Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model
- Miles Fielder
- 21 August 2013
Bryony Kimmings and her neice Taylor set out to create worthwhile popstar Catherine Bennett
Self-professed self-obsessed performance artist Bryony Kimmings set herself a tricky task when, while looking after her nine-year-old niece, she decided to design a show around her. Actually, what Kimmings and her niece, Taylor, did was create a performance project, based around a fictional good role model for tweenies, a palaeontologist / popstar named Catherine Bennett. This is the story of how and why they did what they did.
Performed by both Kimmings and Taylor, the show revolves around several dance routines, a few songs, numerous costume changes and a minimum of chat in between. It’s a show devised to engage the imagination and capture the essence of a nine-year-old. There’s also enough adult content (some of it screened from the young performer) to make the show unsuitable for tweenies. As a consequence, it falls between two audiences; it’s not entirely obvious who it’s aimed at, although it’s clear Kimmings made it for herself and her niece. Self-indulgent in a way, then, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing given the piece is also extremely heartfelt.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 5.45pm, £10–£13 (£8.50–£11.50).