★★★★★ "You'll definitely laugh, you may cry, you'll probably get a biscuit"  The Public Review


An entertaining and autobiographical insight into one woman’s experience with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Jess Thom has Tourette's 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 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. 


"Delightful." Stephen Fry
★★★★ "Jess Thom's condition lends her show an absurdist edge Samuel Beckett would be proud of."  The Guardian
★★★★★ "A fantastic production that has been well crafted into an immensely entertaining hour."  Everything Theatre
"An hour of truly cleansing, life-enriching theatre … raucous, unapologetically bawdy and above all, utterly joyous." The Music
"Hugely uplifting and entertaining" Exeunt Magazine

Co-Created by Jess Thom, Jess Mabel Jones and Matthew Pountney
Produced by Matthew Pountney
Supported by Unlimited, Graeae and Battersea Arts Centre

Ensuring the right welcome for all audience members is very important to Touretteshero which is why every performance of Backstage In Biscuit Land is "relaxed". Relaxed performances are performances that offer a warm welcome to people who find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre behaviour. This can include: people with learning disabilities, movement disorders, Autistic Spectrum disorder, other neurological conditions, those with young children or babies and of course, people with Tourette Syndrome.

Relaxed performances take a laid-back approach to noise or movement coming from the audience. They give everyone permission to relax and respond naturally. Many people feel that relaxed performances offer a more dynamic theatrical experience, which benefits everyone.

Find out more about Touretteshero and the relaxed performance movement

All shows AUSLAN interpreted

Post-show Q&A session

Join Touretteshero Jess Thom after the performance of Backstage in Biscuit Land on Thursday 20 October for a post-show Q&A session hosted by Catarina Hebbard from indel-ABILITY Arts, a Brisbane-based company creating work by and with people who identify as having disabilities. 

  • Warning:

    Recommended for ages 14 years old and over. Jess is one of the 10% of people with Tourette's Syndrome who has swearing tics, so this performance may include the involuntary use of words that some audience members may find offensive.

  • Connecting safely at QPAC

    QPAC is operating at 100% capacity. Face masks are a requirement of entry at QPAC and must be worn in foyers and theatres (including during performances). Please bring your own mask with you to the theatre. Find out more

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Pricing Guide

Admission Adult $39 Concession^ $35 Student^^ $18
Groups of 4 Admission $32
Groups 10+ i Admission $30
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Schools Group i Student $18 1 teacher free of charge per 10 students
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^Pensioners, Seniors card holders

^^Full-time Students, with student card


"A celebratory show" By The Stage

"An absolute delight: moving, warm, generous and sparkling with the absurdly hilarious interjections of a woman who has both Tourette syndrome and an extremely Pythonesque sense of humour." By The Guardian

"The show demystifies Tourette's and give audiences a window into what it's like to live with. It's also the wackiest kind of stand-up routine" By The Age