Page extent: 160
ISBN: 9781783199518
Binding: PaperBack

Fake it 'til you Make It

Bryony Kimmings, Tim Grayburn

PaperBack (06 Aug 2015)

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 Edinburgh Fringe First-winner Bryony Kimmings’ new work about clinical depression and men, made in collaboration with her partner Tim, who works in advertising. 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".

The book contains articles by Andy Field (Forest Fringe), The Vacuum Cleaner (activist and performer) and Georgie Harman (CEO of Beyond Blue), covering performance, art and mental health.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781783199518
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 160


'liable to make grown men weep... it's Kimmings' visual flair that elevates it, illustrating the simple tale with a series of memorable, semi-abstract set pieces - quirky dances, cute lo-fi songs, lashings of self-mocking humour and a volume of costume changes that Lady Gaga could get behind - that never obfuscate the message. A chat about something important, and a beautiful piece of theatre too.' Time Out

'Thoroughly researched and very informative, whilst still being utterly gripping throughout...Fake It is a striking, perfectly balanced, and life affirming piece of theatre, profound and funny, with a strong message that is interwoven through the dramaturgy so as never to overwhelm it.' The Psychologist, Reviewed by Jenny Doe, Clinical Psychologist with the NHS

 'Kimmings’s bracingly personal work has in the past included a show about telling her ex-boyfriends she had an STD, and spending seven days drunk in a controlled environment. But Fake It 'Til You Make It feels even more personal, and far more shocking than all of these. It’s also profoundly moving, often ridiculous, and sometimes hilarious...Quite an achievement' The Telegraph

'[An] eccentric, harrowing and important theatre piece about male clinical depression...Kimmings is as skilful 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 

‘Don’t be misled by its bumbling, ditzy qualities. Kimmings knows exactly what she’s doing, and she does it brilliantly in a piece that both celebrates this unconventional love story and sends it up mercilessly, that cleverly entertains even as it reminds that depression, particularly unacknowledged depression, cripples and kills.’- Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘deeply affecting... There is much broad comedy in the hour, but we need it amid the brutal honesty about how mental illness affects sufferers and their loved ones.’ Evening Standard ★★★★★

‘Through song, dance, slapstick, voice-over and a firm finger on the public’s pulse, (Kimmings and Grayburn) serve up something that speaks to all of us. As discussed earlier, theatre according to Kimmings will divide audiences, but there is no denying the impact of theatre-making where the whimsy limns a seriously inspired approach to the craft – and is funny with it.’ The Stage ★★★★★