New edition with bonus features.
This is the approved set text for the OCR GCSE 9-1 Drama exam
This play tells the tragic true story of Dan Nolan, a teenage boy who went missing on the 1st January 2002 after a night out fishing with his best friends. It explores the mystery of Dan’s disappearance and the tragic events that occurred that night; raising issues concerning personal safety and the importance of looking out for each other.
A verbatim play, it uses only the words of his family, friends and the Detective Superintendent in charge of the police investigation. This revised 2020 edition of the play includes a new foreword reflecting on the original production by Mark, a new interview with the original cast and a new note on the original lighting design by Danny Sturrock.
60 minutes approximately
Cast: Up to 18, or 2 female, 2 male with doubling
The Nolan Family:
Clare (Younger Sister)
George (another friend)
Police Liaison Officer
Exploring the Text: the play provides opportunities for discussion around the subject matter, text, style of playwrighting and performance style.
Physicalisatoin and the use of music: the play gives opportunities to physicalise the script and use music to reflect emotion.
Monologues: a variety of narration, naturalistic dialogue, duologues and use of chorus provide various performance styles for all actors.
Design: the play requires a minimal, multi-location set.
Additional Learning Resources for Teachers:
- OCR CSE (9-1) Teacher Guide DRAMA – free download
- DVD – Two productions of Missing Dan Nolan (one large cast, one small cast) and interview with playwright Mark Wheeller – £19.99
- YouTube – insight from playwright Mark Wheeller
- Drama & Theatre Teacher’s Guide
‘Heart-rending, bold, direct and simple. Even on the bare page this is a powerful piece of drama… campaigning theatre at its most powerful.’
Paul Fowler, GoDA 2003
‘This play is not just about Dan Nolan, it’s about all of us and our responsibility to and for each other.’
David Dykes, Head of Creative and Performing Arts, King Edward VI School, Southampton (Dan’s former school)