Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

I'm A Phoenix, Bitch


18 - 21 Sept | QPAC - Playhouse


Bryony Kimmings (UK)

"★★★★★ - Kimmings is the greatest show-woman in town." THE SCOTSMAN
"★★★★★ - The word-of-mouth, you-must-see-this, beg-a-ticket show... a magical feminist musical." THE GUARDIAN
"★★★★★ - Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride via pop video, horror movie, art installation and therapy session... a testimony both to human resilience and the healing properties of art." THE GUARDIAN

One of the UK’s most significant performance-makers, Bryony Kimmings, returns to Brisbane following her sold-out season of Fake it ‘til you Make it (2015).

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is Bryony’s masterpiece about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength. She combines personal stories with epic film and original pop songs, in a powerful, dark and joyous tour de force.

In 2016, Bryony nearly drowned. Postnatal breakdowns, an imploding relationship and an extremely sick child left her sitting beneath the waves hoping she could slowly turn to shell.

Three years later and she is able to deal with life again. Who do we become after trauma? How do we turn pain into power? How do we fly instead of drown?

Tonight, a new legend will be created – an invincible and fearless woman.


This performance contains emotive content, strong language, sexual references, flashing lights and haze effects. Suitable for audiences 14+ years.

Cast & creatives

Writer, performer and co-director Bryony Kimmings

Co-Director Kirsty Housley

Creative Producer Philippa Barr

Art Director David Curtis Ring

Musical Supervisor & Composer Tom Parkinson

Video Projection Will Duke

Sound Designer Lewis Gibson

Lighting Designer Johanne Jensen

Production Manager Helen Mugridge

Technical Stage Manager and Video & Sound Operator Froud

Lighting Operator James Smellie

Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and supported by Latitude Festival. Supported by the British Council, and supported by Arts Council England using public funding. In association with Avalon.


This event concluded in 2019.

Post-show Q&A Fri 20 Sept

Duration : 95 minutes

QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

$53 - $55 + booking fee

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