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.

★★★★★ “Her extraordinary new show raises the bar considerably; it’s the best thing she’s ever done ... Kimmings is the greatest show-woman in town.” The Scotsman
★★★★★ “I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is a remarkable testament to resilience. Steeped in honesty and made with impeccable skill, this is a glorious piece of theatre that demands to be seen.” The List, Edinburgh Festival
“The word-of-mouth, you-must-see-this, beg-a-ticket show. Performance artist Kimmings turns a terrible year – postnatal depression, relationship breakdown, desperately ill child – into a magical feminist musical.” The Guardian

Post-show Q&A: A Q&A with Bryony Kimmings and special guests will take place immediately following the performance on Friday, 20 September 2019.


    Recommended for those aged 14 years and older.


    I’m A Phoenix, Bitch contains emotive content, strong language, sexual references, flashing lights and haze effects.

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

Pricing Guide

Admission ALL TICKETS $42

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Q&A Panellists

  • Julie King

    Julie King has worked with children, adolescents and their parents in both the public and private sector for over 35 years. An opportunity to work therapeutically with infants and their parents transitioning to parenthood began when she was part of a specialist infant-parent home visiting team 16 years ago.

    Julie is experienced in trauma work with all ages, including birth trauma as well as medical and other trauma in infants. Her experience with infants and children’s early development informs her work with parents who may have suffered trauma or other difficulties originating in childhood.

    As a Senior Psychologist, Julie is also experienced in assisting all family members adapt to the varied challenges of caring for a new baby, while nurturing attachment and family relationships.

  • Dr Julie Robson

    Julie Robson is an artist, arts worker and academic. She has worked in numerous music and theatre ensembles, and was a co-founder of the women in performance network Magdalena Australia. Following her doctoral studies on the sirens and female vocality, Julie coordinated the Contemporary Performance program at Edith Cowan University and undertook postdoctoral research on innovation and arts learning. She served as a board member for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and has advised on a range of industry assessment panels. Julie currently works with Flying Arts Alliance, fostering the professional development program for visual artists and educators across Queensland. She is also co-director of the feminist performance company Ladyfinger.

  • Dr Margi Brown Ash

    Margi is a theatre maker, performer, therapist, researcher, facilitator, theatre director and writer. She founded 4change coaching in 2003, her own creative arts studio where she conducts sessions with artists and community workers adjusting to life/work/creative transitions. She is also a researcher and writer, focusing on artists’ healthy practices. As a director and performer, Margi has worked with most of Brisbane’s theatre companies including Queensland Theatre, La Boite, Zen Zen Zo, Danger Ensemble, Dead Puppets Society, Frank Theatre, Grin and Tonic, and The Good Room. She recently created a trilogy of plays about belonging, home and connection, titled The Belonging Trilogy comprised of HOME, EVE and He Dreamed a Train, the works have enjoyed seasons at La Boite, Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts and The Blue Room, Perth.

The Post-show Q&A will take place immediately following the performance on Friday, 20 September 2019.


"Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride via pop video, horror movie, art installation and therapy session ... a double inspiration and a testimony both to human resilience and the healing properties of art. " By The Guardian