22 March 2016
The national premiere of Mark Wheeller play’s about Dan, ‘I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won't Die’, is coming very soon now, on 29 March. A VIP audience will see Oasis Youth Theatre perform our play at the BRIT school in south London, just a mile from Dan’s home. We hope they will be stunned and moved as powerfully as audiences were at preview performances in Southampton earlier this month.
As well as Dan's friends and family, and teachers from his school, the guests will include senior figures from police, health, drama, education, other related national and local charities, and school heads of drama and PSHE.
Amongst the guests will be Margaret Mizen, whose own telling of her son Jimmy’s murder, which Fiona heard some years ago, is part of the story behind the title of the play, Dan’s last words to his mum before he left home for the last time. Also there will be Maureen Dunbar, whose book about her daughter Catherine’s struggle with anorexia, which sadly ended in her death, was turned into a play by Mark Wheeller, ‘Hard to Swallow’. This will become a set text for GCSE drama later this year.
After the performance there will be Q&A with Mark Wheeller, Tim and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, the cast of Oasis Youth Theatre, and Dan's friends who have contributed their testimony to the play. Rev Steve Chalke MBE will make a closing address.
(Photos by Chris Webb)