Hard to Swallow (DVD)


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This DVD includes:
– The Romsey School Production, directed by Allie Clarke in 2017.

– Extracts from the Oaklands Youth Theatre original production (1990), directed by Mark Wheeller, performed in a Lecture Theatre of a hospital in Houston, Texas. (Filmed on a low budget camcorder).

Bonus features:
– Conversation between Allie Clarke and Mark Wheeller

– Performances by Mark’s RSCoYT of the Crossing the Bridge – 6 previously unseen Billy Goat scenes.

‘This play reaches moments of almost unbearable intensity… naturalistic scenes flow seamlessly into sequences of highly stylised theatre… such potent theatre!’

Vera Lustig, The Independent

‘Elegantly structured, highly informative, and imaginatively theatrical. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.’
Anne McFerran, Stage and Television Today

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.