Celebrating the relationship between Katie, a 15-year-old Type 1 Diabetic girl and ‘Pip’ her 5-year-old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis.

Led by performance making duo Charlotte and Rob alongside participants Katie (Rob’s little sister) and her dog Pip, the performance investigates the pairing between humans and dogs as a vehicle to explore compassion and companionship in the human social condition. On a journey of extreme highs and extreme lows, the cast celebrate freedom and living life to the full despite life’s significant obstacles.

Katie has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 2 and has been in a constant battle to manually keep her blood sugar levels between the range of 4.0 and 9.0. Katie & Pip is a playful performance which raises awareness to Type 1 Diabetes, the use of medical alert dogs and invisible disability.


★★★★ ‘It’s a careful, unsentimental and quietly moving celebration of contingency, of impermanence’ – The Stage

‘This enchanting work explores the loving relationship between a medical dog and her diabetic owner. There’s much humour and warmth here, without any cloying sentimentality. And we learn something, about endurance, about living life to its full and the fact that the adage that one should never work with children and animals is certainly not always true’ – Alice Booth, Creative Producer Lancaster Arts.

Katie & Pip is commissioned by Derelict, supported by Arts Council England and has been developed with Making Room & Lancaster Arts through their artists’ development programme Foot in the Door with Dramaturgical support by Andy Smith.

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