any kid who is a bedwetter. At least this audience member did.


Bedwetter by Tamlynn Bryson and Kyle Kimmerly is playing at Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street) until June 26, 2022. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at https://apt613.ca/category/festival/fringe/.

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