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TomYumSim (Simone French and Tom Halls) are an experimental performance duo known for provocative participatory theatre and challenging conventional notions of performance art. 

  • Recent credits include: Rebels of Extinction (Manchester International Festival), Trapped in the Museum (People’s History Museum, Manchester); String Lines (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Salon (Cambridge Junction), Rage Face (The Yard Theatre, London) & Nothing Special (Camden People’s Theatre, London).


Creator & Performer  
Simone French 
Direction & Videography
Tom Halls  

2022: Get On The Internet Festival Residency

2021: Camden People's Theatre Work In Progress 

2021: Edinburgh Fringe - Pleasance Theatre - Digital live on Zoom

2020: Melbourne Digital Fringe Festival - Live on Zoom  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 CRAVE Festival (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

Audio Recording for Futures Festival Application:

A Suffocating Choking Feeling is a subversive interrogation of truth in the age of social media inspired by Instagram’s most infamous wellness influencer and cancer “survivor” Belle Gibson (as seen on BBC’s ‘Bad Influencer’).

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 her career and her cancer journey.
But what makes them believe it’s all true?

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…

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