MED’s Young Company perform at TYPify Youth Arts Festival

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On 8th July, five members of Wild Nights Young Company had the opportunity to perform in Exeter’s first dedicated youth arts festival, which was held over three nights in the historic, but burnt out walls, of Poltimore House.

The festival was set up by Lucy Hirst’s youth theatre company ‘The Young Pretenders’ and was called TYPify Festival. The 20 minute piece performed by Wild Nights, held in the old surgery at the back of Poltimore house,  was devised over the previous week. It explored the themes of rewilding and the last wolves to exist on Dartmoor; key features of Wild Nights’ current project.

 

New Young Company Film – ‘Re-wild’

DSC_6246During 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 youngDSC_0915 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 actors perform Dartmoor myths at Okehampton museum

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.

Museum of Dartmoor Life myths

‘The Howling’ gathers record audiences

DSCF1704The Howling, MED Theatre  Photo © Chris Chapman 2017

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.

The Howling Tickets

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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.

To add a ticket to your shopping cart, select ‘Adult’,  or ‘Child’ from the drop down menu below and click ‘Add to Cart’. You will then be redirected to your Paypal shopping cart (where you can use Paypal or a major card). To add more tickets to your cart, click ‘Continue Shopping’ on the Paypal page and select a new ticket from the drop down menu as before. When you are ready to purchase your tickets, click ‘Check Out’ from your cart. Please remember to write the date and venue of the performance you would like to book in the box below.

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

TUESDAY MARCH 14th in BUCKFAST – SOLD OUT!

FRIDAY MARCH 17th in MORETONHAMPSTEAD – SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY MARCH 18th in MORETONHAMPSTEAD – SOLD OUT!

Come to Lydford instead!

Ticket Prices
Date and venue



For more information about the project please visit the following pages:

Link to The Howling page

Link to The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Last Wolf project page

The Howling

Jonny Hibbs as Jonah Thomas in 'The Howling', MED Theatre © Chris Chapman 2017

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.

The Howling programme2Click here to read the full programme of the production.

 

 

 

Production gallery:

 

Audience feedback:
‘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!’

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The Howling postcard BACK 1.1

Community play reading

last-wolf-publicity-imagMED Theatre is beginning rehearsals for its new community play ‘The Howling’, to be performed in March. A contemporary take on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, the story will explore rewilding, and history of Dartmoor when wolves still existed on the moors.

If you are interested in taking part, either on or off stage, please contact MED Theatre on info@medtheatre.co.uk or call 01647 441356, in advance of the first play reading on December 11th. Participation is open to anybody from 10 years upwards, or 8 years if accompanied by parent.

The Walk Music

The Walk Music, composed by Gillian Webster, singer soloist Clare Lash-Williams, percussion and vocals Gillian Webster, violin and vocals Amelia Young

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Dartmoor theme

 

Storm and non-recognition (from live performance)

 

Walking

 

Watermusic

 

Buttercup dance

 

Bright upsurge

 

Meadowsweet

 

Snow-dance

 

Tin wind

 

Forgiveness melts

 

Dewar dance

 

Fire

 

Windy sea-dance

 

To recall the wave

 

Surface tension

 

Snake

 

The pond

 

Dartmoor theme: violin

 

Running

 

Hope

 

In trepidation

 

Elegy

 

Print

 

The Walk Music accompanied The Walk Dance Drama

The Walk Project