Touretteshero. Photograph by Sam Robinson

Touretteshero – Backstage in Biscuit Land

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.

Backstage in Biscuit Land toured to 41 venues across the globe between 2014 and 2017.

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.’



24 - 26 March 2017
Tate Modern, London
5 - 6 March 2017
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
30 January – 1 February 2017
7 & 8 May 2016
Great Yarmouth, Collaborative Touring Network
29 & 30 April 2016
Thanet, Collaborative Touring Network
10 April 2016
Torbay, Collaborative Touring Network
31 March 2016
Thameside Theatre, Grays
11 & 12 March 2016
Hull Festival
24-30 Aug 2015
Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
7 & 8 May 2015