I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die
Sophie Gorell Barnes
9th February 2017
I’d had a conversation specifically with Dan about ecstasy. It’s one of the things you do as a parent, isn’t it? Wear your helmet when you’re out on your bike, you know, don’t take drugs. To be honest, I was more worried about him being safe on his bike than at a party with his friends.
The words of the title are the last ones spoken by sixteen-year-old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs to his mother. 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, which should engage teenage readers, audiences and performers alike. There are two versions of the play – this one, published by Methuen for drama groups and schools and another touring version. Both are performed consistently.
“Devastating! I haven’t stopped thinking about it... beautiful, heart breaking and truly important piece of theatre. The impact of I Love You, Mum - I Promise I Won’t Die is a Drama teachers dream. Go and watch as I promise you will want to use it.
Alice Mitchell: Drama teacher from Wilts.
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