Pricks by Jade Byrne
Thursday 14th June, 2018
I wasn't sure what to expect from this play, all I knew was its core subject was diabetes type one. None of that 'type two reversible with a balanced diet' nonsense, this was the real deal. Jade starts at the very beginning when she contracted a virus that caused her diabetes at just age 4. She acts out various incidents between then and now which were affected by her diabetes, all acted with help from her Dennis the menace doll.
The story telling flows and is impressively acted. This show is very informative and covers many misconceptions people make about type one diabetes, such as it bankrupting the NHS, or it being a sexually transmitted disease. It's heartfelt throughout and also explores other people's stories involved with type one as well as her own. There's a semi immersive aspect to the show which comes in at the end (you’ll have to catch the show to experience that).
The show clocks in just shy of an hour and can be seen in Darlington at Jabberwocky Market Sat 23 4.30pm. Also at Pleasance Courtyard at 2:15 throughout the Edinburgh Fringe in August
Frank Cromartie Murphy