Pricks (4 stars)

This article is from 2018


Warm hearted personal show that refuses to flinch

An immersive play detailing a very personal yet informative journey of life with Type 1 diabetes, Pricks is educational, heat-wrenching and heartwarming. Jade Byrne's performance, as she depicts different stages of her life, is engaging and energetic.

The stories of other Type 1 diabetics are slotted within the play, punctuating an expertly crafted soundscape. As there are moments of deep, individual pain, these segments highlight a universal understanding, and it's easy to relate to the themes of the piece: family, relationships, hope and suffering – regardless of background.

The play is filled with stand out moments and maintains an emotional force throughout: the moments of humour and hilarity are delivered with a punch, and the more melancholic episodes, which are sometimes filled with despair, are agonising. Underpinning all this is Jade's deep wish to experience life as 'normal' as she frequently bats off the myths surrounding diabetes.

The stunning crescendo of the piece arrives with Jade's enigmatic commanding presence exploding off the stage. Pricks is a tour-de-force of emotion and a vital piece of a informative theatre. It demands understanding and radiates warmth.

Pleasance Courtyard, until Aug 27, (not 15, 22), 2.15pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).


  • 4 stars

A funny new show blending warmly engaging storytelling with poetry and an original soundscape.