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News: Bryony Kimmings – ‘Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model’

Live artist Bryony Kimmings has never been afraid to open her private world up to the public. Gaining notoriety in 2010 with the highly personal Sex Idiot (an exposé of her own sexual history after discovering she had contracted an STI) and following it up with 2011′s 7 Day Drunk, which explored the impact of alcohol on her creativity, the comedienne isn’t afraid to air her own dirty laundry in the pursuit of exploring ‘the untouchable’. Yesterday, Kimmings launched her latest project - Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model - which is less autobiographical, yet no less personal.

An unlikely collaboration with her 9-year-old niece Taylor, the piece sees Kimmings transform herself into Catherine Bennett; an alternative new breed of role model for children that hits back at today’s mainstream culture of sexualisation, objectification and incessant media marketing. The dinosaur-loving, bike-riding, tuna-pasta-eating character attempts to infiltrate the pop sphere with songs about ‘animals, friendship and treating your family nicely’, rather than ‘dancing, boys and love’. With an online presence spanning all the main social media channels, the offbeat character attempts to pursue fame as a project, ticking various career boxes such as achieving 1 million YouTube hits and appearing on the Ellen Show.

The social experiment is commissioned by Junction and Contact Theatre, and backed by a number of prestigious theatres including Soho Theatre and Southbank Centre. It hopes to ‘make the world a nicer, more imaginative, celebratory and surprising place’ for future generations by giving them a positive, inspirational role model. It’s about damn time.

- Ally Russell

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