Wolf’s End – MED Young Company play about the Improvers on Dartmoor

In the 1780s, at a time of great change on Dartmoor, roads and houses are built, moorland is enclosed and conifer forests replace the native scrub.  But how did the improvers’ dreams of turning the Moor into an agricultural prairie impact its wild inhabitants? And would the new roads really prepare the way for prosperity on Dartmoor?

“Wolf’s End”, a new drama by MED Theatre’s Wild Nights Young Company, explores this period of development and integrates the legend of the last wolves to be killed in Britain, rumoured to have been shot on Dartmoor at this time.

The performance will include a showing of the youth company’s short film ‘The Last Wolf’. The evening is truly a celebration of young local talent; the 13-19 year old participants of MED Theatre’s youth company have researched and scripted both the film and play, and composed their own music.

Both of these creative outputs are part of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoorproject which has been running since spring 2016, supported by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. During this 18-month project MED Theatre has also produced a radio play Wolf Whispers with its youth company (www.medtheatre.co.uk/wolf-whispers).

To book your tickets please contact MED Theatre’s office by emailing info@medtheatre.co.uk or call 01647 441356.

Dartmoor Rivers – New Young People’s Music Composition Project

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MED Theatre has kicked off its new year-long music project for young people – Dartmoor Rivers – with a workshop by composer and writer Gerard McBurney. Supported by a grant from The Michael Tippet Musical Foundation, this project will enable its young participants to receive training in music composition, and explore the subject of Dartmoor rivers as inspiration. The project will culminate in a concert of the young people’s compositions in Autumn 2018.

 

Whitehorse Hill – the history of Dartmoor promenaded through Bellever Forest in September 2017

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September 23rd and 24th 2017,  6pm
Bellever Forest car park (PL20 6TU)
 

On September 23 rd and 24th 2017 MED Theatre performed 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 was performed in collaboration with Princetown Primary School. Please follow this link to the ‘Whitehorse Hill’- page to read more.

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MED’s Young Company perform at TYPify Youth Arts Festival

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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.

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.

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‘The Howling’ gathers record audiences

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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.