* Lauded the ‘Hidden Gem’ of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ’13 * Standing-Room Only Audiences * Worldwide Media Attention * Excellent Notices
WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY COMEDIAN
SHAWN HITCHINS STAGED WITH
JONATHAN SOJA Comedy: Storytelling, Solo Performance Runtime: 55 mins Warnings: Strong Language, Mature Content, 18+ Shawn Hitchins’ true fiery account as a sperm donor to a lesbian couple is hilarious and heartfelt. On his personal mission to repopulate the earth with redheads, Hitchins recounts memories from adolescence, brushes with celebrity, feats of masturbation, and discovers what it means to be ginger and proud.
THE GINGER NATION TOUR ALL HAIL! THE RED, ORANGE & PALE! PRAISE FOR GINGER NATION... ”The script is strong and the pace and interest never falters. Hitchins is a endearing performer, giving it his all and connecting with his audience. It’s a skillfully written script and his timing is nearly always pitch perfect with plenty of emotional oomph.” - FRINGEREVIEW “A really engaging and wonderful storyteller… quite surprisingly, rather moving.” - GAYTIMES UK “Hitchins is a brave enough performer to not just hit the audience with a genuine emotional blinder, but also to successfully pull them back into the safety of laughter afterwards.” - BROADWAY BABY “A refreshingly candid story that exposes the universal human desire to start a family.” - WEST END WILMA “You funny c**t! You mother-f**king funny ginger c**t!” - DRUNKEN MAN SHOUTING IN AUDIENCE, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2013
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Ginger Spice Venue Number 339. Wilkie House, 207 Cowgate, EH1 1JQ. 3-24 August 21:45 (1 hour). Suitability: 18+. adult themes, strong language, Canadian Shawn Hitchins bounces onto the stage with puppy-like energy, rushing straight into a 'blond, brunette and a ginger' joke to make the point that, as 'a person of primary colour', he knows there's genuine prejudice out there. Not least the major sperm bank in Denmark which recently announced it was no longer taking sperm from gingerhaired men, allegedly because of a 'lack of demand' for that particular 'product'. Hitchins, as it soon becomes clear, is ginger and proud; days earlier, he'd organised an ad hoc Ginger Pride march in the city centre, attracting far more media attention than the annual LGBT Pride march held at the same time in Glasgow (but that's the Fringe for you). So it's hardly surprising that much of his comic material is rooted in the 'gingerism' he has experienced in life, as well as the startling sense of anonymity he experienced the first time he arrived in Scotland. Yet the crux of Hitchins' show is actually far more personal than the colour of his hair. Three years ago, a lesbian couple wanting to start a family asked him to be their sperm donor. Annoyingly grateful to be asked and incredibly pleased by his hitherto unrecognised virility (as the prospective mother became pregnant on the first attempt), Hitchins successfully plays with some pretty grandiose plans for his personal global campaign to repopulate the world with redheads窶田reating his titular Ginger Nation. Given Hitchins' determination to remain a 'gold-star' gay (ie, one who has never slept with a woman), he's able to 'milk' plenty of comedy from the necessarily complicated and socially awkward procedures involved in getting some sperm from a gay man to an expectant lesbian (including the remarkably non-erotic distractions arising from certain women's ideas about appropriate bathroom decoration). Yet, while any stand-up worth their sodium chloride is able to distill comedy from what life gives them, Hitchins is a brave enough performer to not just hit the audience with a genuine emotional blinder, but also to successfully pull them back into the safety of laughter afterwards. Unlike the birth of a child, this show won't change your life. It remains, however, a sharply observed, delightful delivered and wonderfully humane hour in the company of someone who has taken to heart a few important life lessons along the way. [Paul F Cockburn]
This is Shawn Hitchins' solo account of being a sperm donor to a lesbian couple. Hitchins is a red headed Canadian stand up storyteller. He's a ginger. A copper top. A minority, one of the 1% of red heads on Earth. He's also blue eyed and gay. He's also an accessible, fired up performer. I went to this show because there was a story promised amongst the well honed stand up. A story is told from a performer on top of his material, generous in his delivery and informed in his theme and content. A man on a mission to save the ginger race, even into donating sperm to a lesbian couple, the hour felt rich, full of intelligence and razor sharp self-observation with plenty of family life and the human condition thrown into the mix. Hitchins manages to deliver a human touch to this true tale whilst maintaining a flow of sharp comedy which energizes the story and only occasionally overshadowing it. Little tangents and side routines mostly add to the fun and give the routine some texture. And there's plenty of funny comedy here with hardly a space for breath. It's a high octane style of delivery, scripted with room for improvisation, and tender moments are conspicuous by their absence. Yet I sense there were tender and softer moments in this account and sharing them more would have added some subtlety to the narrative. The script is strong and the pace and interest never falters. Hitchins is a endearing performer, giving it his all and connecting with his audience. It's a skillfully written script and his timing is nearly always pitch perfect with plenty of emotional oomph. This is scripted solo theatre really and it's delivered with confidence, heart and fluent selfconfidence. And this is no straightforward linear narrative. This is about that oh f**k moment of realization. We're on fertile comedy ground here. This is a story well worth listening to, brought to life each night at the Dram House. Oh and there's a bit of Le Cock mime worthy of an Oscar nomination. A delightfully penned and delivered true story. [Paul Levy]
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