Biscuit Land - A New Adventure

In exactly one month’s time, Tate Modern in London will open its doors to our latest creative extravaganza Adventures In Biscuit Land.

Get ready to unleash your imagination and immerse yourself in the surreal, inclusive world of Biscuit Land. You can expect creative activities, interactive performances, and engaging talks.

Here’s the full programme for each day and everything else you need to know about coming to join the fun:

When: Friday 24 March for SEN Schools
Saturday 25 March for individuals, families and groups
Sunday 26 March for individuals, families and groups

Where: Level 5, Switch House Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG.

Who: Biscuit Land is for everyone, but we extend a particularly warm invitation to disabled and non-disabled children and young people aged 5–16, especially if you’ve got Tourettes.

How much?
It’s all absolutely free!

Friday 24 March
Our brand new Biscuit Land adventure gets underway on Friday when we welcome students from local SEN schools to take part in a range of specially tailored facilitated activities. If you are a teacher with an interest in this session please get in touch.

Saturday 25 March
The adventure continues on Saturday with more free games and activities. Over the weekend we’re inviting groups of children and young people with and without Tourettes from up and down the country to come and explore and shape Biscuit Land with us. We will also be joined by members of the public who will be lured in by the smell of freshly-cooked biscuits! You can watch it all come to life on our giant Livescribe scroll.

12.00 – 12.30 Doors open and welcome
12.30 – 14.00 Facilitated creative activities + social space
14.00 – 14.30 Tea and cake break
14.30 – 15.30 Mobile performance of Touretteshero’s Backstage in Biscuit Land
15.30 – 18.00 Wind down, installation and goodbyes

Sunday 26 March
There’s still time for one last adventure on our third and final trip to Biscuit Land. Expect more activities and games throughout the day. As with Saturday we’ll be expecting more groups of children and young people with and without Tourettes from up and down the country to come and join us in Biscuit Land.

12.00 – 12.30 Doors open and welcome
12.30 – 14.00 Facilitated creative activities + social space
14.00 – 14.30 Tea and cake break
14.30 – 15.30 Mobile performance of Touretteshero’s Backstage in Biscuit Land
15.30 – 16.00 Wind down, installation and goodbyes

The Activities
Decorate your own delicious biscuits, join us in the garden for flower making and puppetry, challenge a friend to a round of Fingers on Buzzards – our quiz without rules – have your own say in our monologue spotlight, and, blankets at the ready, build a den in the sensory autumnal space.

The Social Space
The Social Space can be found on the same floor in the Southwark Room.

On Saturday Dr Amanda Maxwell from the Tics and Neuro-developmental Movements Service at St Thomas’ Hospital will give a talk on from 12.30.

On Sunday, from 12.30, Dr Tara Murphy will give a talk on Tourettes and associated conditions, with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion.

On both days Yolanda Welch of the Tourettes London Group will discuss her experience of Education Health and Care (EHC) plans. Come and share your experiences from 13.30.

The Performance
Each day we’ll be performing a very special mobile version of Touretteshero’s multi-award-winning show Backstage in Biscuit Land. The show, which explores my life with Tourettes and my belief that making theatre open to everyone makes it better, will be re-worked especially for the space, and for the wide age-range of our audiences. The show will be approximately one hour long and will take place in the main space.

All of our performances are ‘relaxed’. This means if you’d like to tic, shout, or move about, you’re more than welcome. Both the weekend performances will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted.

Access
We want to make sure Biscuit Land is accessible to all. If you have any specific access requirements that you would like to discuss in advance, please do let us know. You can do this by emailing: schoolsandteachers@tate.org.uk.

Adventures in Biscuit Land is a relaxed, multi-sensory event. A roaming BSL interpreter will be available on both Saturday and Sunday and a Social Story for the event is available to download here.

Biscuit Land will be fully wheelchair accessible throughout, and we’ll have priority access to a Changing Places toilet every day. The lifts to level 5 do get busy, so we hope to have one designated for people with mobility impairments or whose impairment might make it harder to wait.

We have a limited number of disabled parking spaces available throughout the event. If you are a blue badge holder and parking is a part of your access requirement, please email schoolsandteachers@tate.org.uk to book your space – remember to tell us which day you’re coming and when you expect to arrive.

Booking
Adventures in Biscuit Land is a free drop-in event but please do book and let us know you’re coming. To do this get in touch call the Bookings Team on 020 7887 8888 (option 3) or email: schoolsandteachers@tate.org.uk. Make sure you let them know which event you are booking for.

Finding Us
You’ll be able to find Biscuit Land in all its glory at Tate Exchange, on level 5, Switch House, Tate Modern. The address is:

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG.

At the lifts on the ground floor, look out for signs to Biscuit Land and a giant cut-out of Touretteshero herself!

Once you’re up on the Tate Exchange floor, look out for our staff and volunteers, all of whom will be wearing special bright Biscuit Land t-shirts. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you can smell the biscuits!

If this is your first Tourettes event and you’re feeling a little nervous, check out this blog post, or videos from our previous events, here and here.

If you have any questions not answered here do get in touch with the Touretteshero Team.

See you in Biscuit Land.

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