Fake it 'til you Make it

Bryony Kimmings Ltd


Increasingly in demand internationally, Cambridge-based Bryony Kimmings is an award-winning performance artist creating full-length theatre, cabaret and spoken word performances, homemade music, audio installations and documentaries. Inspired by the taboos, stigmas, anomalies and social injustices of British culture and seeking to provoke change, she works autobiographically and typically begins to develop each new production via a novel social experiment. Previous works have seen her retracing a Sexually Transmitted Infection to its source; spending seven days in a controlled environment in a constant state of intoxication; and adopting the alter-ego of a pop star invented by her nine year old niece.

Kimmings’ new work Fake it ‘til you Make it addresses the often undiagnosed symptoms of clinical depression amongst men. Made in collaboration with her partner Tim (who works in advertising rather than the arts industry), she embarked on the project six months into their relationship when she first discovered that he suffered severely from the illness. Asking why we find depression hard to talk about and how we cope when it arises, the show is a heart-warming, honest and funny celebration of the wonders of the human brain and an investigation of the attributes required to be a ‘real man’. 


In the press

"beautiful and funny and intelligent and true" ★★★★★ The Guardian Australia

"This is a top show, worth every one of those 5 stars" ★★★★★ The Australian Times 

Production details

  • Writer

    Bryony Kimmings, Tim Grayburn
  • Devisor

    Bryony Kimmings, Tim Grayburn
  • Designer

    David Curtis Ring, Amelia Hankin
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage
  • Touring Availability

    August 2015 onwards
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    10m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Traverse 2
  • Production dates

    6-30 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    55 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity




For the Australian and London previews we hosted post-show panel discussions with contributions from health care professionals and charity partners, this is something we would be keen to continue for future runs. 

We can tailor a workshop should it be requested by a group.