Bryony Kimmings: I'm a Phoenix, Bitch

Theatre (performance art, storytelling)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance One
  • 17:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Avalon Promotions
  • Warnings and additional info: This performance contains distressing themes and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Signed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Following a critically acclaimed extended run at Battersea Arts Centre, Grand Hall and an Offies 2019 win, I'm a Phoenix, Bitch by Bryony Kimmings hits the festival as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019. Kimmings weaves a powerful, dark and joyful masterpiece about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength. Combining ethereal music, personal stories, epic film and feats of human strength. 'A choking and exhilarating Ride' ***** (Guardian). Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, Battersea Arts Centre, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and financially support by Arts Council England.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. Lift access through Pleasance Bar ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Signed performances

  • Dates: 8 August, 14 August, 21 August, 23 August
  • Interpreter: Katie Fenwick - Not Selected
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 21 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

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Within Her Words (5/5 stars) 83 days ago

Performance artist Bryony Kimmings brings her trauma to the stage through this harrowing and brilliant musical, horror film-esque one woman show.

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The F Word 85 days ago

If you’ve ever wondered what people mean when they say a performer has put their ‘whole self’ into a show, then you need to see Bryony Kimmings’ I’m a Phoenix, Bitch. This is the epitome of female strength and fragility wrapped up in performance art.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 86 days ago

Bryony Kimmings returns to the fringe with a heart wrenching performance which has you singing along and tearing up in equal measure. Pushing the boundaries of performance art, this experimental piece of theatre immerses us in her harrowing experiences of loss with charm and honesty. In of itself, Kimmings’ courage...

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The Awkward Corner (5/5 stars) 86 days ago

The production values of this show are astounding – from the individual vignettes shown through video projected onto the backdrop, to projections of her experience of running in fear through the forest and drowning in her emotions are extremely effective. The videos are funning, the projection design is absolutely breath taking, and the dollhouse / miniature of her house and life was such an effective way to create a world on stage. Her costume and set elements are on point, and despite her douche inner male critic, the show manages to be very funny and uses humour to navigate the experiences, while also still being able to shock you, bring a tear to your eye and engage you on the deepest of levels.

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The Scotsman (5/5 stars) 89 days ago

The number of shows in which performers lay bare their personal mental health struggles has steadily increased in recent years. Bryony Kimmings’ Fake It ‘Til You Make It, about living with a depressed boyfriend, was an early and notable example, and its influence can be felt all over this year’s...

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FringeReview 91 days ago

I’m not going to give the game away, but I will say, be prepared to be blown backwards, off your seat, just when you want to be leaning in. Bryony Kimmings is a force of nature…  A naturally gifted multi-faceted performer, singer, comedienne, writer, lyricist, musician there are few people...

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

In Greek mythology, the phoenix is a majestic bird which cyclically burns itself in fire before being reborn from its own ashes. Inspired by this sense of rebirth, performance artist Bryony Kimmings takes us on a visually striking journey [...] as the consummate artist she is, she manages to transform even the darkest moments of her life into this amazing performance.

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Broadway World (5/5 stars) 94 days ago

You just wouldn't explain this show in a nutshell. If you had to, you might say that I'm a Pheonix, Bitch is an autobiographical piece which chronicles a deeply horrendous time in Bryony Kimmings' life, through the years 2015-16, and the loss of her relationship, her mental health, and, nearly,...

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British Theatre (5/5 stars) 98 days ago

"I’ve rarely seen a piece of such searing, raw honesty, channelled into powerful, beautiful, heartbreaking theatre."

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 98 days ago

Bryony Kimmings’ I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is a glimmering, harrowing, firework display of a show, and is easily among the best performances at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. To call it a one-woman show feels almost derogatory given its massive scale; it is better understood as an engrossing visual representation of...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Towards the start of this raw and exposing autobiographical show, an inner voice tells Bryony Kimmings she isn't funny any more. It's one of a string of needling criticisms from a voice she characterises as a white, middle-class, middle-aged, cis-gendered man...

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Musical Theatre Musings (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Bryony Kimmings: I’m A Phoenix Bitch is relentless, innovative and searingly truthful, a wonderful example of how autobiographical shows, can and should be done.

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 103 days ago

You could call performance artist Bryony Kimmings a modern feminist warrior princess. She opens the doors to her heart and bares her soul, giving you everything she’s got. Beginning with a French and Saunders style section, she revisits her former self with some wacky wigs as she whizzes through the...

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The List (5/5 stars) 104 days ago

Arresting one woman show depicting an astonishing recovery from mental illness...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

Bryony Kimmings, it’s fair to say, has had a tough time. In the space of a year, her relationship broke down, her baby son got dangerously sick and her mental defences began to crumble. Shit, as she puts it, hit the fan. She’s here now to rise from the ashes...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

I’m a Phoenix Bitch was originally performed at Battersea Arts Centre in London during their Phoenix Season – a selection of work to celebrate the reopening of the main hall of the venue after it was destroyed in a fire. The show received rave reviews and has now transferred to the...

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