Freakishly relatable and perfectly fronted, Bryony Kimmings’ I Am Falling In Love With You And It’s Making Me Do Stupid Things is a, somewhat one sided, lockdown love story that reminds us of our common helplessness when it comes to being desperate.
Kimmings takes us through one night of lockdown loneliness through regular updates as to how she repeatedly appeals to a pre-covid handsome date. The 50 shades of going crazy in isolation really spring to mind. The wit with which she writes is not your laugh a minute approach but catches you with her great sense of humour and characters: A montage of stereotypes is really, well… transformational.
The editing work by Will Duke and Tom Parkinson creates an oddball storyline of turmoil and despair. It’s crazy how many tactics Kimmings employs in one night in attempt to catch the attention of her beau!
I admit it is hard to connect to a piece of work that would make a lot more sense in a live situation where human interaction is essential in creating powerful emotional response but nonetheless it is a valiant effort in giving an alternative to the circumstances. In some aspects it was a production I’d expect so see at the Bunker or The Vault festival with some psychedelic consequences of lockdown creating a very grounded and visceral vibe.
For a 15-minute-long monologue, Kimmings impressively keeps us engaged from start to finish with many a wig and downed drink. The mood swings perfectly reflect how each and every one of us is undoubtedly feeling as we enjoy our Friday nights in and alone but trying to be with friends and loved ones over calls!
Kimmings’ I Am Falling In Love With You And It’s Making Me Do Stupid Things is a light-hearted accolade of comedy desperation and will give you a good moment of relief as schadenfreude kicks into your system!