This is the website for our theatre show about clinical depression and men.

Bryony Kimmings is an outrageous, hilarious and fearless Performance Artist from London. Tim Grayburn is an outrageous, hilarious and fearless account manager at a top advertising firm. These two humans happen to be a couple. Bryony spends most of her life on tour trying her best to change the world. Tim spends most of his life at a desk trying his best to sell the world. Six months into their relationship Bryony found out that Tim has severe clinical depression. 
1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental illness in our lifetime, up to 8% of us can be struggling on any one day AND 70% of patients in the doctor queue are there for mental health reasons. It is estimated that half of male depression goes undiagnosed, yet mental health related suicide is the number one killer of men under 35 in the UK. So why do we find it so hard to talk openly about the subject? And how do we cope with it when it arises?
Award winning artist Bryony Kimmings is back with a brand new collaboration that seeks to blast the taboo of mental illness out of the water. Expect home made music, stupid dancing, onstage arguments, real life stories, tears and truths in this wickedly heartwarming and funny celebration of the wonders and pitfalls of the human brain. As the duo seek to unpick what it takes to be a “real man”.




Writers Bryony Kimmings and Tim GrayburnDirector Bryony KimmingsDramaturg Nina SteigerSound Design and Music Tom Parkinson and Matt Lewis; Lighting Design Nao NagaiArt Direction David Curtis RingSet Design Amelia HankinProduction Manager Hattie Prust; Choreographic support Dan Canham.

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Norwich Playhouse - NORWICH

4th - 5th March 2016 8pm


9th-10th March 2016 8pm

Warwick Arts Centre - WARWICK

17th - 19th March 2016 7:45pm

Birmingham Mac - BIRMINGHAM

23rd - 24th 2016 March 8pm

The Marlowe Theatre - CANTERBURY

29th - 30th March 2016 8pm

Pavilion Theatre - DUN LAOGHAIRE

22nd - 23rd April 2016 8pm

Harrogate Theatre - HARROGATE

28th - 29th April 2016 8pm

North Wall Arts Centre - OXFORD

12th - 13th May 2016 8pm

Theatre Royal - WINCHESTER

4th - 5th Nov 8pm

Barbican Theatre - PLYMOUTH

11th - 12th Nov 2016 8pm

The Junction - CAMBRIDGE

14th - 15th Nov 2016 8pm



1 in 4 people will experience mental health
problems in any one year (Time to Change)


9 out of 10 people with mental health problems
experience stigma and discrimination (Time to Change)


Only 1.36% of the countries public health budget
is spent on mental health (MIND)


72% of people treated for depression are female
yet 75% of people that take their own lives are male (Men's Health Forum)


Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK

(Mental Health Organisation)




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one of the most beautiful pieces of theatre I have ever had the pleasure to see
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Winner of Best Theatre Award - Fringe World, Perth

Winner of Best Theatre Award - Adelaide Fringe Festival


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bryony@bryonykimmings.com / tim@bryonykimmings.com

Twitter: @bryonykimmings / @TimGrayburn



Bryony Kimmings Ltd, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ



Commissioned by Southbank Centre (London) Theatre Works (Melbourne) and DanceXchange (Birmingham). Funded by Arts Council England and The Peggy Ramsey Foundation. Bryony Kimmings is managed by Avalon and would like to thank her team at Bryony Kimmings Ltd. Created with help from the wonderful donations of people on Kickstarter. Requested programme credits for: Roz Wyllie,Ruth Holdsworth,Helen Ody,Francesca Seeley,Sarah Longfield,Jodie Gibson,Rachael Marshall,Helen Draper,Nika Obydzinski,Sal Culmer,Paul Bogen,Stuart Douglas,Jordana Golbourn,Gina Krone,Rachele Bowley,Jess Brandler,Laura Muldoon,Mark Burborough,Ellie Sikorski,Ruby Carr,Thomas W,Susannah Day,Sam Bennett,David Cahill Roots,Tomos James,Naomi Steward,Jack Gouldbourne,Bridget Symonds,Tracy harris,Clare Reddington,Cassandra Miller,KILN (formerly Kindle Theatre),Ewelina Kolaczek,Gaynor Williams,Jess Flanagan,Elouise Farley,Emma Kerr,Amy Smith,Lee Smith,Nathan Allison,Robert Stanton,Fiona Ryan,Danny Weddup,Lesley Quilty,Anthony Newton,Joanna Griffin,Amy Letman,Jonathan Wakeham,Keren Nicol,Tatton Spiller,Julia Haworth,Amy Saunders,Phoebe Elliott,Rebecca Quinn,Lisa,Maddie Hennessy,Sarah Blanc,Anne Lawson,Gilly Matthews,Ellie Julier,Diana Ware,Adrienne Truscott,Kay Jamieson,Mary Halton,Scott Field,Jo Young,Frehd,Christopher May,Drew Taylor,Jordan McKenzie,Caroline Campbell,Andy Mellor,Cookie Arnone,Paul Mellor,Chris Sonnex,Philippa Barr, Katherine Hollinson,Anita Wadsworth,Philip,Danielle Rose,Jakub Krupa,Mel Scaffold,Camilla Whitehill,Sarah Plasted,Jenny,Clair Korobacz,Cheryl Collins,Mary Jane Hetzlein,Axel,Millie Whelan,Marc McKay,Emily Rich,John Boursnell,Jake Orr,Anais Higgins,Annah Lång,Róise Goan,Lara Hickey,Helena Sherriff,Benjamin Corry Wright Kootbaully,Max Humphries,Valentina Ceschi,Simon Martin,Louise Taylor,MuddyMouth,Joe Robinson,Elouise Farley.