A Suffocating Choking Feeling

Dates and Times

Thu 2 – Fri 3 December at 7.15pm (60 Mins)

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Ticket information

£8 (work-in-progress)

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Presented by TomYumSim

Living day to day, not knowing if tomorrow will come, Simone Hamilton is overcoming the odds. Rising star, singer and influencer, her followers have witnessed it all. But what makes them believe it’s all true?

A Suffocating Choking Feeling is a subversive interrogation of truth, inspired by Instagram’s most infamous wellness influencer and cancer “survivor” Belle Gibson (as seen on BBC’s ‘Bad Influencer’). Blending live performance with video streaming and interactive social media experiments, Simone explores influencer culture and our dangerous obsession with crafting “authentic” versions of ourselves online. With dark humour, A Suffocating Choking Feeling plays with the boundaries of truth and ethics, testing audiences’ willingness to believe…

Best Contemporary & Experimental Performance – Green Room Awards 2021
Best Theatre Nominee – Melbourne Fringe 2020.

★★★ “A notorious collision between social media and the truth” – The Age
★★★★ “Absurd, brilliant, and entertaining” – TheatrePress
“Not shying away from the provocative” – The Guardian
“TomYumSim walk the fine line between madness and truth” – The Plus Ones

Supported by Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre Deli & Pleasance Theatre.

Creator & Performer: Simone French
Dramaturgy & Videography: Tom Halls


This performance contains references to cancer and terminal illness.


This performance contains strobe lighting and haze.

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About the company

TomYumSim (Tom Halls & Simone French) are an outrageously experimental performance duo, known for provocative participatory theatre and challenging conventional notions of performance art. Recent credits: Rebels of Extinction (Manchester International Festival), Trapped in the Museum (People’s History Museum); String Lines (Co:Lab Festival/Royal Exchange Theatre), Rage Face (The Yard) & Nothing  Special (CPT).

Website: tomyumsim.com | Twitter: @TomYumSim | Instagram: @TomYumSim | Facebook: TomYumSim | Vimeo: vimeo.com/user84756094 | #scf #thrivingnotsurviving


Upcoming Performances

Thu 2 Dec, 2021
7:15 pm
Fri 3 Dec, 2021
7:15 pm