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MADD for David Wood OBE

We are always thrilled when one of our distinguished Patrons visits MADD College and inspires our students! This week, David Wood, OBE, multi award-winning playwright and director spent invaluable time with the third years of our professional muscial theatre course.

David was awarded an OBE for services to literature and drama in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2004, has written over 60 plays, adapted and directed many more, leading to award nominations and wins including the prestigious Olivier Awards!

His adaptations of well known children’s books include most recently, Judith Kerr’s THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, which has been touring since 2008 (and has starred many of our alumni with our Creative Director Emma Clayton its Assistant Director & Choreographer) has played several West End seasons and was Olivier-nominated in 2012. David’s adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM toured and played two West End seasons, winning the Olivier 2013 for Best Entertainment and Family.

In 2017 David received the JM Barrie Award, a children’s arts lifetime achievement award.

In 2006 he wrote THE QUEEN’S HANDBAG, a play to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday.  It was performed by an all-star cast in Buckingham Palace Gardens at the Children’s Party at the Palace, and was seen live on BBC One by 8,000,000 television viewers world-wide!

David said: This is my 8th annual visit to give MADD final year students an idea of what it might be like to work in children’s theatre.  I have always found them to be friendly, responsive, willing to participate, lacking in cynicism, and eager to learn about a branch of theatre they may not have considered before.  They are disciplined and talented.  I always enjoy my MADD workshops.

David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children and we can’t thank him enough for working with our students!

For more about David’s incredible career, please do take a look at http://www.davidwood.org.uk/all_about_me-biography.html !