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This truly engaging, often joyous hour is a reminder that unpredictability can be a real spur for creativity.
– The Guardian
Jess is a true hero, with or without her Touretteshero costume. Jess fuck biscuit Thom, I biscuit fuck fuck biscuit salute biscuit you.
– Stephen Fry
Like the best comedy, it makes you look at the world in a different way. Remarkable.
– The Independent
If Monty Python ran disability awareness training with a feminist twist, this would be it.
– Disability Arts Online
Combining storytelling, comedy and puppetry, Backstage in Biscuit Land offers an intimate glimpse into Jess Thom’s unique perspective as an artist and woman with Tourette Syndrome. As a result of her tics, Thom says “biscuit” 16,000 times a day.
Thom loved the theatre as a child, but the intensity of her tics made it increasingly difficult to attend, a situation that culminated three years ago when she was asked to sit in isolation during a performance. Instead of never returning to the theatre, Thom found the only seat in the house she wouldn’t be asked to leave: the stage. Playful, spontaneous and laugh-out-loud funny, Backstage in Biscuit Land is a case in point that making theatre inclusive makes it better.
Merchandise from the artist will be available for purchase at this performance.
Writer, artist and activist Jess Thom co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 to celebrate the creativity and humour of Tourette Syndrome. She has performed at Glastonbury, given a TEDx Talk at the Royal Albert Hall and co-curated events with Tate Britain. She regularly works for Channel 4 and has appeared on Stephen Fry’s BBC TV series Planet Word.
Thom has had tics since she was a child but wasn’t diagnosed with Tourette Snydrome until she was in her twenties. With some encouragement from her friends, Thom decided to turn her tics into a source of imaginative creativity and the Touretteshero project was born.
Touretteshero aims to celebrate and share the creativity and humour of Tourette Syndrome in an accessible way, with the widest possible audience. The organization has four main objectives:
Join World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, for a pre-show discussion on opening night. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.
Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.