What is the project?
Bryony Kimmings is an outrageous and fearless Performance Artist from London. Tim Grayburn is an outrageous and fearless Account Manager at a top advertising firm in London. These two humans happen to be a couple. Six months into their relationship Bryony found out that Tim had severe clinical depression. He hadn’t told anyone for 6 years.
Kimmings is inspired by the taboos of British culture and her works promote the airing of her own laundry to oil conversations on difficult subjects. For her 2015 show she plans to tackle mental health and the stigma's that surround it, particularly when it effects men. She has asked Tim to join her and tell his real story. He kindly agreed!
1 in 4 of us will suffer from mental health issues in our lifetime and 70% of patients in the doctor's queue are there for mental health reasons. It is estimated that over half of male depression goes undiagnosed, yet 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 deal with it when it arises?
Bryony often creates work with non-artists. In 2013 she asked her 9-year-old niece to invent a feminist alternative pop star for children. They came up with Catherine Bennett who was played on Radio1, written about in every newspaper in the UK and aired on the TV across the globe. When Bryony creates something it is all encompassing and real world! It always seeks to change things.
This summer, Bryony and Tim secretly began writing together. Carving out their story. They showed some early material at Forest Fringe in Edinburgh and people responded really well. There was laughter and lots of tears. So they decided to REALLY GO FOR IT!
The duo are looking for support to create the full length performance work, talks programme and a daily blog; all of which will promote a more open dialogue about mental health and men.
This is Tim’s first ever foray into art, and this is proving an exciting and wonderful thing to witness onstage. Tim took the leap and left his office job this autumn. Tim and Bryony aim to make an accessible, funny AND honest show about a subject that unites us all.
Who else is backing it?
Fake It Til You Make It has been commissioned by the Southbank Centre, Birmingham DanceXchange, Theatre Works Melbourne AND funded in part by the Arts Council and Peggy Ramsey Foundation... EVEN SO this means the duo are only some of the way to reaching their goal!
The pair has also enlisted the support of a team of experts, activists and mental health professionals to help them on their journey. They set up a survey monkey to gather anonymous personal experiences and stories from people who have experienced clinical depression - you can continue to add to these stories by clicking here.
The pair have also tried to keep their families as involved with the making of the work as possible as this is a big deal for everyone involved!
Why we need your support ...
From these donations the following can happen:
- £1000 will pay for the costumes the artists will wear on their backs
- £500 will pay for the lighting that lights their faces
- £2000 will pay for the flights that will take them to Australia to spark the debate there
- £700 will pay for the backend design for the blog that they will write daily throughout their adventure
- £650 will allow the pair to speak to the experts they really want to connect with to make the subject matter universal and accurate
- £700 will pay Tim and Bryony to develop a post-show talk and workshop
The rest pays the Kickstarter fees!
Who will see this show!
The show will head to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and beyond in Australia in the spring of 2015.
It will then head to the UK for Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe's for summer 2015.
And then BEYOND throughout 2015 and 2016!!
Investing in this show at this stage allows for 1000's of people to benefit from the work. Over 20,000 people saw Bryony's last show. We hope you love the idea of the work and can help it to happen!! Check out the gifts for chances to really be involved in the production!!
Risks and challenges
The main obstacle that the duo face is ensuring that this project doesn't have a negative effect on Tim's mental health. The duo have enlisted the help of two briliant mental health mentors, together the group will create a positive mental health plan, involving all touring venues.
Bryony's office team are supporting the touring of this work and have great skills and experience of doing so. All gigs are contracted, insurances all in place, all collaboators paid the standard rates and all rights of the artists protected.
All gigs and funding is now confirmed so this project is 100% happening in 2015. With your help we can make this the BEST project possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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