A Tale from Paradise Heights: Diane's Deli

Saturday 22 July 2023, 19:30 PM



Saturday, 22 July 2023



Diane's Deli

Pavilion Theatre | Whitby Pavilion

DIANE'S DELI: A Tale from Paradise Heights

Written & Directed by Joe O'Byrne

Sean Ginty is a café owner in Paradise Heights. A quiet and unassuming man who wears a watch that stopped over twenty five years ago. He’s a father figure to both his staff; literary student Jake, and Gabrielle, an artist and scarred survivor of a horrific fire that left her orphaned some years ago. It’s a quiet but somewhat idyllic existence. DS Mackey, from the local police, is a burnt out and bitter man with an eye for opportunity and the other eye on Sean; he is more than curious about his past.

When a woman turns up in the café late one night, a chain of events is set in motion that will have devastating effects on all their lives...


Diane's Deli, the latest play in the Paradise Height series by the mighty Joe O'Byrne; a noirish tale of very bad men seeking belated redemption, filled with his customary dark wit, salty dialogue and bruised, desperate romanticism. Yep, you should all get off your arses and go see it before it's too late.

Steve Balshaw, Grimmfest

...balancing moments of human drama with acts of shocking violence, Diane’s Deli is remarkably gripping and refuses to let you go...O’Byrne’s writing is strong, lyrical and bold, with a nuanced performance of restrained anger to match. Brutally emotional and slickly crafted. Diane's Deli is a thoroughly recommended excursion into the dangerously real world of Paradise Heights.

The Fiction Stoker

Powerful performances tonight in Diane's Deli

Chris Honer, Artistic Director, Manchester Library Theatre

O'Byrne writes excellent dialogue, there is some fine acting in the play.

David Cunningham, Whatsonstage.com

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Price: £15, £12 (Friends of Whitby Pavilion) - plus booking fees.

Doors: 30 minutes before film time | Start: 7.30pm

Venue: Whitby Pavilion Theatre