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Maggie’s theatre training began at the age of 29 (told you she was a late bloomer!) at the Mitchell School of Drama in Glasgow. There, she appeared in various revues and productions, with her first lead role as the headmistress Miss Betterby in the incredibly camp musical production Share and Share Alike.

She also undertook formal training and examinations through the external program of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), gaining honours in the Bronze Medal for Speech and Drama.

Her swansong role for the school was that of Roderigo in The Tempest, played while massively pregnant and wearing an enormous silver frock. It was also a massively camp production, with the finale (yes a Shakespeare play with a finale) being the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Go West’.

After that it all went a bit pear shaped for theatre, as she had other priorities in nurturing her finest production, her son David.

Fast forward eleven years and she’s in Adelaide, newly divorced and trying to remember who she was before the whole marriage thing happened, when she remembered that she used to love acting.

She auditioned for Matt Byrne Media’s production of Steaming in 2005 and gained the role of Violet. The show was well received and Maggie got some good reviews (note: pre-marriage 2.0 her last name was Moore).

She featured alongside Jessica Lynch, Kim Clark and Matt Byrne in the 2006 Fringe satire on the health system, Pricks and the same team reprised their success in the 2008 production Chalkies.

Maggie also had some minor parts as the mothers of both Ren in Footloose (2006) and Julia in The Wedding Singer – the musical (2008), as well as busting some moves with a zimmer frame as one of the army of grannies in The Producers (2007).

That year also saw Maggie venture into radio again, this time as an actor, voicing the role of author Jennie Erdal in her autobiography ‘Ghosting’ for ABC Radio National.

Granny’s Dream Garden was a fun production with the wildly active and youthful members of Circobatz at Adelaide Festival Centre, with Maggie in the title role of Granny.

The next production she appeared in was All Shook Up (2010), in the role of Sylvia, which, amongst other things, allowed her to find her singing voice, and again get some nice notices.

2012 saw Maggie play the role of Ruth in Calendar Girls that was a fun and touching production which was well received.

Maggie Wood with the cast of Steaming

Theatre Reviews

"In particular… Maggie Wood as Ruth brought a great deal of humour to exposing moments" – Adelaide Theatre Guide

"Maggie Moore, a genuine Glaswegian comic did terrific work. Moore showed Violet's commitment to maintaining an emotional safehouse for her clients." - DB Magazine

"Maggie Moore, as the caretaker Violet, is strong and earthy" - Adelaide Theatre Guide

"…generous and joyful performance." – DB Magazine

"One of Adelaide’s warmest actors." – Theatre Association of South Australia

"Maggie Wood is brassy and blousy, but brings a brittle sadness to the lonely Sylvia. Wood is the best actor on stage and her subtle gravitas is the emotional heart of this production." - Adelaide Theatre Guide

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