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Fake It 'Til You Make It

Fake It 'Til You Make It

Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn

Oberon Books

“[An] eccentric, harrowing and important theatre piece about male clinical depression...Kimmings is as skillful as she is determined to rip down the shame around male depression. She is an old-school variety entertainer and at its root, this is an old-fashioned love story—an unconventional one, but no less lovely or heart-squeezing for that.” —The Independent 


Six months into their relationship, Bryony found out that Tim suffered from severe clinical depression. This was a secret Tim had kept for a very long time. Fake It ‘Til You Make It is Bryony Kimmings’ new work about clinical depression and men, co-created with her partner Tim. A wickedly warming, brutally honest and powerfully heartbreaking show about the wonders of the human brain, being in love and what it takes to be a "real man."


Bryony Kimmings is a Performance Artist based in the East Region. She creates full-length theatre shows, cabaret works, homemade music, sound installations and documentary films. Her work is larger than life, outrageous, visually loud, often dangerous, somewhat unpredictable but above all fun. Her work follows real-life social experiments that she embarks upon with genuine genius, intrigue and whole hearted, fearless gusto. Bryony’s work has been seen in galleries and theatres across the world. Her 2010 work Sex Idiot won the Total Theatre Award and her 2011 show 7 Day Drunk was awarded a Brick Award nomination and Time Out Critics’ Choice award.


Tim Grayburn is a 32 year old former advertising executive who lives in the Oxfordshire countryside with his partner Bryony Kimmings and soon to be first child. He spent 10 years in the advertising industry mainly based in London working on brands such as Barclays, Fiat, UPS and Jeep. He quit the industry in 2014 to co-write, produce and perform with Bryony in a autobiographical theatre show focussing on his experience of clinical depression. The show has been on tour since Jan 2015 and has won numerous awards including Perth Fringeworld Best Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre and a Herald Angel Winner Award.


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