Jump to content

A scene from Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage in Biscuit Land

  • Audio Description
  • ISL Interpreted
  • Relaxed Performance

October 5th & 6th 2016
at Dublin Theatre Festival
axis:Ballymun, Dublin 9

“You’ll definitely laugh, you may cry, you’ll probably get a biscuit”
★★★★★ The Public Review

Jess Thom has Tourettes syndrome, a condition that makes her say ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life; one she’s unleashing on the world. This two-woman solo-show weaves comedy, puppetry, singing, and incredible tics to explore spontaneity, creativity, disability, and things you never knew would make you laugh. Jess is neurologically incapable of staying on script, so no two shows can be the same. And that’s when the fun begins.

Jess is one of the 10% of people with Tourettes Syndrome who has swearing tics, so in addition to some adult themes this performance may include the involuntary use of words that some audience members may find offensive. Suitable for ages: 14+

Listen to Jess Thom speaking with Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Programmer at axis: Ballymun about Backstage in Biscuit Land and the importance of presenting high quality arts and disability work on our stages and increasing accessibility for everyone to theatre.

Relaxed performances: Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th October, 8pm
All performances are relaxed, this means that you’re welcome to move around and make noise during the show.

Audio described and ISL interpreted performance: Thursday October 6th, 8pm

Please advise box office of your access requirements.

Co-Created by: Jess Thom, Jess Mabel Jones and Matthew Pountney
Produced by: Matthew Pountney
Supported by Unlimited, Graeae & Battersea Arts Centre
Presented at the Dublin Theatre Festival by Arts & Disability Ireland and Axis Ballymun
Accommodation Partners: Metro Hotel Dublin Airport

Read more about axis:Ballymun

Watch: Jess Thom talking to Niamh Ní Chonchubhair about Backstage at Biscuit Land during Dublin Theatre Festival 2016

Watch this video with audio description

Listen to the full interview

Jess Thom and Jess Mabel Jones performing on stage

Jess Thom and Jess Mabel Jones performing in Backstage for Biscuit Land


Stephen Fry

Jess Mabel Jones and Jess Thom in Backstage in Biscuit Land. Photo credit Jonathan Birch

Jess Mabel Jones and Jess Thom in Backstage in Biscuit Land. Photo credit Jonathan Birch

Return to top of page