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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Rhinegold Publishing Ltd (31 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907447172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907447174
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark Wheeller has a portfolio of award-winning works.
In 2015 his final (and best) verbatim Road Safety play is released. Chequered Flags to Chequered Futures. Be sure to check it out.
In 2013 the much awaited The Story Behind... Too Much Punch For Judy was published. This offers the whole incredible story behind this incredible play (which has now been performed nearly 6000 times. It also has ideas for staging/rehearsing and a brand new opening scene. It is now on sale here on Amazon.
The Drama Club is Mark's most recent book detailing the step by step account of how he made an extra curricular Drama Club very successful.
Graham; World's Fastest Blind Runner, which tells the true life story of one of Mark's best friends won Best Production in different national One-Act Play competitions two years in a row. One Million to STOP THE TRAFFIK, represented England in the British Finals of the One Act Play Competition 2010.
Mark has been commissioned by (amongst others) The Birmingham Rep, (Kill Jill) and the Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke (The Gate Escape). His most recent commission (2014) is to tell the tragic true story of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs who died as a result of taking the MDMA drug.
Together with Rachel, his wife, Mark wrote the stories for Tufty's Adventures and the twelve editions of the Tufty Tales comic (RoSPA 1994).
Plays such as Too Much Punch For Judy, Hard to Swallow, Legal Weapon and Missing Dan Nolan are listed by Edexcel as the most popular texts for study in GCSE Drama exams.
Mark works part-time at Oasis Academy Lord's Hill in Southampton as Executive Director of Arts/Director Oasis Youth Theatre and has 35 years teaching experience which are charted in his popular 2010 book Drama Schemes (Rhinegold). He also works as an educational consultant and offers freelance workshops to schools here and abroad.
Mark's plays are gradually being released on DVD including his award winning OYT production of Too Much Punch For Judy in 2013.

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'Exciting and challenging - in equal measure.' --Alan Perks, Chief Examiner, Edexcel

'In this collection of material, Mark has done his usual honest sharing of his own teaching (and forever learning) experience, which can be really useful for those teachers who will benefit from the detailed scaffolding he provides throughout the various schemes he develops. Teachers will grasp something of the remarkable 'shape-shifting' potential of drama and theatre forms as a humanising factor in our schooling system.' --Dorothy Heathcote

About the Author

Mark Wheeller is one of the UK's leading playwrights, with a portfolio of award-winning works. Too Much Punch for Judy is recognised as one of the most performed contemporary plays in the world having been performed over 5000 times in its short life (1988). It was, for a few years, the most performed play in New Zealand. Some of his plays, including Hard To Swallow, have become popular GCSE texts and he has been commissioned by companies such as The Birmingham Rep, for whom he wrote Kill Jill. Graham; World's Fastest Blind Runner, which tells the true life story of one of Mark's best friends, which also won Best Youth Play in different national One-Act Play competitions two years in a row. His plays are regularly professionally toured in schools across the UK and are also available on a number of DVDs. His most recent play about human trafficking, entitled Stop the Traffik, was premiered in March 2010. He is currently part-time Executive Director of Arts at the new Oasis Academy Lord's Hill in Southampton and has nearly 30 years teaching experience. Mark also works as an educational consultant and offers freelance workshops to schools both here and abroad.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luke Abbott on 26 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Every secondary teacher should read this book. Mark has at last written about his great skill, his unique style of drama teaching using such an irresistible series of ideas. But what is so good about them is that they all work. He also has no time for 'ideological camps' and refers to the great influence Dr Dorothy Heathcote's methods (including Mantle of the Expert)has had on him even as he reaches the pinnacle of his career. If only more people in the field had the vision expressed in the book.

I especially liked the way he weaves his own story as a learner and as a teacher gathering the vast and international experience he now brings to secondary drama teaching. These lessons have been tried and tested as Mark just wouldn't dare to do anything else. I also like the catchy materials he uses as well as the range that's so good for emotional learning. I also know that each scheme has been used with classes in many parts of the UK who are supposedly 'hard to reach'-especially reluctant boys and difficult teenage girls trying so hard to grow up. Mark's gift is making the theatre and drama he works through make meaning to his kids. He says he has taught over 30 years-and yet he is still learning! Not surprising from a play write who has made it to the top in such a harshly competitive field by sheer graft. As usual (and you should read his plays too)his gentle and humble writing touches hearts especially in the young. I take my hat off to him. Read this book if you are a drama teacher.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stewart on 20 Jan. 2012
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I've only recently started teaching and am still in my NQT year. I was trained in teaching music but when I got my first teaching job I was told I would be teaching drama as well. I have had a fair bit of theatre experience but that was mostly with a small handful of children who were really passionate about drama and who had already had strong drama teaching. Therefore I was quite apprehensive about teaching drama especially with KS3 classes. It wasn't as bad as I thought it might be, which was good, but I found that I wasn't completely comfortable with the way I was teaching it. Then I read this book and took advice from Mark Wheeller. I have been doing the Warden X scheme with my year 8 class for the last few weeks and have found that they have absolutely loved it. It was somewhat difficult at first, as this was something they weren't used to, but there is always a buzz at the end of the lesson and a suspense for the next lesson. Story based drama is definitely the way forward and it's nice to have a mixture of whole class, group and individual working. I think Mark Wheeller makes good use of that.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Thomas on 7 Sept. 2011
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I was disappointed with this book as I have a lot of respect for Mark Wheelers work.I have held back writing this review for exactly that reason but feel that I should.
It is quite a flimsy book and at least one of the schemes requires you to buy another Mark Wheeler play. I found this really, really frustrating and felt a bit cheated as it's not a cheap book in the first place. I did however teach the Warden X scheme which was successful with my group.
If you have used for example Joss Bennathan's book before you will find this does not compare.
A real shame.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thechubster on 23 Nov. 2010
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I am delighted that Mark has brought out this book and it is helping me no end in my quest to become a Drama teacher. I am currently doing my PGCE! He puts everything into context so easily and it is very clear and concise.
Thanks Mark for this work! Keep up the good work. Excellent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. M. R. Weeden on 3 Sept. 2013
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Had a quick skim through but what caught my eye was the y19 nuclear war scheme of work. I will be using that, as I think it is an incredible idea. Also, Mark Wheeller co-wrote the Edexcel GCSE, so it helps having his own view of things!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J. H. on 12 Oct. 2010
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Drama Schemes is an easy to use resource that contains ideas and themes which are not only suitable for Secondary Education, but for Youth Theatre work too.

The book is packed with a diverse series of lesson plans, ranging from developing ideas from some of Mark Wheeller's plays, to Dorothy Heathcote inspired schemes.

Mr Wheeller gives very useful annotations on each page and highlighted paragraphs make this book exceptionally easy to read and use. It also provides links and references to supplementary material such as web addresses, films, music and further suggested reading which would enhance your lessons.

If you wish to develop your teaching, or workshop leader skills, I would recommend this book to you.
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