Chest Pains

Chest Pains Productions

14+

50 mins

Tent on the Square

Thu at 8:15 p.m.

Fri at 7 p.m.

Sat at 7:20 p.m.

This is a pay-what-you-will-show. There are no tickets but there will be a bucket-collection.

Chest Pains

If you like the idea of a topless Englishman talking about open heart surgery then you'll love Chest Pains. Told with humour and charm, it's funnier than it sounds!

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 increasingly cringe-inducing descriptions of open heart surgery and its repercussions to be hilarious but, in Tom’s deadpan delivery, it is. Now I have had a 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 you may never have 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


I have heart valve issue myself, so this show piqued my interest. I wasn't sure quite 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'd highly recommend it even if you're in perfect health (so you can see what the rest of us have to deal with!)
audience member, Prague Fringe



Chest Pains takes you on a journey of one man's heart problems. It is a reminder of how strong yet fragile the human heart can be.

You're 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 roller coaster 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 the stage, brandishing his trophy scar. Chest Pains is not a show to miss as this charming English man’s story really does leave an emotional scar on you.
Limerick fringe review