My fair city of Edinburgh is currently in the grip of the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe. For those that don’t know, the city plays host to the world’s largest arts festival. Each August a bewildering number of plays, dance routines, comedy shows, musical extravaganzas, street performances are put on in a warren of tiny, damp, uncomfortable venues scattered around town.
Every year we’re subject to a vast range of performances, ranging from the truly brilliant and inspired to the truly awful and downright bizarre. And not being one to miss out on anything, I thought we could all club together, hire a venue and put on:
Diabetes: The Musical!
It would be brilliant and would chart the daily highs and lows of being diabetic in the modern world through the medium of cheery song and dance. And I’ll think you’ll agree, there’s no better medium for broadcasting information about life-threatening chronic conditions than cheery song and dance.
I expect some of us can carry a tune (though actually being able to sing is probably just an optional extra); I did a bit of theatre lighting and sound at school; and my wife is very handy with a sewing machine and could knock-up colourful costumes. So we’re sorted – all we need now are lyrics.
It’s early days yet, but here are a few rhyming couplets I’ve knocked out so far that could form the basis of some songs:
It’s morning and I’m feeling low
I’ve got a busy day and I hope I don’t hypo
My friends just say I’m just sweet
But without insulin I’m incomplete
It’s true that on the blog we’re sometimes outspoken
But that’s just because our pancreases are broken
Some people think it’s just an affection
But we’re dead without our daily injection
When I was high I used to be a grump
But that’s a thing of the past now I have my pump
So there we have it – further suggestions below in the usual place. I think with only a tiny bit more work we’re only one step away from a sure-fire five-star Festival hit!