We are TomYumSim- Tom Halls and Simone French (Tom + Sim) - an innovative & experimental theatre company.
We challenge conventional notions of theatre to rebel against the mainstream. We create and collaborate with a variety of amazing creatives who are our "YUM".
Originally from Australia, we aim to interrogate interactive & immersive performance. Embracing our queer sensibility, neurodivergency and DIY methodology we make performance that is interdisciplinary and incorporates technology, music, film. We put our audience and their experience at the centre of our work through by inviting them to participate in our performances.
Over the past 3 years our work has expanded, exploring various ways to integrate digital with live performance via live-streaming, phones, Zoom & Youtube.
We have presented work across the UK and Australia; including Manchester International Festival, Cambridge Junction, Manchester Pride, Theatre Deli, Royal Exchange Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, People's History Museum, The Yard, Word of Warning, Contact, People's History Museum, Melbourne Fringe, Perth Fringe, Butterfly Club, La Mama Theatre and Fed Square.
Tighten your buttocks, pour juice on your chin, I promise my piggy, we’re TomYumSim.
"Not shying away from the provocative"- The Guardian
"TomYumSim walk the fine line between madness and truth" - The Plus Ones
"Absurd, brilliant, and entertaining" - TheatrePress ★★★★
THE TEAM, BOARD & SECRETARIAL STAFF
Emphasizing strong female voices, Simone French is co-artistic director of TomYumSim. An unconventional theatre-maker, performer, singer and arts facilitator hailing from Naarm (Melbourne) and creating work across the UK and Australia. She creates provocative participatory theatre that satirizes pop-culture and interweaves song and technology into these live and digital experiences.
Tom is a Manchester/Scottish/Australian performance artist, writer and co-artistic director of TomYumSim. He brings a queer genderf*ck aesthetic to his performative work, seeking to disrupt mainstream narrative. Focussing on queer experience, Tom’s practice centres on creating pieces that challenge and test audience engagement in unorthodox live or digital spaces. Tom is an absolute wizz at videography and creates all the video content for TomYumSim.