The Worm Collector

The Worm Collector

The Royal Armouries commissioned the West Yorkshire Playhouse to write some scripts about the impact of weapons on society.

By bringing together the Playhouse’s expertise in using drama in education with the Royal Armouries experience in weapons awareness training it was possible to develop an innovative new approach to exploring important issues with young people.

The Worm Collector: the play

The Worm Collector tells the story of troubled teenager Mark, played by Nathan McMullen, who is running a competition to discover which of his relatives has the “best scar”. All wounds count, even the tiny ones, because it’s not all about the size of the scars, but about what you did to get them that determines whether you’re a winner or not. Mark already knows who he thinks should win, but he doesn’t realise victory may come at a very high price!

The Royal Armouries invested £12,000 in this powerful new play targeted at youngsters on the threshold of starting secondary school.

The Worm Collector written by J C Marshall, is a subtle and poignant portrayal of the tragic – and often fatal – consequences of choosing to carry a knife.

West Yorkshire Playhouse Touring Company, in conjunction with the Royal Armouries, presented The Worm Collector to selected primary schools from 6 October to 20 November 2009. It then took up week-long residencies in secondary schools in Spring 2010, as well as touring Berlin in part of an exchange programme with a German theatre company.

The play continues to tour around the United Kingdom.

Trailers of the play on YouTube

Did you know?

Palmerston's Follies

Fort Nelson is one of the ‘Palmerston Forts’, commissioned in the 1860s by Lord Palmerston, who feared a French attack. By the time they were completed, however, any threat from France disappeared. The forts gained the nickname ‘Palmerston’s follies’.