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#GingerPrivilege - A Solo Show

#GingerPrivilege

About the Production

*commence 3rd-person description* #GingerPrivilege is Bay Bryan’s second solo show. In similar fashion to Growing Into My Beard, Bay weaves together different performative elements to tell a story or, in this case, explore a specific topic.

In #GingerPrivilege, Bay (through his many characters) seeks to understand his own personal privilege as well as the concept of privilege as a whole (with all the nuance that comes along with this sensitive subject). Through combined elements of red-nose clown, sock puppets, storytelling, music and more our shape-shifting ginger attempts the impossible: to once-and-for-all SOLVE EVERYTHING.

Two White-Male Socks Roger & Mathilda are arguing about privilege.

Two White-Male Socks Roger & Mathilda are arguing about privilege.

Most Recent Production

*and back to me talking* On February 21st, 2019 #GingerPrivilege had it’s first sharing of it’s still-developing script at Interplay Theatre in Leeds, UK. Our warm audience of about 10 people was very receptive to both the show and the subject matter. Both myself and Claire Seddon (director) were able to get some great immediate feedback. The Goal of this sharing was NOT to alienate or purposefully cause discomfort, it was rather to create an experience that is consensually interactive, entertaining, fun and leaves room for a conversation following if people are wanting to engage in one —after all, the broad topic of privilege is quite personal and it’s one of those things that can potentially strike a nerve. What we learned is that show, although still in it’s infancy, is already doing what we set out to do: It got people thinking about privilege and what it means to them AND it got them talking about it to —Excitedly!— Which was honestly a relief!

WHAT’S NEXT? In Similar Fashion to Growing into My Beard this show is not done growing yet —there’s many conversations being had and research still underway that continues to inspire more content for this show. My ultimate aim is to create a slick 1-hr production that could play in ANY SPACE from conventional theatre stages to coffee shops to living rooms; I would love to collaborate and invite speakers in to talk after the show and to host a live (and possibly live-streamed) Q&A.

Join the ongoing conversation on the #GingerPrivilege FACEBOOK PAGE and feel free to engage at whatever level you feel comfortable!

The Clown attempts to DEFINE WHAT PRIVILEGE IS and WHERE DOES IT COME FROM??

The Clown attempts to DEFINE WHAT PRIVILEGE IS and WHERE DOES IT COME FROM??

MEET THE TEAM

*commence 3rd-person description again*
Bay Bryan is an American performance artist who is currently based in Manchester. He produces his own music as a singer-songwriter, struts the stage with wigs-and-heels as his character Queen Bayard, writes/performs his own theatre in solo-show format and teaches yoga. #GingerPrivilege is Bay’s second solo show following Growing Into My Beard: an autobiographical coming-of-age tale about one ginger’s quest for love; Bay has performed G.I.M.B. in Leeds (Interplay Theatre, Hyde Park Book Club), Manchester (ABode) and in the USA (NYC, Philly, Minneapolis and Boulder, CO).

Claire-Marie trained in Musical Theatre at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Creative credits include Musical Director for ’Harold & Maude’ and ’The Breakfast Club’ (Interplay Theatre) and MD & Composer for ‘After’ (R&D), ‘I remember’ (Young at Arts) and ‘We Are Outlaws’ (Wrongsemble/Frontroom)Claire-Marie is an Associate Artist for Site Specific company Frontroom Productions. Her directorial work to date includes: Assistant Director for ‘Oliver Twist’ (Kirkgate Market,Leeds) and Director of ‘Hurry Up Jess’ (regional tour). She is thrilled to be back working with Bay after directing ‘Growing into my beard’ for Interplay Theatre, Leeds in 2018 and R&D sharing of ‘#Ginger Privilege spring 2019.

I want you to imagine a human-made world that is being transformed and built with EVERYONE in mind, not just the majority. What would that look like?

I want you to imagine a human-made world that is being transformed and built with EVERYONE in mind, not just the majority. What would that look like?


ARE YOU A VENUE/PRODUCER? This next section is for you…

Tech Info
- Get in is 4 hrs (flexible)
- Dimensions are flexible and can be tailored to the space
- 1 Cast Member, 1 Director. 1 Technician (this is flexible). We can provide our own technician and/or we are open to work with the house’s technician.
- One General lighting state needed (open and excited to utilise more lighting options if available).


Learning/Wrap around Activities
- Q&A post-show discussion with actor and director (and possible outside speaker/host)
- A #GingerPrivilege workshop which will be touring alongside the show. Sessions can be discussed and tailored to participants.

Marketing/Audience Demographic
“Privilege” is an incredibly topical subject at the moment. The target audience is 14+ and aims to pull in both theatre/non-theatre goers; Bay and Claire aim to do this by producing the show in conventional/non-conventional spaces as well as tailoring the show accordingly when performed in different settings such as Schools, Corporate Spaces, Summer Festivals and more; They are open to including you in this tailoring process so that the show may be most effective for your audience!

BOOKING/Contact:
Booking/General Queries: bayardpro@gmail.com

GIMB - Past Productions

WHAT IS THIS BLOG POST?

If you are here, perhaps you are interested in where GROWING INTO MY BEARD has been before now (whatever now is to you that is). As you scroll through this blog post you will find a few pictures from each past production as well as a few words to describe how each location/performance meant something a bit different to the show and to me personally! Enjoy :)

 

ABode Brasserie (Manchester)
- 30th May 2018-

ABode Brasserie is a restaurant space located downstairs at the ABode Hotel in city centre Manchester. LOVE transforming unconventional spaces into places to play!

