International writer gives inspirational GCSE tips on his groundbreaking anorexia play to Clevedon Students

Mark Wheeler thrilled sixth form drama students at Clevedon School, with brilliant tips from his world best-selling play ‘Hard To Swallow’ about a girl who dies from anorexia.

His play – which is used by schools across the world – helps to highlight the effects the illness can have on the person as well as the people they are most close with.

During a day of workshop work the students acted out parts of the play while Mark observed and gave insight and tips.

Clevedon School’s drama department has won numerous prestigious awards. The school is part of the expanding Clevedon Learning Trust.

Student Eden Jones said: “I think that it’s really useful to have Mark in doing a workshop because it teaches us the historical, social, political context of the play and it helps us to perform better.”

Head of Drama Deb Morgan said: “Mark Wheeller is an inspirational playwright and ex-teacher who challenges students to think about the real world and discuss mature issues. It has been fantastic to work with him again and see our drama students performing with engagement and passion.”