Writer: Bryony Kimmings &Tim Grayburn
Director: Bryony Kimmings
Reviewer: John Roberts
I hide no shame in admitting, that for two years running Bryony Kimmings has brought me to tears, last year it was the loss of innocence with Credible Likeable Superstar rôle Model with her nine year old niece Taylor – this year she brings me to tears with a very different show on clinical depression within men, alongside her fiancé Tim Grayburn who is a long term sufferer.
Combining her trademark style of self-awareness and self-deprecating comedy with an openness to challenge, wrestle and split open social stigma Kimmings juxtaposes brilliantly alongside Grayburn’s slightly stiffer on stage persona – it’s clear that even through this press performance Grayburn is dealing with anxiety at every single step of the way – there is a real sense that this is just as powerful and just as profound for the pair as it is for the audience watching.
It all sounds grim, but much like Caroline Horton’s production of Mess that premiered at this theatre several years ago, it’s also witty, delightfully playful (songs and dances) and undeniably charming (real love and passion) and one can only hope that men (and I include myself in this) who suffer from bouts of depression find a partner that is so understanding, and supportive as Bryony is for Tim. It’s an honor to share in just a small part of their love and life and although we don’t know how this love story will progress (although we do know a son is on the way,) what we are sure of is that this production is going to change lives.
Fake It ‘Til You Make It – is raw, honest, funny, it’s heartbreaking and makes you angry in equal measure… but more importantly it has real power, a power that opens the conversation on this all too important yet often not talked about subject matter.
Runs until 30th August 2015 | Photo: Richard Davenport