I'm a Phoenix, Bitch

I'm a Phoenix, Bitch

4.8 (8) · Physical TheatreNew WritingFringe Theatre, Contemporary

Bryony Kimmings

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20 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“The return of Bryony Kimmings’ brilliant show, co-directed by Kirsty Housley. It’s about trauma, motherhood and post-natal breakdown which borrows from the iconography of fairy-tales and horror films. This is so searingly honest and so gloriously theatrical and full of unexpected humour. Just go.”


In 2016, Bryony nearly drowned. Postnatal breakdowns, an imploding relationship and a very 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?

A mythical legend performed straight from a heart still pulsing with pain. Combining personal stories with epic film, soundscapes and ethereal music - huge feats of physical strength will collide with the rumbling doom of toxic doubt.

We need new myths to survive the end of existence as we know it. The legend of a fearless woman will be created; a tale Bryony wishes she had known from birth.

Critic reviews

It’s not a play to be forgotten, full of the promise of rebirth and confrontation, strength and defiance

The Upcoming

Extremely impressive and affecting piece


Imagine a metaphysical glitter cannon of trauma being fired straight at your chest and you’re halfway to understanding the vast, agonising intensity of Bryony Kimmings’s new solo show

Time Out

Bryony Kimmings charts her return from the edge in a distressing one woman show on trauma that hurts more than it heals

The Stage

It’s a choking and exhilarating ride as Kimmings learns to trust in herself – and inspires us to do the same

The Guardian

A stunning show that looks inward to thrust outwards


A must-see for all those who want to experience and learn from someone facing their demons in a beautiful and powerful way, it's a show that will stay with you


Date & time

Show ended
Wed 20 Feb - Sat 9 Mar, 2.30pm & 8pm


Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN London, UK · Get Directions
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