Wolf’s End – play by MED Young Company 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 Kitty Jay with a legend about the last wolves to be killed in Britain, rumoured to have been shot on Dartmoor at this time.

The performance included a showing of the young company’s short film The Last Wolf. The evening s a celebration of young local talent; the 13-19 year old participants of MED Theatre’s young company 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 Dartmoor project which has been running since spring 2016, supported by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. During this 18-month project MED Theatre’s young company has also produced a radio play Wolf Whispers, written for and acted in a multi-generational community play The Howling , and made the film The Last Wolf.

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!

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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.

Click here  to read the script

 

 

Production gallery:

Scene from the Howling

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 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

Wolf Whispers Radio Play

Hearsay plays a huge part in our lives and has done so down the ages. The story of how ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ came to be written is no exception. In the background lies the folk memory of the wolves that roamed Dartmoor only a few hundred years ago.

Wolf Whispers audio file

Special thanks to Paula Clarke, Sheila Danehurst, Bryher Mason, Dr Tom Greeves, Kirsty Peake, Dr Kevin Cox, Mark Norman, Trefor Farrow, Trever Cronin and Phoebe Moore

Wolf Whispers

The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor

Wolf Whispers – a radio play by MED Young Company

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Hearsay plays a huge part in our lives and has done so down the ages. The story of how ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ came to be written is no exception. In the background lies the folk memory of the wolves that roamed Dartmoor only a few hundred years ago.

Wolf Whispers audio file

Wolf Whispers script

‘Wolf Whispers is written’ and acted by MED Theatre’s young company members, aged 13-19. The radio play is part of MED Theatre’s exciting eighteen-month project ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor‘ supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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The story explores murderous controversies surrounding the writing of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, ostensibly by Arthur Conan Doyle, and travels back to times when wolves still roamed Dartmoor and the reputation of a seventeenth century vampire Richard Cabell terrified the people of Buckfastleigh. The ambitious play is the outcome of the young people’s research, which they have carried out with the help of MED Theatre’s facilitators through most of 2016. It was recorded on location at the National Trust’s Castle Drogo for its atmospheric acoustics and authentic outdoor Dartmoor sounds. Music has also been composed specifically for this play by this talented youth group.

‘Wolf Whispers’ was broadcast on Soundart Radio at 1.00pm on Sunday November 20th, and is now available as a YouTube file, as an audio file, and in script form on this page. 

Special thanks to Paula Clarke, Sheila Danehurst, Bryher Mason, Dr Tom Greeves, Kirsty Peake, Dr Kevin Cox, Mark Norman, Trefor Farrow, Trever Cronin and Phoebe Moore

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