A Suffocating Choking Feeling is a subversive interrogation of truth in the age of social media inspired by Australian wellness influencer and cancer “survivor” Belle Gibson.

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.
None of it is her story... But does this mean it’s not true?

A Suffocating Choking Feeling is a subversive interrogation of truth, inspired by Australian wellness influencer and cancer “survivor” Belle Gibson. Using social media experiments and LIVE performance via Zoom, Simone explores influencer culture and our dangerous obsession with crafting “authentic” versions of our lives.

Creator & Performer  Simone French 

Dramaturgy & Videography Tom Halls  


2020: Melbourne Digital Fringe Festival - Digital Experiment -  Nominated for Best Theatre Award 

2020: Scratch at Cambridge Junction - First Manoeuvres

2019: Scratch at Pleasance London

2019: Scratch for Barrel Organ LIVE

2019: Scratch at Camden People’s Theatre - CRAVE Festival

"The most striking section implicates the audience in the star’s downfall through a live chat Q&A, before twisting to consider charlatanry in the context

of artistic research and funding." ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cameron Woodhead, The Age