New Verbatim Play Performed at Christ’s Hospital Theatre

Stopwatch Theatre Company performed Mark Wheeller’s newest play, the verbatim piece ‘I love you Mum I promise I won’t die’ in the Theatre at Christ’s Hospital on the evening of 14 March. This included a Q&A with the playwright, cast and parents of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs whose life the play is based on and an afternoon performance and workshop for Year 9 pupils.

The words of the title are the last ones spoken by 16 year old Daniel to his mother. One evening in January 2014, Daniel’s parents thought he was going to a friend’s house. He actually attended an illegal rave and later died after taking MDMA.

That fateful evening is told through the words of his school friends and family, divided into two hard-hitting acts in Mark Wheeller’s verbatim play. I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die was commissioned by the charity set up in Daniel’s memory, to raise awareness about the danger of party drugs. It is a fast-paced, tragic, vibrant piece of verbatim theatre.

The performance drew an audience from Christ’s Hospital and further afield, with the Q&A resulting in some insightful questions and answers from the panel.

John Johnson, Director of Drama, felt that the evening “offered theatre at its best, a powerful tool for change and educating both pupils and parents alike.”

All money raised from ticket sales was in aid of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs foundation, more information on the work of the charity can be found at www.dsmfoundation.org.uk

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