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Touretteshero. Photograph by Sam Robinson

Touretteshero. Photograph by Sam Robinson

Touretteshero

Theatre | 2014 R&D

Unlimited supported the development of artist Jessica Thom’s first solo show Backstage in Biscuit Land. Living with Tourettes Syndrome, a condition that makes her say ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day and inspired her to co-found Touretteshero in 2010, Jessica worked with puppeteer Jess Mabel Jones, and Touretteshero co-founder Matthew Pountney to develop a show that incorporates stand-up, story telling, singing, swearing, games, and a lot of tics.

Founded in 2010, Touretteshero’s mission is to change the world one tic at a time. The company celebrates the humour and creativity of Tourettes and shares it with the widest audience possible to raise awareness and bring about social change. Jess Thom who was diagnosed with Tourettes in 2006 trained as a visual artist and photographer but has moved into the performing arts since starting Touretteshero. Jess has worked with a wide range of performers, writers, artists, illustrators and academics including Stephen Fry, Nina Conti, Mark Thomas, Jim’ll Paint It, Professor Joseph Hyde and Francesca Martinez.

Flexible theatre performance for small and medium venues. Available for touring now.

 

Useful links

Touretteshero website | Touretteshero blog | Touretteshero Youtube channel

 

Producer contact 

Jolie Booth, producer@touretteshero.com

 

Press quotes

‘Genuinely makes you think about spontaneity, imagination and the creative process.’
★★★★ Exeunt

‘Thom is a delight to watch in this unexpected, inspiring glimpse into her weird and wonderful world.’
★★★★ List

‘Extraordinarily entertaining…An adventure in every way.’
★★★★ Guardian

‘Like the best comedy, it makes you look at the world in a different way. Remarkable.’
Independent

 

Previous events include

7 Sept, 2014 – Southbank Centre, London

22 Feb, 2015 – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

27 Apr – 02 May, 2015 – Rad Art Festival, Norway

5 May, 2015 – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

7 & 8 May, 2015 – Brighton Dome

24-30 Aug, 2015 – Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

22-26 Sept, 2015 – Barbican, London

29 Sept – 3 Oct, 2015 – Soho Theatre, London

9 & 10 March, 2016 – Nottingham Playhouse

11 & 12 March, 2016 – Hull Festival

15 March, 2016 – Farnham Maltings

16 & 17 March, 2016 – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

19 & 20 March, 2016 – Jabberwocky Market Festival, Darlington

22 March, 2016 – Quarry Theatre, Bedford

23 March, 2016 – The Mill, Banbury

24 March, 2016 – Chipping Norton Theatre

26 March, 2016 – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

30 March, 2016 – Hertford Theatre

31 March, 2016 – Thameside Theatre, Grays

1 April, 2016 – Colchester Arts Centre

2 April, 2016 – Norwich Playhouse

5 April, 2016 – Old Fire Station, Oxford

6 April, 2016 – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

7 April, 2016 – The Spring, Havant

8 April, 2016 – Cornerstone, Didcot

9 April, 2016 – South Street, Reading

10 April, 2016 – Torbay, Collaborative Touring Network

12 April, 2016 – Cambridge Junction

13 April, 2016 – Dorchester

14 April, 2016 – The Point, Eastleigh

15 & 16 April, 2016 – Arts Depot, London

19 April, 2016 – Harlow Playhouse

22 & 23 April, 2016 – Gloucester, Collaborative Touring Network

29 & 30 April, 2016 – Thanet, Collaborative Touring Network

7 & 8 May, 2016 – Great Yarmouth, Collaborative Touring Network

19 & 20 May, 2016 – BRIC Arts Media, New York, U.S.

25-28 May, 2016 – Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

2-5 June, 2016 – Southside Theater, San Francisco, U.S.

8 & 9 June, 2016 – Skirball Cultural Centre, Los Angeles, U.S.

Upcoming events

30 January – 1 February – PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada

5 – 6 March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

24 – 26 March – Tate Modern, London