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Bryony Kimmings brings I'm a Phoenix, Bitch to Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Bryony Kimmings

Artist, theatre-maker, comedian, musician and activist Bryony Kimmings brings I’m a Phoenix, Bitch to Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, from 3-7 May - a headline performance for the opening weekend of Brighton Fringe 2019.

Following huge critical acclaim during its opening run in London, the Brighton dates will be the first for the show outside the capital. This will also be the first time that Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts has been a host venue for Brighton Fringe.  

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch has been co-commissioned by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne and was partially created during a residency at ACCA in summer 2018.

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. In this show a new legend will be created: that of the invincible and fearless woman, a tale Bryony wishes she had known from birth.

Bryony Kimmings says, “My shows are usually born out of me going: ‘We don’t talk about this enough, this is problematic in terms of a political or feminist narrative.’ My hope with this show is to give the almost unspeakable traumas associated with postnatal depression and an ill child a voice. I wanted to create a show that cuts to the heart of these things but does it in a way that people can relate to.”



What's On Stage



Bryony Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride via pop video, horror movie, art installation and therapy ... a double inspiration and a testimony both to human resilience and the healing properties of art” 

The Guardian



“Imagine a metaphysical glitter cannon of trauma being fired straight at your chest”




The Stage

By: Nicola Jeffs
Last updated: Monday, 4 February 2019