From city to city, audiences have lined up to join Shawn Hitchins and his Ginger Nation. Having debuted at Edinburgh to standing-room-only houses and unprecedented media coverage, the redheaded comedian continues to spread his candid and profane story of would-be fatherhood. Hitchins’ fiery account as a sperm donor to a lesbian couple is hilarious and profane. On his personal mission to repopulate the earth with redheads, he recounts memories from adolescence, brushes with celebrity, feats of masturbation, and discovers what it means to be ginger and proud.
ALL HAIL! THE RED, ORANGE & PALE!
PRAISE FOR GINGER NATION:
“A really engaging and wonderful storyteller… quite surprisingly, rather moving.”
— Gay Times UK
“Witty and ribald, Hitchins also throws a few curveballs as he contemplates the notion of becoming a parent, even tangentially, and learning to grow up when he least expected it.”
— Chronicle Herald
“a polished entertainer who excels in masturbatory humour (in the best sense) but is also movingly vulnerable as he talks about the isolation of growing up different.”
— The Coast
“Relatable yet wildly unique, funny yet moving, delightful in the moment yet thought- provoking after the lights went off.”
— Mooney On Theatre
“It’s a skillfully written script and his timing is nearly always pitch perfect with plenty of emotional oomph.”
“A refreshingly candid story that exposes the universal human desire to start a family.”
— West End Wilma
“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 beautifully polished comedy of wit and silliness, but it’s also incredibly uplifting.”
— The Way I See It
Redheads are hot. Television series such as Riverdale and CBC’s Anne are filling our screens with images of ginger glory. But gay Toronto comic Shawn Hitchins has made flame-haired world domination his mission for years.
Ginger Nation documents Hitchins’ humorous and heartfelt one-man show (of the same name) as the affable entertainer recounts his experience as a sperm donor to his lesbian friends. Hitchins’ spunky storytelling effortlessly weaves tales from his adolescence and his brushes with celebrity as a stand-up comic with bizarre tales of turkey basters and masturbating in increasingly suspect bathrooms.
But Hitchins also reveals an unexpected and touching vulnerability as he examines what it means, as a gay man, to become a biological father, fearful that his ginger DNA will produce a child who experiences the same isolation that Hitchins did when he was growing up.
Filmed by Mich Fillion (Southern Souls), the back-to-back performances that make up the final footage in Ginger Nation were shot continuously and without prior rehearsal, in order to capture the natural idiosyncrasies of live theatre. The result is an immediate interpretation of a well-crafted and exercised performance. Fillion’s expert eye for capturing live musicians finds a natural ease with comedy and allows the storytelling to shine in this intimate piece about modern parenting.
IT GETS REDDER!
REVIEWS FOR THE LIVE RECORDING:
“The film is often laugh out loud funny as it critiques political correctness while contributing a productive first-person account of owning one’s identity and expressing it through a unique, authoritative voice.”
— POV Magazine
“Toronto comedian Shawn Hitchins is funny. Really funny.”
— Get Reel Movies