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Darlington singer, dancer, actress and writer Jade Byrne debuts her first one-woman show in the North East this month before taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Several years ago Jade played the part of Shelly Macefield in an episode of Inspector George Gently, the BBC’s period police drama set in the North East. “It was the most favourite role I’ve every played! I’d play her for the rest of my life! In the audition I made her funny, even though I don’t think she was meant to be.” Jade says. The part was originally intended as two separate characters but after Jade auditioned they were combined into one, the result being Byrne appearing in far more scenes than was originally intended.

Other smaller television parts have included playing a nurse in Mount Pleasant and dying in Casualty. “I got my leg caught in a deer trap! The director was from Newcastle so we immediately got on well!”

Aided by funding from the Seedbed organisation and Arts Council England, Jade will soon be appearing in Pricks, her own one-woman show about Type 1 Diabetes. The title refers to having to inject insulin on a daily basis. “It’s about my life but includes other people’s stories as well. In my life I’ve had over 70,000 pricks. The play follows my journey and the ups and downs of having Type 1.

“I wanted to set the record straight about Type 1 and how it’s completely different to Type 2. Type 1 is a life-long auto-immune condition. You’re born with a gene and if you pick up a virus it attacks your body’s beta cells in your pancreas and you can never produce insulin ever again. Type 2 is typically lifestyle. It’s genetic but it’s lifestyle that brings it on. The show is educational but you won’t realised you’re being educated! It’s entertaining about how family support you and how you can deal with illness if you’ve got the right support.”

Pricks is at Gala Theatre, Durham on Sunday 8th June, Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle from Wednesday 13th-Thursday 14th June and Jabberwocky Market at Liddiard Theatre, Darlington on Saturday 23rd June.

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