I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won't Die (Plays for Young People)

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I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won't Die (Plays for Young People)

I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won't Die (Plays for Young People)

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Everyone loves Dan and at 16, he has plans, plenty of them – just losing his life isn’t one of them. The upstage screens also projected text message conversations and photographs of Dan throughout which disintegrated into flying sycamore seeds – symbolic of growing goodness from such sadness. Ben Glasstone’s charming, witty account of The Emperor Who Has No Clothes works well for two main reasons. Paul Ibbott - Composer of the underscore for the OYT production This book offers a unique and fulsome guide for teaching/studying this play and includes a detailed scheme of work for teachers using the play as a set text in the GCSE Drama examination.

This book offers a unique and fulsome guide for teaching/studying this play and includes a detailed scheme of work for teachers using the play as a set text in the GCSE Drama examination.

What's more, Wheeller has an active presence on social media, an incredibly well-resourced YouTube channel and, if he can, he'll come into your school (in person or virtually) to work with your students. The solution was a hoodie – both a symbolic prop and item of costume – which enabled different members of the ensemble to take on the role of Dan. His plays are extensively used in the drama curriculum in schools, he has been one of the playwrights recommended in the Edexcel GCSE drama syllabus for many years. There is a range of resources available for anyone working with the play, whether in drama lessons, school, college or youth theatre performances, or studying it for GCSE or BTEC assessments.Each year a group of fifteen or so talented NYT members, aged 18 to 25, are selected by audition to join this company. The true story is enacted from verbatim interviews with Dan’s family and friends, curated by author Mark Wheeller into a one hour play, skilfully directed by Elliot Montgomery, artistic director of Tie It Up Theatre, a company which focuses on theatre in education. encourages students to consider the playwright's intentions, the genre and structure of the play, and the dramatic tools available as they build their own ideas in preparation for the written exam. Wheeller used transcripts from Dan's friends and family covering his life, experiences and the fateful night on which he died. By the end the sight of Dan on video, engaging in horseplay or generally just enjoying life, makes one realise the importance of the message: this was all so unnecessary.

I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won’t Die tells the tragic true story of the death of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs following an MDMA overdose. In this, he appears as a character, interviewing Dan's friends and family in the first act (the second act is more intimate and family-centred, telling the story in reverse). Through the charity that's been set up in Daniel's name, the text has been studied in theatres, schools and theatre groups, both in the UK and internationally and watched (in a variety of contexts) by approximately 16,000 students. Consequently, young people face decisions about drugs without the information and skills they need to live safe, healthy lives. Drama is an incredibly powerful way to communicate important messages to young people, and Mark Wheeller’s play has become a core part of our vision to enable young people to understand the risks, and potential consequences and impact of experimenting with drugs.

I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won't Die is the true story of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, just 16 years old when he died of an MDMA overdose – the title being his final words to his mum. This was first performed in 2016 and since then has chalked up any number of performances in schools and theatres. It would also be interesting to see how different directors would approach it – there are a variety of staging choices that could bring this tragic story to life. Towards the end of the play he performs the final moments between Dan and his girlfriend Jenna (Amy Zoldan) as she relives their final conversation. I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won't Die , was originally commissioned by the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation , the drug education charity.

Although the play revolves around Dan he has no lines and he is imaginatively represented throughout by a blue zip-hoodie that is sometimes worn by the 15-strong cast who play him in turn. The fourth member of the excellent young ensemble, Alex Colley, tends to take the part of Dan, less prominent as Mark interviews the survivors. Told entirely in the words of his family and friends, it explores the decisions that led to his death and the consequences of his loss on his loved ones. Since then, it has been being studied, taught and performed in schools, colleges and community youth theatres across the UK and as far away as Australia, Tasmania and Vancouver.

The play allows Dan’s story to be told by the people who loved him and knew him the best, his family and friends. A GCSE Drama Set Text from September 2022, the book features the origins of the play and a useful scheme of work for teachers. Through this powerful verbatim performance they witness the joyful life and tragic death of Dan Spargo-Mabbs, and see how devastating the loss of a young life is for the family, friends and the wider community. The play starts with video footage from his parents; the on screen texts we read are real, the photographs we see are of a once living boy, who brimmed with potential, his whole life ahead of him. A verbatim play written by Mark Wheeller using the testimonies of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs’ friends and family.

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