The Drama Book by English and Media Centre


The Drama Book by English and Media Centre

Hannah and Hanna by John Retallack Set in Margate, John Retallack's acclaimed and fast moving play uses song and dance to tell the story of 16-year-old Hannah from Margate and Hanna, a refugee from Kosovo. Suitable for Year 9+. A video of the full Arcola Theatre production plus interviews with the writer/director, John Retallack and the actors from the original stage performance, Alyson Coote and Celia Meiras, is also available. Helmet by Douglas Maxwell An innovative play using the rules of a computer game to explore the changing fortunes and relationships of Sal and Roddy (a.k.a Helmet). Will they win through or will it be game over? Suitable for Year 9+. A video of the full performance of the Traverse Theatre/Paines Plough production and an interview with the writer, Douglas Maxwell, is also available. Mama Yankee's Life Machine by Ed Hime Mama Yankee is all powerful, keeping her subjects in thrall to her delicious meat pies. But her rule is under threat from the Overland Vegetarian Resistance. Who will win the hearts and minds - and stomachs - of Hackett, Cleaver and co? (No video of this play.) Hey There Boy With the BeBop - by Abi Bown Chantaye has a dilemma: should she go along with her street and reject terminally ill Leo or stand out from the crowd and accept his friendship? A lyrical play which is both funny and moving. (No video of this play.)


'The video of Hannah and Hanna is brilliant. I was very moved watching it...It comes off the page beautifully.'

'An exhilarating introduction to contemporary theatre...Year 7s will enjoy the wildly futuristic and surreal Mama Yankee.'

'Neill, TES, December 2002

About the Author

Other Formats

Book Info


176 pages


English and Media Centre
More books by English and Media Centre


Publication date

1st September 2002



I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East

Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

Lovereading 4 schools