Theatre, film
Burnt Out In Biscuit Land By Touretteshero

6th and 7th July 2023.

Blending film, live performance and conversation, Touretteshero’s funny, surreal and moving show explores resistance and joy in the face of a crisis.

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    06 - 07 Jul

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    Wigan Pier

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    Doors open

Doors: 18:00
Show Starts: 19:00
Show Duration: 90 mins

A show by disabled people about our right to exist.

While the world outside is in chaos, three neurodiverse inhabitants of an apocalyptic bunker are doing their best to survive.

Blending film, live performance and conversation, Touretteshero’s funny, surreal and moving show explores resistance and joy in the face of a crisis.

The follow up to Touretteshero’s smash-hit productions ‘Backstage in Biscuit Land’ and ‘Not I’ by Samuel Beckett, featuring writer, artist, and activist Jess Thom.

Jess Thom on what to expect from the show:

Biscuits! You can expect lots of biscuits and some ridiculously catchy songs. Moments of rage, moments of joy, laughter and connection. Expect to be in a space that celebrates disability culture, neurodiversity and difference.

All performances will be live streamed, so you can experience the show at the venue, or online. You can book tickets for the in person and live streamed shows by clicking the Tickets link on the right hand side of the page.

Filming, photography, and live streaming will be taking place throughout each of these events. Please contact if you have any questions about this.

All performances will be relaxed, captioned in English and will have audio descriptions built-in. There will also be COVID-related access provisions in place.

The event will also include a work-in-progress sharing of Space Chronic-ills (working title) by local artist Ash Cox.

“After being knocked off course and discovering her spacecraft is failing, a seemingly resolute commander and her overbearing Virtual Assistant work together to refocus her mission and challenge their stellar evolution.”

Join Commander Ash Tronomy in the exploration of failure, resistance, disclosure and joy as they attempt to authentically reframe their lived experience of invisible illness and internalised ableism through Sci-Fi.

This 12-minute cabaret-esq work-in-progress sharing shows the early stages of development for this piece, focusing on text, sound and movement.
There will be a feedback form available post-sharing to support further research and development.

Supported by the Collaborative Touring Network, Unlimited and Wigan Old Courts. In association with Touretteshero.

Download the programme for Ash’s show:

Find out more about Ash here.


If you want to discuss access please contact:

Phone: 01942 929 457 (Mon-Weds only, 10am-4pm)

Further access resources are now available below including a Visual Story, Sonic Story, Content Notices, a Relaxed Performance Overview and information on specific Covid related access provisions. Click the links below to download these. A Wigan Pier Visual Story will be available in advance of the show on this website.

Visual Story

Sonic Story

Content Notices

Relaxed Performance Overview

COVID Safety Information

  • All performances will be relaxed.
  • All performances will be captioned in English.
  • All performances will have audio description built in.
  • All performances will be in wheelchair accessible venues.
  • All performances will have COVID related access provisions in place.

All performances will be livestreamed, so you can either experience the show at the venue, or online if you would like to.

Unreserved Seated £12
Unreserved Seated Concession* £8
Wheelchair or mobility aid user £12
Wheelchair or mobility aid user Concession* £8
Unreserved Seated PA/Support Worker Free
Livestream Only £12
Livestream Only Concession* £8

Concessionary rate applicable to Student, Senior Citizen, Universal Credit Recipient, NHS Blue Light.


Cast & Creatives

With performances by Jess Thom, Jess Mabel Jones and Charmaine Wombwell.

Co-directed by Ria Parry and Matthew Pountney.

Co-written by Jess Thom, Matthew Pountney, Ria Parry, Jess Mabel Jones and Charmaine Wombwell.

Designed by Ben Pacey.

Technical stage management by Erik Perera.

Produced by Rosie Scudder.

Supported by public funding through Arts Council England.


Supported by public funding through Arts Council England.

Burnt Out In Biscuit Land was developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme.

Woollen costume pieces handmade by Charmaine Wombwell.

Costume customisation by Mydei Maf.

‘The Pledge’ banner was handmade by Julienne Hanson.

With thanks to Liz Honeybone and the Costume & Textile Team at the National Theatre.

Wigan Pier
  • Promoter: Various times available

  • Performance Time: 7:00pm

  • Age Suitability & Warning: Over 14 with Adult

  • Accessibility: Find out more >

  • Tickets: You should receive your ticket confirmation within 24 hours of booking. Please check your junk and spam folders. If you still haven’t received anything, please call Quaytickets on 0343 208 6015.