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This month Wicked’s Executive Producer, Michael McCabe was on the Open Drama UK podcast discussing Wicked Active Learning.

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Wicked Active Learning with Michael McCabe Podcast Episode

Michael has been the ‘custodian’ of the production for the last 17 years having looked after the performance since it moved from Broadway to London in 2006. This powerful production explores friendship as the main and overarching theme rather than a performance about romantic connections, it’s also a production showcasing women on stage with the main roles.

Michael talks on the Open Drama UK podcast ‘Half Hour Call’ about his pandemic project ‘Wicked Active Learning’ which was able to be built when the pandemic closed theatres and Michael could dedicate the time to researching arts education in depth. Through working parties and from conversations with a Drama specialist Headteacher he was able to craft and bring to life ‘Wicked Active Learning’ to support teachers to re-engage with commercial theatre, making the production more relevant to school ‘needs’ and demands when considering trips and visits.

“We are all passionate believers that it’s [Drama] crucial not just because people might want to come into our industry but because they are tools that can help you in every imaginable aspect of life and employment.” Michael McCabe

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