Not I by Samuel Beckett

Touretteshero and Battersea Arts Centre Co-Production


Founded in 2010, multi-award-winning company Touretteshero shares the creativity of Tourettes Syndrome with the widest possible audience. Co-founder Jess Thom, who has Tourettes - a neurological condition that means she makes movements and noises she can’t control (called tics) - is a powerful and persuasive campaigner for greater inclusion in museums, galleries and theatres alike. Offering training and workshops to complement its creative work, Touretteshero is on a mission is to change the world, one tic at a time.

Following the critically acclaimed Backstage in Biscuit Land, Thom takes on Samuel Beckett’s challenging monologue Not I in a theatrical experience in four parts: a warm welcome to the space, a 12 minute performance, a short documentary film and a discussion with the audience. The experience explores neurodiversity and asks who is allowed to perform what and who gets the final say. It is the first time that someone with Tourettes is performing the playwright’s texts, with the support of The Beckett Estate.

The goal is to make the production as accessible as possible with Thom joined on stage by Charmaine Wombwell, a talented and experienced sign language performer and interpreter. All performances are ‘relaxed’ - offering a warm welcome to people who find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre behaviour, and taking a laid-back approach to noises or movement coming from the audience.

In the press

‘Makes you look at the world in a different way. Remarkable.’
The Independent (on Backstage in Biscuit Land)

'Unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Fearless and essential'
Broadway Baby (on Backstage in Biscuit Land)

Production details

  • Writer

    Samuel Beckett
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    This show is best suited to flexible spaces with no rake, with audiences seated in relaxed set up on the flat. Our playing and audience space in the Edinburgh Fringe is 10m x 16m wide
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Aerial/Trapeze, Interactivity, Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance Courtyard (The Grand)
  • Production dates

    22-26 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Rosie Scudder
    Senior Producer, Touring

    +44 (0)2073 268262
    +44 (0)7814 329842



Touretteshero has extensive experience of delivering a wide variety of supplementary activities. Details of what can be offered in addition to the presentation of Not I available upon request.

  • Post Show Discussions and Touch Tours
  • Talks and Q&A sessions relating to Not I and its themes are available
  • Panel discussions on a broad range of topics
  • Talks and Lectures
  • Disability Equality and Relaxed Performance Training
  • Organisational training
  • Education, Workshops and Events
  • Plan and deliver large and small-scale participatory events for diverse audiences