Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she's not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new leases of life. What's everyone so scared of?

Kimmings is famous for her unique takes on taboo topics—from her sexual health (Sex Idiot) to her boyfriend’s depression (Fake It ’Til You Make It), to her search for positive role models for her teenage niece (Credible, Likeable, Superstar, Role Model).

Complicité, the UK-based theatre company behind Malthouse Theatre’s 2017 hit The Encounter, team up with Kimmings in this funny and moving show about newfound friendships,  mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness, and scars... with songs.

"A POWERFUL PIECE OF CONCEPT ART...A LIFE LESSON WE SHOULD ALL SEE"
— Echo (UK)
"DIFFERENT TO ANY THEATRICAL PRODUCTION YOU HAVE EVER IMAGINED"
— North West End
"A VITAL CONFRONTATION, EXTRAORDINARY"
— The Observer

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Complicité Associates/Bryony Kimmings. Originally a co-production with the National Theatre.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Mark Douet

Partners

WRITTEN BY /

Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel with Kirsty Housley

MUSIC BY /

Tom Parkinson

DIRECTED BY /

Kirsty Housley

CAST /

Eva Alexander, Bryony Kimmings, Gemma Storr, Lottie Vallis, Lara Veitch, Elexi Walker

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Lucy Osborne

CHOREOGRAPHY /

Sarah Blanc

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Marec Joyce

SOUND DESIGN /

Lewis Gibson

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR /

Michael Keyamo

ORIGINAL COSTUME DESIGN /

Christina Cunningham

ORIGINAL LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Anderson

ORIGINAL MUSIC DIRECTOR /

Marc Tritschler

ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY /

Lizzi Gee

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Audio Described

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7.30pm, Wed 7 Mar
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Thu 8 Mar
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 13 Mar
AUDIO DESCRIBED 7.30pm, Fri 16 Mar

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

100 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains strong themes, references to terminal illness, haze, strobe lighting and strong dynamic sound effects.