This documentary play script focuses on the feelings instigated by a death as a result of drink driving. A tragic drink/drive accident results in the death of Jo, the front seat passenger whilst the driver, her sister Judy, escapes unhurt (or has she?). It targets student readers and performers but is equally viable for adults.
Mark Wheeller has a portfolio of award-winning works.
Too Much Punch for Judy (1987) is recognised as one of the most performed contemporary plays in the world having been performed over 5000 times in its short life. In 2013 Mark wrote a companion book for this play called The Story Behind... Too Much Punch For Judy and his award winning OYT production of the play was released on DVD.
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. His plays tour professionally in UK (and beyond) schools and are increasingly available on dvd.
Mark has been commissioned by (amongst others) The Birmingham Rep, (Kill Jill) and the Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke (The Gate Escape). Together with Rachel, his wife, Mark wrote the stories for Tufty's Adventures and the twelve editions of the Tufty Tales comic (RoSPA 1994). His most recent commission (2011) was to write the script for a film Kids Who Look Out of the Window about school exclusions (directed by Danny Sturrock).
Plays such as 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 30 years teaching experience which is 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 is currently working on three plays. An adaptation of Silas Marner, the story of Chris Gilfoy (Banger Racing World Champion) and Susan Pollack (Holocaust survivor)