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A new theatrical collaboration between Bryony Kimmings and her partner Tim Grayburn about clinical depression, love and "being a man"
A new theatrical collaboration between Bryony Kimmings and her partner Tim Grayburn about clinical depression, love and "being a man"
A new theatrical collaboration between Bryony Kimmings and her partner Tim Grayburn about clinical depression, love and "being a man"
248 backers pledged £6,889 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

Tim and Bryony at Forest Fringe 2014 sharing
Tim and Bryony at Forest Fringe 2014 sharing

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?

Forest Fringe, August 2014
Forest Fringe, August 2014
 

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.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    PINNED

    To say thank you we will send you a fabulous limited edition #fakeit badge.

    £5 is approx 9AUD.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    IN PRINT

    Your name will be featured in the Fake it til you Make it programme.

    £10 is approx 18AUD.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $20

    BIG UP YOU

    We will thank you in the programme for the show, on Bryony's blog and she will send you a special tweet. Oh and you get a badge too ... big up you.

    £15 is approx 27AUD.

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    AUSSIE LOVE

    Tim and Bryony will send you 3 personalised postcards sending you love from their tour around Australia.

    £25 is approx 45AUD

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    Pledge £50 or more About $66

    SNEAK PEEK

    You will be invited to a sharing of Fake it til you Make it on 23rd January 2015 at 7pm, where there will be a Q&A and an opportunity to personally feedback to Tim and Bryony. You will also get a credit on the DVD!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $131

    ALL MY WORLDLY GOODS

    Bryony and Tim are clearing their house, selling their possessions to make this piece of work. Pledge £100 and you will receive a working, clean item from their marital home, signed. Updates on what these precious items are will be posted on the kickstarter page.

    £100 is approx 179AUD

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    Pledge £250 or more About $329

    VIDEO DIARIES

    The duo will be blogging their time on tour. For the Australia leg they will send you a personalised message from each city they visit via text message.

    £250 is approx 448AUD

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    Pledge £250 or more About $329

    PRIVATE INTERVIEW

    The duo will meet you in any town they are visiting for a coffee and a private Q&A with you, this might be for your study or just for fun.

    £250 is approx 448AUD

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    Pledge £500 or more About $657

    SING ME A SONG

    A personalised song written and performed by Tim and Bryony at your home. Go on, throw a party and have the duo as the entertainment for the night. Any city the duo tour to.

    £500 is approx 897AUD

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,315

    FRONT ROW UK

    You will receive up to 5 tickets to any UK show, dinner with the duo and a signed programme and DVD of the show.

    £1000 is approx 1794AUD

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    FRONT ROW AUSTRALIA

    You will receive up to 5 tickets to any Australia show, dinner with the duo and a signed programme and DVD of the show.

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Funding period

- (30 days)