Bryony Kimmings

Mayfest 2020 is no longer taking place due to Covid-19. We need your support now more than ever, so sign up to our mailing list, or consider donating, to help us deliver an even more exceptional festival in the future. 


Ever sunk so deep you felt like you might never make it up for air? 

In 2016, Bryony nearly drowned. Postnatal breakdowns, an imploding relationship and an extremely sick child left her sitting beneath the waves hoping she could slowly turn to shell.   

Four 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? 

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

Following an extended run at Battersea Arts Centre, a sell-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and an Offies 2019 Award win, Bryony Kimmings brings the critically acclaimed I’m a Phoenix, Bitch to Mayfest.

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.

“Bryony Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride ”

The Guardian

“Her extraordinary new show raises the bar considerably; it’s the best thing she’s ever done”

The Scotsman

“Imagine a metaphysical glitter cannon of trauma being fired straight at your chest”

Time Out


Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and supported by Latitude Festival. Supported by the British Council, and supported by Arts Council England using public funding. In association with Avalon.