Mark Wheeller is long established as a young people's playwright with widely-produced scripts such as More Punch for Judy and Hard to Swallow, several based on real-life events. He continues to work as a secondary school drama teacher, and this book pulls together his "best of" drama schemes for key stages 3-4 with themes ranging from substance abuse to life in a young offenders' institution and survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Each unit is devoted to a theme and the lessons are laid out with clear learning objectives and a range of activities.
As well as suggestions for using drama strategies across the curriculum, it includes his own take on Dorothy Heathcote's Mantle of the Expert work and ideas for playwriting and developing school productions. The book presents a personalised view of drama, heavily sprinkled with anecdotes from the author's experience. There are enough original ideas for schemes to keep any drama teacher happy for a long while and if you are familiar with his work, you will hit the ground running.