Moor Young Voices is MED Theatre’s current five-year project for young people in the Dartmoor area, supported by a major grant from Big Lottery Reaching Communities. It encompasses almost all MED Theatre’s work with young people, including the following projects:
NOW FULLY BOOKED BOTH DAYS
September 23rd and 24th, 6pm
Bellever Forest car park (PL20 6TU)
Tickets are free but limited and must be booked.
Phone MED Theatre on 01647 441356 or email
On September 23 rd and 24th 2017 MED Theatre will perform a revival of its ‘Whitehorse Hill’ promenade play in Bellever Forest, charting the history of Dartmoor from the Bronze Age to the present. This outdoor community play, first produced in 2015, is part of ‘The Moor Than Meets the Eye’ scheme and will be performed in collaboration with Princetown Primary School. Please follow this link to the ‘Whitehorse Hill’-page to read more.
In July 2017 five members of MED Wild Nights Young Company performed at TYPify Festival, Exeter’s first dedicated youth arts festival.
Organised by MED Theatre’s previous Education Officer Lucy Hirst and her youth theatre company ‘The Young Pretenders’, TYPify Festival was held over three nights within the historic, burnt out walls of Poltimore House and showcased performances by young people from across Devon. The 20 minute original piece performed by MED Young Company had been devised over the previous week and was performed in the atmospheric old surgery of Poltimore House. It explored themes of rewilding and wolves on Dartmoor, linking it with MED’s other current and recent work.
During May half-term MED Theatre’s Wild Nights Young Company spent three successful days acting in, directing and producing their new film, Re-wild. The young company filmed on location at Burrator Reservoir for two days; for the third day the group traveled to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading where members of the young company were treated to informative talks and a chance to meet and document live wolves. The film will premiere in December 2017 together with a play the Young Company is also working on. The film comments on re-wilding issues that are current on Dartmoor; the play will explore the historical background of this debate.
To read more about ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ project that both the film and the play are part of, please follow the link.
MED Theatre performed a selection of Dartmoor myths during the Easter holidays at The Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton. The myths, each linked to a specific part of Dartmoor’s history, took the audience on a tour of the museum, with several performances planned for one full day. Three myths, namely ‘The Hunted Hare’, ‘The Tinner of the Redbrook’ and ‘Knowles the Weaver’, were brought to life by MED Theatre actors, with music and shadow, and each one linked to a specific area of Dartmoor’s history – farming, tin mining and the wool industry.
MED Theatre finished its run of ‘The Howling’, a modern take on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ which toured Dartmoor villages in March 2017. ‘The Howling’ broke all previous box office records and received wonderful feedback from audiences at local village halls. Follow this link to The Howling page for audience comments, production photography, and to see the full production programme.
A play for radio, written and acted by pupils at Hatherleigh, North Tawton and South Tawton Schools. Listen to it through the following link:
The Howling is MED Theatre’s new community play for 2017, a contemporary take on The Hound of the Baskervilles focusing on themes of human habitation and re-wilding. You can purchase tickets on this site (below). These tickets will be left on the door for you, unless you request them to be sent.
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Friday 10th March: Manaton Parish Hall
Saturday 11th March: Manaton Parish Hall
Tuesday 14th March: Southpark Community Centre, Buckfast !!! – see below
Thursday 16th March: Nicholls Hall, Lydford
Friday 17th March: Moretonhampstead Parish Hall !!! – see below
Saturday 18th March: Moretonhampstead Parish Hall !!! – see below
All performances begin at 7:30pm
Tickets £8 / £5 children under 16
Jonny Hibbs as Jonah Thomas in ‘The Howling’, MED Theatre © Chris Chapman 2017
The Howling is a contemporary take on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. The play explores issues around re-wilding, and the Dartmoor myths and history that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle and his co-creator Bertram Fletcher Robinson. At its root lies the enigmatic figure of Richard Cabell, who was Lord of Brook Manor near Buckfastleigh in the aftermath of the English Civil War, and after his death acquired a dubious reputation as a vampire. When an American claiming descent from Richard Cabell comes to a Dartmoor community with his English wife in search of his roots, he encounters more than he bargained for.
The Howling toured Dartmoor villages from 10th to 18th of March 2017.
Click here to read the full programme of the production.
Scene from the Howling
‘A wonderful exploration of Dartmoor’s rich history, traditions and susperstitions, brought beautifully to life by a strong cast.’
‘Really enjoyed this production – evocative script and music – very interesting interweaving of history and modern times – and funny!’
‘An excellent project, involving research, creative interpretation and involvement of a range of the community all working together.’
‘An excellent well plotted play. Great humour. Lovely singing and playing. Best [MED Theatre play] ever!’
‘I was enchanted by the stage set, elegantly simple.’
‘I absolutely loved it! I had not been to a local community theatre event for years and I’m resolved to see more from now on. I felt fully involved all the way through.’
‘So important that a performance can include so many from the community either on stage or contributing off stage. Brings community together.’
‘Fantastic! I love the mix of history, local issues and humour!’