ABode Brasserie is a restaurant space located downstairs at the ABode Hotel in city centre Manchester. LOVE transforming unconventional spaces into places to play!

As of October 2018 I officially became a resident of Manchester, England. As I currently write this I'm sitting in my favourite coffee shop in Chorlton. It was very special to be able to perform the show in Manchester because this city represents something very important within my life and within the show: A completed climb up a symbolic canyon of life, and a new climb ahead --A new chapter essentially. 

I love transforming spaces into places I can play and this restaurant was particularly very fun to transform; I particularly loved climbing all over the bar, asking people to light me with their phone flashlights and strutting the centre floor in my heels! 

Up until now Manchester has been primarily my place where people know me more as a singer/songwriter --it was wonderful to perform for my musician friends in a way that they hadn't seen me before! 

Bottom line: I love Manchester. Can't wait to bring the show back!


Interplay Theatre
- 15/16 March 2018 -

This version of my Beard represents the start of a new chapter in my life. An official expat of the USA now, I am living with my husband in Manchester and beginning to plant roots as a performance artist and yoga teacher. 

I loved being able to come back to Interplay, the stage where I proposed to my now husband just over a year earlier, and to work with the amazing Claire Marie Seddon again!

In this version I felt like we were able to incorporate elements of audience engagement/interaction that, in my opinion, gives the story a stronger purpose or "reason for being."

Photo taken before the show at Interplay Theatre March 15th, 2018. 

Photo taken before the show at Interplay Theatre March 15th, 2018. 


Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
- 7 July 2017 - 

Needing to leave your hometown in order to be "free" and to "come out" is something that a lot of queer individuals feel they have to do --I did FOR SURE! And it worked for me.

Equally as important, I have found that going back home as my "liberated" self to be a challenging, vital and healing process.

Performing my show in Colorado was a part of this process for me. It was a truly surreal and special moment to have family and childhood friends in the audience (and my little niece and nephew!). 

A full circle moment performing in my home state of Colorado! 

A full circle moment performing in my home state of Colorado! 


Interplay Theatre
- 8 Dec 2016 -

It was the end of 2016 and I had been visiting Manchester for 3 months. My boyfriend and I had been long distance for four years at this point and we had reached a point in our relationship where a decision needed to be made.

Literally on the last night of my trip I performed this version of my Beard and at the end of the show I brought him on stage and proposed to him. The trajectory of my life changed in an instant!

This was a particularly special version of G.I.M.B when I proposed to my now husband as part of the story! #hardtotop #accidentalinnuendo

This was a particularly special version of G.I.M.B when I proposed to my now husband as part of the story! #hardtotop #accidentalinnuendo


The Tank NYC
- 8 July 2016 -

photo with amazing human and director  Artem Yatsunov !

photo with amazing human and director Artem Yatsunov!


This was a special set of performances for me because it was the first time that I had written a relatively solid script. Previous to this it was a bit of a combination of structure and winging it.

For myself and ESPECIALLY my wonderful director Artem this took my Beard to another level and gave us the chance to utilise the rehearsal process more effectively! And we were able to do it for three consecutive nights so that gave us three different audiences to play off of. LOVED THIS FESTIVAL :)

Jack Space BKLN NY
- 28, 29 & 30 Jan 2016 -


Philly Fringe Festival
11 Performances. 4 Venues. 3 Neighbourhoods.
- September 2015 - 

Philly Fringe was amazing, hilarious and altogether a wild ride. With Artem, we performed my Beard 11 times in 4 different venues throughout the city giving us this almost tour vibe within the festival. 

The venues were all very different: A gay bar, a dance space, an echoey upstairs hall with a grand piano, and the furniture section of the Philly AIDS thrift store. Tailoring the story to each environment was a challenge in and of itself --we learned a lot and we had a great time with it! 


Minnesota Fringe Festival
The Huge Theater
- August 2015 -

OMG, this Festival was everything. The good, the bad and the awkward.

With Artem as Director and producer, we hopped in his car and from Brooklyn to Minneapolis we drove! On our way we stopped in Chicago where I proceeded to roll my ankle very badly outside of a frozen yogurt joint. LONG story short: I'm a dumbass.

The whole festival I was on crutches and performed my Beard with a cute little limp. This gave me the insight to not be such a dumbass in the future AND to not rely on my tendency toward physical comedy.

It was here at Minnesota fringe that I had to take a REAL look at my script (the non existent one) and start to put the pen to page. 

Every show was a bit different. I was adding and subtracting things all over the place. Poor Artem took it like a champion and in the end the festival was pretty dang successful and we both learned A LOT.


Under St. Marks Theatre
- May 2015 -

THE FIRST EVER VERSION of my Beard. It was... a show. It had heart dammit but it was pretty random I'm not going to lie. 

It had been a long time dream of mine to put on a solo show so the fact that I put it on at all made it a success. If I could distill the writing process down to a movie montage you would see that the STRUGGLE WAS REAL and that the only evil force at work was my own self doubt.

If I hadn't had Artem as the natural cheerleader he is, I'm not sure if I could have overcame some of those dark moments.

First Performance of G.I.M.B at Under St. Marks Theater (East Village, NYC) So proud of this moment. #blessed #kidding #notkidding

First Performance of G.I.M.B at Under St. Marks Theater (East Village, NYC)
So proud of this moment. #blessed #kidding #notkidding