Bryony Kimmings: I'm A Phoenix, Bitch
Following a critically-acclaimed, twice-extended run at Battersea Arts Centre, an Offies 2019 Award Win and a run in Brighton Fringe, Bryony Kimmings brings I’m a Phoenix, Bitch (co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts) back to Brighton for two Edinburgh Previews before her performances at Edinburgh Fringe, as part of the British Council showcase 2019.
Combining personal stories with epic film, soundscapes and ethereal music, Bryony creates a powerful, dark and joyful work about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength. A mythical legend performed straight from a heart still pulsing with pain.
Ever sunk so deep you felt like you might never make it up for air?
In 2016, Bryony nearly drowned. Postnatal breakdowns, an imploding relationship and an extremely sick child left her sitting beneath the waves hoping she could slowly turn to shell.
Two years later and she is able to deal with life again, but wears the scars of that year like a dark and heavy cloak. Who do we become after trauma? How do we turn pain into power? How do we fly instead of drown?
We will need new myths to survive the end of existence as we know it. Tonight a new legend will be created; that of the invincible and fearless woman; a tale Bryony wishes she had known from birth.
“Bryony Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride via pop video, horror movie, art installation and therapy session….a double inspiration and a testimony both to human resilience and the healing properties of art”
“Imagine a metaphysical glitter cannon of trauma being fired straight at your chest”
What's On Stage
Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and supported by Latitude Festival. In association with Avalon.
Financially supported by Arts Council England.
Conceived, written and performed by Bryony Kimmings
Directed by Kirsty Housley and Bryony Kimmings
Produced by Philippa Barr
Art Direction by David Curtis-Ring
Projection Design by Will Duke
Projection Design Associate, Hayley Egan
Composer, Tom Parkinson
Sound Design by Lewis Gibson
Lighting Design by Johanne Jensen
Dramaturgical Support from Nina Steiger
Creative Associate Michal Keyamo
Choreography by Sarah Blanc Makeup Design by Guy Common
Design Assistants: Katherine Millar, Alice Winzar, Abel Oberon and Ian Cy
Costume Assistant: Alan Meggs
Senior Producer Consultant: Judith Dimant
Production Manager: Helen Mugridge
Technical Stage Manager / Video and Sound Operator: Froud
Additional Video and Sound operation: Mike Bignell
Assistant Producer: Becky Plotnek
Additional Technical Support: Beth O’Leary
Lighting Operator: James Smellie
Lighting Programmer: Emma Henderson
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Box Office Opening Times
The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.
Dates & Times
Tuesday 23 July, 20198:00pm
Wednesday 24 July, 20198:00pm