I’ve had over 70,000 pricks… Of the medical kind.

This is my chance to set the record straight about Type 1 diabetics like me. Despite what people say, I’m not bankrupting the NHS. And I can eat cake – a whole bloody cake – if I want to.

This urgent, funny new show blends warmly engaging storytelling with poetry and an original soundscape. It tells a surprisingly moving and uplifting story about families and learning to care for each other better.

Join me as I learn to cope with the ups and downs of dealing with a lot of pricks.

Suitable for ages 12+

Jade Byrne is a theatre maker with type 1 diabetes, which is not type 2 diabetes. Over the past 29 years, she’s had over 70,000 pricks (of the medical kind), and she’d like to set the record straight. She does so with a performance that is warm, funny, big-hearted and inspiring. As well as being incredibly informative, the show widens its scope to become a moving reflection on how experiencing illness can impact our loved ones and the importance of learning to care for each other better when the going gets tough.

Jade says about the show:

“Being a Type 1 Diabetic for almost 29 years I’ve come across a lot of misconceptions, misunderstandings and people who have been misdiagnosed and my aim is for Pricks to remove the ‘mis’ in these terms.

I worked with so many medical professionals who have helped me grow my seed of an idea into this wonderful live performance. There’s also lots of other frustrated Type 1’s, like me, who I’ve met along the way have totally inspired me. I’m just so grateful I now have the opportunity to take my first show out on tour and tell people about it.”

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Raising money for JDRF, the type 1 Diabetes charity

“A revelatory piece of theatre”

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