Rocks – 2019 touring community play

A futuristic comedy set among Dartmoor’s tors

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MED Theatre’s new community play ‘Rocks’ puts Dartmoor’s unique tors centre stage. MED Theatre is touring ‘Rocks’ in March 2019, taking in Manaton, Cornwood, Meldon and Moretonhampstead village halls. ‘Rocks’ is a futuristic comedy written by playwright and MED Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Beeson specifically for the local  community cast and explores current issues such as artificial intelligence, surveillance and nuclear waste. As well as taking in crystal healing and current theories from the philosophy of consciousness, the play also looks backward in charting Dartmoor’s geological history down the ages. Rocks is part of MED Theatre’s three year programme of work with rural communities called ‘Moor Connections’, funded by National Lottery from the Big Lottery Fund.

The year is 2050, and the Mayor of Dartmoor, now ostensibly an independent state but controlled by The Authorities, attempts to lead his citizens despite the presence of an ever-watchful surveillance system. Ian, the CEO of National Energy, has found himself having to embrace the idea of nuclear waste storage in Dartmoor’s granite, after the wind turbines he had espoused were objected to – specifically by his wife who has grown to love the clear skylines of her holiday home. But suppose Dartmoor’s granite has rights, and does not like the thought of having highly radioactive nuclear waste thrust into it? This at least is what young Dartmoor resident Calliope believes as she watches the sunset from a tor, supported for different reasons by geology graduate Astel and his young protégé Jason, crystal therapist Mandarn, and Lana a girl who claims to be from another planet…

The dates of the performances are:

March 8th and 9th in Manaton Parish Hall,
March 12th in Cornwood Village Hall,
March 14th in Meldon Village Hall and
March 15th and 16th in Moretonhampstead Parish Hall.

All performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 / £5 children under 16.

For bookings and more information please contact MED Theatre:, 01647 441356, or visit our ticket page.

First reading of MED Theatre’s 2019 community play

We are hosting the first reading of our new community play (working title ‘Rocks’) on Sunday December 16th, 6.00-8.00pm, in the MED Theatre Studio.

If you are interested in being in this community play, which is rehearsed between January and March and tours Dartmoor village halls in the second and third weeks of March, please come to this reading!
If you are unable to attend, let us know that you are interested to be part of this project by this date.

Watercolour painting of MED Theatre ‘Playreading’ by Olivia Young, 1998

Music from The Coast composed as part of Dartmoor Rivers

Sea dawn by Safi Joscelyne

Sea interlude opening, by Jonny Hibbs and Safi Joscelyne

Seal Song by Safi Joscelyne and Jonny Hibbs

Dartmoor Rivers: Dartfest 2018

Dart-Fest 2018 is MED Theatre’s celebration of new writing and composition by young people, inspired by the rivers of Dartmoor. The production consists of a series of plays and music pieces all written and performed by members of our young company, Wild Nights. They have undergone a process of idea generating, draft writing and script editing under the supervision of our expert playwright Mark Beeson before moving on to a developmental rehearsal process undertaking roles such as directing and stage design in addition to performing. The performances explore life on Dartmoor combining the imaginary with themes of loneliness, friendship, betrayal and suspicion.

The music part of this project has taken inspiration from Dartmoor Rivers and has included a session recording underwater sounds of streams and waterfalls, alongside a number of workshops when the young people learned about various composing techniques, notably one from Gerard McBurney (former Artistic Programming Advisor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Trefor Farrow, conductor of the Collati Singers and the Damerel Belles, and Gillian Webster, MED Theatre’s music mentor. The music strand is supported by a grant from the Michael Tippett Foundation.

Music from The Coast composed under the Dartmoor Rivers project


Booking for Complicite Workshop in November 2018

Book and pay for your place as an adult (over 25) on the workshop with Clive Mendus of Complicité

Date 4th November 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm.

Venue: Manaton Parish Hall, TQ13 9UJ

For children 8 years plus and young people up to 25, there in NO CHARGE. But children under eleven years must be accompanied by an adult.

On Saturday November 3rd, the Complicité workshop is for young people 13-25, and is FREE OF CHARGE. But places are limited so you need to email to reserve a place. This workshop is not open to adults or children under 13.

Workshop fee