Enjoyably loopy journey through Bryony Kimmings’ past loves
This article is from 2010.
You could probably fit Bryony Kimmings’ inhibitions into a matchbox. Frank, confident, and more than a little bit unhinged, this show is her reaction to the discovery earlier this year that she’d contracted an STI. In a style similar to the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers, the 29-year-old decides to revisit all her past lovers, and assess the drunken sex, broken hearts and infidelities that went on along the way.
Part performance art, part dance and part spoken word, with some livid keytar love songs thrown in for good measure, Kimmings’ ‘wonky DIY’ approach is a pleasure to watch, even if some of the material is occasionally uncomfortably loopy to listen to. Her lo-tech set is sprinkled with feathers, garlands, paper chains and battered suitcases, which she dips into through the show, pulling out a spectacular array of glitter matador trousers, Native American headdresses and see-through crochet frocks. (Prepare for gratuitous flashing of both T and A, which Kimmings is a big fan of.) Original and entertaining, Kimmings might be an idiot, but she does it with plenty charm.
Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, until 30 Aug, 8.20pm, £7.