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.

No Access (2011)

When Dartmoor farmer Edgar Bampton decides to fence off a part of his land that has previously been indistinguishable from the open moor, he divides his family and the community. Walkers want a right of way, and for local people the place is full of memories. On the other hand there are calls to protect endangered wildlife and to hold the line for farmers everywhere.

A contemporary comedy about conflict over land-use on Dartmoor, ‘No Access’ was a story about a rural community who have differing reactions when local land rights come under scrutiny. The play invited the communities on and around Dartmoor to explore their emotional connections to locations and how important ‘place’ can be in our lives. The myth of the Dartmoor beast also haunted the action as it built to a humorous climax of protest and confusion at a summer evening party.



No Access e-poster