From May-June 2016, the British Council supported the North American tour of Backstage in Biscuit Land, a unique glimpse into the life of an artist with Tourette Syndrome.
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 and laugh-out-loud funny, Backstage in Biscuit Land is a case in point that making theatre inclusive makes it better.