I'm a Phoenix, Bitch

Bryony Kimmings


Bryony Kimmings is a critically acclaimed performance artist, writer and activist. Inspired by stigmas and social injustices, she creates award-winning art works that provoke change and tour widely. Driven by a feminist working class agenda, her work is funny, brutally honest and deeply political – and she's renowned for her outlandish real-world interventions. Kimmings has created a musical with Complicite and made TV documentaries for Channel 4. Her first screenplay, Last Christmas, written with Emma Thompson and produced by Universal Pictures, will be released in November.

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is a mid-scale solo theatre work written and performed by Kimmings. The show is about survival, trauma, and being a single mother and a woman in the 21st century. It uses therapy processes and film noir tropes to tell a story involving postnatal depression, trauma, mental health and being a parent to a very ill child. Combining immersive video projection, an ethereal original soundtrack and beautiful lighting design, the piece creates space to tackle taboos and speak about difficult subjects. Kimmings gives a powerful, charismatic performance in this intensely personal work.

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and supported by Latitude Festival. It is financially supported by Arts Council England and made is association with Avalon.

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

“Bryony Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride via pop video, horror movie, art installation and therapy session… 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” TimeOut

“It's rare to see work by women – let alone a woman making a solo show – presented on such an ambitious scale, with such high production values and in such grand surroundings. More of this please” What's On Stage

Production details

  • Writer

    Bryony Kimmings
  • Director

    Bryony Kimmings and Kirsty Housley
  • Choreographer

    Sarah Blanc
  • Designer

    Art Director: David Curtis-Ring, Video Projection: Will Duke, Composer: Tom Parkinson, Sound Designer: Lewis Gibson, Lighting Designer: Johanne Jensen, Creative Producer: Philippa Barr
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    680 - 900 kg, 8 x assortment of flight cases and suitcases

  • Touring Availability

    From November 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    8m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Live Music, Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance 1, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
  • Production dates

    31 JULY–25 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    80 MINS
  • Audience capacity




Bryony is happy to give post show talks when requested