Backstage in Biscuit Land provides an honest and heart-warming insight into the life of Jess Thom.
Thom has Tourette’s, a neurological condition which presents itself through verbal and physical tics. She wears special gloves to make sure that when she hits herself, she doesn’t hurt herself, and says ‘biscuit’ hundreds of times every day.
With an inherent focus on making an accessible piece of theatre, we were welcomed into the warmest and most enveloping of hugs possible into Biscuit Land with its Donald Trump baby grows, ducks dressed like pterodactyls, and a portrait of Mother Teresa sitting next to a U-Bend.
We hear of truly unacceptable experiences at London theatres, and the most wonderful at another – where Thom meets her assistant, Chopin (Jess Mabel Jones). The pair give us insights into how Tourette’s works by making us have staring contests, join in expletive laden songs about animals and observing the alternative script for if Thom is simply unable to continue.
Thom does not ask for help, she seeks only understanding and co-operation. The unpredictable nature of the performance makes for exciting and enthralling viewing. We never know what she will say or do next, and what does surface is hilarious.
Backstage in Biscuit Land is eye opening and heart-warming viewing. We are taught about Jess’ life in charming and honest ways which seriously make you consider why you’ve never been to a relaxed performance before. I am glad I got to see this show, which really should be essential viewing for everybody.