Hartlepool drama group’s World War play will highlight diabetes

Phil Swinburne (rear right) with Roaring Mouse Theatre Company members David Miller, Gabriel Langford, Danny Judge, Graeme Booth and Andrew Prince.
Phil Swinburne (rear right) with Roaring Mouse Theatre Company members David Miller, Gabriel Langford, Danny Judge, Graeme Booth and Andrew Prince.

A DRAMA group will step back in time to help deliver important messages about diabetes at an awareness-raising event in Hartlepool this weekend.

The town’s Roaring Mouse drama group for people with learning disabilities, is supporting a national diabetes charity with a specially created performance set in the First World War.

Graeme Booth

Graeme Booth

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) is hosting a Wellness Day for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience for the fourth year in a row on Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm.

It features talks by diabetes specialists, including those based at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, and talks from diabetes patients.

The day will end on a high with a performance of Foot Soldiers by Roaring Mouse, which is based in Cromwell Street.

Director Linda Malcolm said: “The performance is set in the trenches of the First World War.

Phil Swinburne (rear right) with Roaring Mouse Theatre Company members David Miller, Gabriel Langford, Danny Judge, Graeme Booth and Andrew Prince.

Phil Swinburne (rear right) with Roaring Mouse Theatre Company members David Miller, Gabriel Langford, Danny Judge, Graeme Booth and Andrew Prince.

“It was just after the war that insulin was discovered and with it being the 100th anniversary of the war we thought it was a good way thing to do.

“It features a debriefing from a sergeant major character to the troops and also the audience about the signs and symptoms of diabetes.”

Roaring Mouse’s hip hop dance group, Five DC, will also 
give a performance.

The group teamed up with the national diabetes charity as two of Roaring Mouse’s members have diabetes.

David Miller (left) and Gabriel Langford.

David Miller (left) and Gabriel Langford.

Linda added: “I would defy the audience to say which two have diabetes as they are as energetic as the others.

“As long as it is properly managed it doesn’t stop you doing what you want to do.”

Saturday’s event will feature a full programme of talks and an exhibition area with a variety of exhibitors offering advice on diet, lifestyle and the latest diabetes-related products and services.

Among those giving talks will be Dr Susan Jones, consultant physician in diabetes, and specialist diabetes nurse Pamela Stephens from the university Hospital of Hartlepool.

Andrew Prince

Andrew Prince

The day is open to people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as well as parents, friends or carers, or anyone with a general interest in finding out more about the condition including healthcare professionals.

Event co-ordinator Lee Calladine said: “We are looking forward to visiting Hartlepool again and our aim is for people across the North East Region to learn something new, make some friends and to leave at the end of the day invigorated and with an even greater understanding and enthusiasm of how to manage and live life to the full with diabetes.”

A £5 registration fee applies including full access, lunch and parking.