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A live DJ set interspersed with personal experiences of a lifetime spent managing type 1 diabetes.

Through a blend of anthems that capture the experience of Type 1 Diabetes, from Leona Lewis’ Bleeding Love to The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams, performer Paul O’Donnell interweaves popular music tracks, recorded interviews and personal experience in his new rave/show. DJing throughout, Paul makes a party out of his own experience of living with the condition since aged two, whilst mixing in recorded conversations with his father and cousin, both who have type 1 diabetes, as well as his mother and his sister. 

Dia-Beat-Es is an honest account of how in the UK 400,000 residents with type 1 diabetes battle to keep their bodies pumpin’, without the possibility of ever pressing pause. With Dia-Beat-es Paul hopes to cross-fade between motivating his crowd and managing his insulin levels in this mega-mix of sweet, sweet music dedicated to the carb counting druggies (*insulin) like him. 

Join Paul as he drops beats on the past 27 years of his drug-filled life, mixing in the highs and lows of living as a full time diabetic... and part time DJ. 

“A show that bridges comedy and a master class in theatre” ★★★★★ The List (on We’ve got Each Other)


14 Mar                          The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

15 Mar                          Wesley Centre/Harrogate Theatre

29 Mar – 1 Apr              London/Camden People’s Theatre

Running Time: 60 mins + 45 mins DJ set | Suitable for ages 12+

Further Information: Paul O'Donnell (