Cou­ple comes in from the fringe

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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