The interactive workshops run by the education team alongside the West End musical are designed to teach pupils from Key Stage 2 upwards about the impact of bullying.
Wicked tells the popular story of the Wizard of Oz including the story of the wicked witch of the West, who was bullied during her time at school.
The workshops are taught by past or present members of the Wicked creative team and cast and have been developed in partnership with the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
Pupils will take part in group discussions and interactive sessions to learn why people bully, the different types of bullying and what to do if they see it taking place.
About the Wicked Education anti-bullying workshops
Students will work through two scenes from Wicked to develop an understanding of issues that are raised throughout the play, such as difference, friendship and bullying. They’ll work with scripts from Wicked and put their drama skills into practice to examine the central theme of bullying.
The workshops are intended to be interactive and enjoyable, while still tackling important issues that students may face during their time at school.
Support materials are also provided alongside the workshops to encourage further discussions and to give students a greater understanding of the impact of bullying.
Each workshop will last for two hours and can be adapted to the Key Stage they are aimed at. Workshops can either be attended to coincide with watching the show at the Apollo Victoria Theatre or can take place within schools.
Other school resources
Alongside the recently launched anti-bullying workshops, Wicked Education also offers a selection of other workshops, for both primary and secondary students, including Musical Theatre, Drama, Singing and Dance sessions.
Following a visit to see the show, free lesson plans can be downloaded to further enhance the learning experience. These cover Key Stage 2 to 5 and can be used to aid studies in Drama, English, Art and Design, and PSHE.
For more information on the workshops and other resources available, visit www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/london/education.
Image: Wicked - Anti-Bullying Workshop (Photo Credit: Wicked Education)