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Jess Thom on Beckett's Not I, Disbelieved women in fiction, Deep Throat Choir

Jess Thom on why Beckett's Not I speaks to her so strongly as someone with Tourette's. And why are so many thrillers about women who are not believed?

Jess Thom is a founding member of Touretteshero, a theatre company that celebrates the inherent creativity and humour in Tourette's. She is taking on Samuel Beckett's Not I, a rapidly delivered monologue spoken by a character called Mouth. Jess explains why the text captures her own experience of living with Tourette's and her mission to make theatre more accessible.

"Gaslighting" is a term that sprang from Patrick Hamilton's play Gas Light written 80 years ago, in which a husband attempts to convince his wife she is going mad so that she is not believed by others. It's a trope that's picked up in contemporary thrillers such as Girl on A Train and The Woman in The Window. Novelist Stephanie Merritt and writer and critic Lisa Appignanesi discuss its dramatic appeal.

Deep Throat are a thirty-strong all-female choir who blend their voices with percussion to produce a unique sound. The founder Luisa Gerstein and choir member Tanya Auclair discuss how they developed their style and their collaborations.

Presenter: Morgan Quaintance
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes


  • Disbelieved women in fiction

    Duration: 08:40

  • Jess Thom on Beckett's Not I

    Duration: 08:25

  • Deep Throat Choir

    Duration: 09:04

Jess Thom on Beckett's Not I

Jess Thom on Beckett's Not I

Jess Thom (Touretteshero) performs Beckett's Not I at the Battersea Arts Centre, London until 17 March 2018.


Main image above: Jess Thom as Mouth in Beckett's Not I

Image credit: James Lindsay

Image to the left: Jess Thom (Right) and BSL performer Charmaine Wombwell perform Not I

Image credit: James Lindsay

Deep Throat Choir

Deep Throat Choir

Deep Throat Choir is at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 05 March 2018, and with Simian Mobile Disco at the Barbican Hall, London on 04 April 2018.

Simian Mobile Disco have collaborated with Deep Throat Choir on a CD, Murmurations, which is released on 11 May 2018.

Image: Deep Throat Choir


Role Contributor
Presenter Morgan Quaintance
Interviewed Guest Jess Thom
Interviewed Guest Stephanie Merritt
Interviewed Guest Lisa Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest Luisa Gerstein
Interviewed Guest Tanya Auclair
Producer Hannah Robins




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