F*CK OFF AND DIE: TALES IN TEEN ANGST POETRY
The verbatim comedy solo show of Sara Bynoe.
Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, if you were to read it today you’d probably cringe at your former feelings. Imagine sharing that shame in front of an audience. That’s exactly what Sara Bynoe- the ‘Teen Angst Poetry Queen’ – has been doing for years.
A leader of the mortification movement, in 2000 Sara started TeenAngstPoetry.com; an online database of the world’s most purple poetry. She soon after began hosting readings encouraging everyone to join her in a celebration of awfulness. Then she edited an anthology; Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry (St. Martin’s Press, 2005). In 2006 she sold out her performance of BAD GRAD at Calgary’s famous High Performance Rodeo. In 2007 she took the best of the worst of her Teen Angst for a solo show, Fuck Off and Die: Tales in Teen Angst Poetry.
Recently the show has been edited and revamped for 2012 and beyond, reflecting on a decade of sharing Teen Angst Poetry and it’s impact on audiences. Now including: poems never shared before, new journals and a new closing song! 30 ways to F*ck Off and Die.
What? There isn’t one. Boo! Someone book it. It’s great. It’s been revamped too!
ABOUT THE SHOW
Part stand-up comedy, part poetry reading, and part raconteur, F*ck Off and Die is a heartfelt yet hilarious valentine for every lonely, angry and misunderstood teenager that ever lived because the truth is everyone understands your pain. Especially Sara.
You will leave this show wishing you never threw out/ burned your old journals -or really thankful that you did.
WHERE HAS FOAD PLAYED?
Edinburgh Fringe, 2011 (PBH Fringe -Royal Oak)
Spoken Space, London 2009 (20 minute version)
Bumbershoot, Seattle, USA, 2008
Uno Festival, Victoria, Canada, 2008 (a portion of this show was performed)
Toronto Fringe, 2007
From the Toronto Fringe 2007
“Who knew bad poetry could be so good. Funny and even poignant, but mostly funny. Lots of ‘cringe worthy’ lines that will take you back to your years of angst (and hey, some of may still be there) in a way that you will enjoy. I was expecting a screaming rant. This is anything but. Recommended.”
-Canadian Actor Online
“Absolutely brilliant! She takes you on a bright and cheerful journey through the dark and morose and highly self-referential jungle of teenage angst poetry. It’s absolutely, deliriously hilarious for anyone, especially those of us who were grungers and misfits, who were tragically poetic and poetically bored, in the ’90’s.”
“If you have ever written a poem, go to this show.
If you have ever cried while listening to music, go to this show. (If you have ever cried while listening to Nickelback, go to this show twice. You need the reality check.)”
Sara is such a strong performer! I was riveted. (except when she tried to tell me I was like Molly Ringwald… then I felt betrayed… who gave YOU the right to JUDGE MY PAIN?!!!… utterly betrayed… )
-Running time – 60 min.
Although this show can be adapted into shorter segments to suit any event.
-Set up and strike time – 10 min.
-Approx. 30 sound and 30 lighting cues. All are transitional.
-Lights designed on a festival hang plot. Using one general wash, one cool wash, three spots and no specials. Can also be adapted to a very minimal space.
-Set: One chair/ or easel and one stool.
-A stage minimum of 6′ X 6′
Depending on the venue this show draws people as young as 12 to people in their 80s. This is a show for anyone has ever been a teenager, anyone who can laugh at themselves, and anyone who enjoys poetry, especially bad poetry.
Originally directed by AJ Demers – circa 2007
Voice overs by AJ Demers and Andrew Pifko
Text by teenage Sara Bynoe comments on text by adult Sara Bynoe