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About Pricks...

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 a cake – a whole bloody cake – if I want to.


This urgent, funny 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.

Pricks is written and performed by Jade Byrne. She has been a professional actor for 15 years and a Type 1 Diabetic for 34 years. She wanted to create Pricks to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and it's differences to Type 2 Diabetes. There are lot of misconceptions, misunderstandings and misdiagnosis surrounding Type 1 and Pricks aims to get rid of the "mis" in these terms.

Pricks had a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, with many sell out shows and toured the UK until June 2022. It received 4 star reviews and got Best Solo Show in the North East in the British Theatre Guide 2018. It is no longer touring but you can watch the entire show on YouTube by clicking the video above.

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