Couple comes in from the fringe
LONDON writer and performance artist Bryony Kimmings has made six full-length shows in six years, each about a subject she has become obsessed with, that is blowing her mind or ethically perplexing.
“As with all my shows, life takes a turn and you end up knee deep in a project,” Kimmings said.
“It’s usually something very close to my heart, but something that I can see also has the potential to be universally appealing.”
Her latest show and first at Fringe World, Fake It ‘til You Make It, exemplifies this and features Kimmings’ advertising agency account manager fiance Tim Grayburn.
“I met Tim nearly two years ago and about six months in, he told me he suffered from clinical depression and had done so for nearly a decade,” Kimmings said.
“I am from a family that has its share of mental illness so to me the revelation was not a shocking one, but what was shocking however, being from a family of nearly all women, was that he had kept it a secret for nearly eight years from the shame and feeling of ‘being less of a man’.”
Touring away from home with a partner who has a mental illness was not an ideal scenario for Kimmings, who then suggested to Grayburn they make a 55-minute work together.
“I told him that by doing so, he would literally be saving lives, with suicide the biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK,” she said.
“It’s like being at our house in our lounge room with us and having a very honest, very candid and very funny but also very scary and sad conversation about depression. Sometimes we will get up and sing and dance for you, but it won’t make you feel awkward, it will make you feel joyous.
“We all walk along the street ignoring one another, but each of us has a story and it’s as valid as yours.”
Writer Bryony Kimmings.