Event date: 06 March, 2019

200th Performance of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation Play

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Today we were honoured to be hosting the 200th performance of an important piece of drama.

The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation supports young people to make safe choices about drugs. In May 2014, just months after Dan died, the Foundation commissioned award winning playwright Mark Wheeller to write a play about what happened to him. The title Mark chose uses Dan’s last words to his mother Fiona, before he left home for what turned out to be the last time: ‘I Love You, Mum – I Promise I Won’t Die’. In March 2016 this had its first public performances, in Southampton and London, with its premiere at the BRIT school, just a mile from Dan’s home in Croydon.

""I Love You, Mum - I promise I won't die."

Dan loved drama, he was very good at it, and this idea of his drama teacher Izzy Forrester was inspired. Drama is an incredibly powerful way to communicate important messages to young people, and Mark Wheeller’s play has become a core part of the Foundation’s vision to enable young people to understand the risks, and potential consequences and impact of experimenting with drugs.

The final play, which was shown today to Years 10 and 11, is as much about love, friendship, forgiveness and loss, as it is about drugs.

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