Performance artist Bryony Kimmings makes us feel better about ourselves. In her first work, ‘Sex Idiot’, she took us on an achingly funny journey through her past lovers to find out where she contracted Chlamydia. In her second show, ‘7 Day Drunk’, she interrogated the boundaries between substance abuse and art… by getting chronically wasted for a week. Now, in her latest performance ‘Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model’ at the Soho Theatre (until Oct 26), Kimmings tackles the lack of attainable role models for kids by creating one of her own – the tuna pasta munching pop star-come-palaeontologist Catherine Bennett.
Born out of Kimmings’ frustration with the internet and its obsession with sex, violence, and crap celebrities, the wholesome Catherine Bennett – our ‘Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model’ – provides a bold solution to the fact that most children would rather be ‘famous’ than ‘kind’. How do we know this? Because Kimmings’ nine year-old niece Taylor is on hand to prove it, starring alongside her Aunty Bryony in Katie Perry dance routines, heart-on-sleeve confessions, and high-octane audience sing-a-longs. From the adorable innocence of Taylor’s monologues, to Kimmings’ deviant humour, ‘Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model’ is hilarious in a ‘can’t tell if I’m laughing or crying’ way throughout. Amelia Abraham
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