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Chest Pains @ The Grand Central
Grand Central
Brighton United Kingdom
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Chest Pains @ The Grand Central
In this spoken word/comedy show, Tom Balmont talks about his experiences of open heart surgery and growing up with a heart condition.

After successful shows in Limerick, Prague, Reading and Barnstaple in 2018 Tom is bring the show to Brighton for one night only.  

Chest Pains  Reviews
Chest Pains takes you on a journey of one mans heart problems. It is a reminder of how strong yet fragile the human hear can be. Youre met by a bare chested man highlighting an intriguing scar. Chest pains is funny and shocking and at  times it can be quite the emotional rollercoaster that you almost feel bad for laughing at his misfortunes  which seem to never end. His quick wit mixed in with his style of storytelling is captivating as he stands half naked on stage, brandishing his trophy scar. Chest Pains is not a show to miss as this charming English mans story really does leave an emotional scar on you Limerick Fringe 2018

Tom Balmont was born with what used to be called a bum ticker that is, with a heart abnormality. In his case it was understood that he would eventually require surgery. You would likely not expect an hour of increasing cringe-inducing descriptions of open heart surgery and its repercussions to be hilarious but, in Toms deadpan delivery, it is. Now I have had couple of friends who have had open heart surgery and they have never laughed about it (well, to be fair one of them is dead) but tom wants to share it all with you - every symptom, every intervention, every suture. You will learn a lot of things that you may have never wanted to know but tom will make it well fun. He is a self-deprecatingly hilarious performer and I am sure you will take him to your heart. (Sorry! Could not resist!) Prague Fringe 2018

Best thing Ive seen this year. Brave, vulnerable and honest. Affable and thoroughly engaging throughout. Audience Member Theatrefest 2018

Very informative if considering heart surgery  ALSO, bloody funny  we enjoyed Audience Member Theatrefest 2018

I have a heart issue myself, so this show piqued my interest. I wasnt quite sure what to expect, but it turned out to be equal parts funny, informative and touching. Tom is not afraid to tell it straight and I got a really good feeling for what he went through  and what to expect myself. I was especially grateful that he took the time after the show to chat and answer questions. It was my highlight of the Prague fringe, and I would highly recommend it even if youre in perfect health (so you can see what the rest of us have to deal with!) Audience Member Prague Fringe 2018


Grand Central (View)
29-30 Surrey Street
Brighton BN1 3PA
United Kingdom


Arts > Performance
Comedy > Improv

Minimum Age: 18
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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