“a choking and exhilarating ride” ★★★★★ The Guardian
“A metaphysical glitter cannon of trauma being fired straight at your chest” ★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ Evening Standard, Independent, The Scotsman, Time Out, The Stage, Herald Scotland ★★★★ The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, The Telegraph (critical praise for Bryony Kimmings’ previous work)
Following an extended run at Battersea Arts Centre, an Offies 2019 Award win, and a run at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts from 3rd to 7th May, Bryony Kimmings (Fake it ‘til you Make it, A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer, Channel 4’s The Sex Clinic: Artist In Residence) brings critically acclaimed I’m a Phoenix, Bitch to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 31st July to 25th August, which will also feature as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
I’m a Phoenix, Bitch combines personal stories with epic film, soundscapes and ethereal music to create a powerful, dark and joyful work about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength. Bryony has spent the last few years on collaborative projects, including co-writing the screenplay for 2019 film Last Christmas with Oscar award-winning actress Emma Thompson, which is being directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and starring Emilia Clarke (Games of Thrones), developing the musical A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre) with theatre company Complicité, and starring in The Sex Clinic: Artist In Residence (Channel 4). However, after years of telling other peoples’ stories, recent personal cataclysmic life events have led Bryony back to her original solo practice.
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.”
Join Bryony on an incredible journey as I’m a Phoenix, Bitch creates a new legend; that of the invincible and fearless woman; a tale Bryony wishes she had known from birth.
EDINBURGH FRINGE LISTINGS INFORMATION
Bryony Kimmings – I’m a Phoenix, Bitch
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
Date & Time: 31st July to 25th August at 17:30
Duration: 1 hour 20 mins
Notes to Editors
I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is financially supported by Arts Council England, commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, supported by Latitude Festival, and made in association with Avalon.
Bryony Kimmings is renowned for her outlandish “social experiments” with previous works seeing her retrace an STI to its source, spending seven days in a controlled environment in a constant state of intoxication and becoming a pop star invented by a nine-year-old girl.
Her most recent work A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer was commissioned by Complicite and presented at The Royal National Theatre and HOME, Manchester. The touring version of this show was performed at venues across England and in Melbourne and Sydney. Bryony’s award winning work has toured internationally including: Antifest (Finland), Culturgest (Portugal), Fusebox Festival (Texas), Southbank Centre (London), Seymour Centre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Australia) and Lisinski Operahouse (Croatia).
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