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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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 poignant and eminently readable biography of the play is drawn from interviews with Dan’s family, friends and the OYT company. An abridged version has toured to many secondary schools across the country and has been seen by thousands of young people, but we always wanted to share the full version with a theatre audience. Alongside the verbatim testimonies of school pals, girlfriends, teachers and family are the more experimental segments that pull audiences into specific moments. For ‘I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’, Mark used verbatim theatre to take the actual words of Dan’s family and friends, recorded in a series of interviews, which were painstakingly transcribed and then turned into the script of this two-act play.

Predicated partly on Black History Month, Elayne Ogbeta’s muliti-layered play presents Grandad (Marcus Hercules) and his primary school age granddaughter, Abi (Jazmine Wilkinson) in his garden.

This was first performed in 2016 and since then has chalked up any number of performances in schools and theatres. This play, which runs at around 90 minutes with no interval, is a love letter to Daniel Spargo-Mabbs.

We hope it’ll reach its 1,000 th performance even more quickly, as awareness of how very relevant, engaging and impactful it is spreads further.I love you Mum and I promise I won’t die is intended to be performed as two separate one act plays, but I feel it works just as well, if not better, as a two act play. There is one part, never fully explained, but beautifully performed which involves the taking off and putting on of hoodies, cardigans and jackets. Given the time-consuming practical elements of a GCSE syllabus, a text which can be taught efficiently and accessed by all students is a huge bonus and, at under 60 pages, I Love You, Mum is quick both to teach and revise. The verbatim nature of the whole show gives a naturally convincing edge to all the narration and Wheeller balances the different voices perfectly. The moving performances combined with Daniels’ parent’s filmed conversations explaining how they felt about their son and their depth of grief explores in detail the devastating impact and void which is felt by everyone who knew him.

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