Chicken! & Chequered Flags to Chequered Futures (DVD)


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This is the first of Mark’s productions to be put onto DVD with professional performers. StopWatch Theatre Company has performed Chicken! nearly 6,000 times since 1992 from Cornwall to the Shetland Islands. Their outstanding production is filmed in front of two Year 6 audiences (edited into one performance),  to give an unprecedented opportunity to study a high quality professional TiE production in action.

This DVD includes:
– Chicken! by Mark Wheeller, performance of the play  by 2M/2F professional cast

– Follow-up Workshop, the acclaimed StopWatch Theatre  Company workshop which examines decision making  and assertiveness for KS2 audiences

– Interview with Mark Wheeller (writer) and Adrian New (director), the story of the development of Chicken!

– Interview with the Cast, an insight into the life of actors  in a TiE company.

Bonus features:
– Chequered Flags to Chequered Futures. Presented by Victoria Shanghai Academy in Hong Kong who commissioned it.

– Q & A with playwright Mark Wheeller, the director, Joanna Crimmins and the Gilfoy family (central characters in the play). Chris Gilfoy developed the role of Chris in the original production of Chicken.

Additional information









Publication date

09 July 2020

About the writer

Mark Wheeller began writing whilst a student at Marlwood Comprehensive School, Bristol. After teaching drama for thirty-six years he retired in July 2015 to concentrate on writing and delivering Drama/Theatre workshops to students and teachers across the world.

Mark is one of the most-performed playwrights in Britain. Too Much Punch For Judy has been performed over 6,000 times and Chicken! nearly 6,000. Missing Dan Nolan and Hard to Swallow are both set texts for the GSCE Drama 9-1 exams. His work has been a staple part of the Drama curriculum both in the UK and abroad for the past three decades.

Professional productions of Hard to Swallow, I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die and Chicken regularly tour schools and many of Mark’s works are available on DVD, with digital formats forthcoming in late 2020. His study guides include Drama Schemes, The Story Behind Too Much Punch For Judy, Drama Club & Hard to Swallow – Easy to Digest.

He has three children and lives just outside the New Forest, with his wife Rachael, and Labrador, Dusty.