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Preview: Pricks on tour

WORLD PREMIERE: A story of type 1 diabetes, injections, caring for each other, and eating a whole bloody cake if you want to.

Jade Byrne in association with Little Mighty presents
Durham Gala Friday 8th June 2018
Newcastle Alphabetti Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th June 2018
Darlington Jabberwocky Market Saturday 23rd June 2018

Written and performed by Jade Byrne
Co-directed by Ruth Johnson & Annie Rigby

Jade Byrne is an actress 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’s not bankrupting the NHS, and she Can Eat Cake. From her own experience and with the support of JDRF, the world’s leading type 1 diabetes research charity, she aims to clear up some of the common misconceptions, misunderstandings and misdiagnoses’ around the disorder. Using spoken word, poetry, projection and an original soundscape, Jade tells her story about families, learning to care for each other better, and the ups and downs of dealing with a lot of pricks.

Jade said, “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. It was the right time for me to make my own show and this is what the show had to be. I work with so many medical professionals who have helped me grow my seed of an idea into this wonderful live performance and all of the 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 platform to spread the message far and wide. Type 1 Diabetes is typically not the Diabetes talked about it in the press, it's totally different to Type 2, but let Pricks tell you all the rest.”

Jade Byrne is an actress who has toured with Northern Stage, Company of Angels and Open Clasp Theatre Company. For TV her roles include Casualty (BBC), Inspector George Gently (BBC), The Dumping Ground (CBBC) and Mount Pleasant (Sky Living) She is an Associate of Luxi Ltd and has helped deliver Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network in Darlington, Jabberwocky Market, for 4 years. She is Jabberwocky Markets Artist in Residence this season.

LittleMighty is an independent producer based in Leeds that works nationally with remarkable artists to make brilliant theatre happen. Their previous work includes Silent Uproar’s multi-award winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad); Unfolding Theatre’s Lands of Glass and Putting the Band Back Together (Journal Culture Awards: Best Performance); and Testament’s WOKE (co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Exchange Manchester, The Roundhouse and Camden People’s Theatre).

On The Web:
Instagram @pricksplay
Facebook @pricksplay


Cast & Creatives

Written and performed by Jade Byrne            
Co-directed by Ruth Johnson and Annie Rigby
Set design by Alison Ashton                     
Sound design by Nick John Williams
Movement Director Catherine Muckle             
Stage manager and lighting design by Tory Copeland
Produced by Dick Bonham for LittleMighty

8 June  Gala Theatre, Durham - 7pm Pay what you decide

13 – 14 June Alphabetti Theatre - 7:30pm Pay what you decide

23 June Jabberwocky Market, Darlington - 4:30pm Pay what you decide

Development supported by Gala Theatre Durham, Jabberwocky Market and Alphabetti Theatre. Supported by JDRF, the world's leading type 1 diabetes research charity

Edinburgh Festival:
The Cellar, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ (Venue 33)
1 – 27 Aug (not 8, 15 & 22), 15.40 (17:00) Previews 1 – 3 Aug
Previews 1 – 3 Aug: £6.50
4 – 27: £11 - £8.50 | 0131 650 4199

Running Time: 1hr
Suitable for ages 12+

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