After-school drama club with Winkleigh primary school
In January and February we were invited to run an after-school drama club in Winkleigh primary school. Education officer Sarah Sharp took the lead in delivering four fun drama workshops that developed the children’s presentational skills, using two Dartmoor stories – The Hunted Hare and The Cavalier of Blackaton Tor – as material.
Radio play with Hatherleigh, Northlew, Lewtrenchard and Winkleigh schools
In January and February 2019 we worked with gifted and talented pupils from four primary schools who came to work with us at Hatherleigh. They wrote and recorded an audio play based on the myth of the Tinner of the Redbrook.
The Arrow of Brutus with Moretonhampstead primary School
In June 2018, we worked with Year 6 Pupils at Moretonhampstead Primary School to create a play based on the legend of the Trojans in Devon. This was written, directed and acted by the children involved, and performed to the school and parents.
Verbatim project with West Exe School
We have been working with West Exe School year 7 and 8 pupils on a verbatim project, funded by The Norman Family Charitable Trust. Verbatim means “Word for Word” and in this case refers to the words of the older generations living in Exeter. in April 2018 we paid a visit to Age UK West Exe Day Care Centre where the students were fortunate enough to meet some of the service users and speak to them about how life once was in Exeter and how they view teenagers today. Later in the spring the pupils will work on piecing together some of the views of the older generation into short performances to share with the group at AgeUK in June.
Suffragettes in Newton Abbot
In April 2018 we were delighted to work with Historic England and Newton Abbot Museum to spend a day speaking about the great riot of Newton Abbot in January 1908, in which the famous Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was chased by local young men and badly hurt.
The day began with a short performance by MED Theatre staff, of the speeches given by Emmeline Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. There was even the daring interruption of a local farmer (played by Silas Welsh) in which he proposed to Emmeline, much to her distaste. The performance took place in the centre of Newton Abbot, near to where the riot took place, and was watched and participated in by the Year 6 class of Wolborough C of E primary school who then took part in a workshop, led by MED, that gave them some insight into the frustrations felt by the Women Suffrage supporters of the early 1900’s.
Thank you to Historic England and to all the school, who were wonderfully welcoming and particularly to the year 6 class for their energy in joining in!
February 2018 MED Theatre Education Newsletter
In February and March 2018, MED Theatre worked with gifted and talented students from four schools in the Hatherleigh area (Hatherleigh, Northlew, Lewtrenchard and Winkleigh) to create and perform poems about Devon animals through the seasons.
February 2017 MED Theatre Education Newsletter
Moor Film Club Second Film Launch
On July 19th 2017 MED Theatre staff and work-experience students mentored the launch of ‘The Spymaster‘ at Princetown school – the second feature film from Moor Film Club.
A link to ‘The Spymaster’ and ‘Moor Film Club Documentary’ on MED Theatre’s Youtube channel:
The White Bird of the Oxenhams – a collaborative radio play production with three primary schools
During spring term 2017 MED Theatre has run a radio play course for students from Hatherleigh, North Tawton and South Tawton Schools. Over the course of these session the students have written, acted and recorded a play for radio, based of the local story of The White Bird of the Oxenhams.
Please follow the link below to listen to the finished radio play:
The White Bird of the Oxenhams project pictures:
Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor
MED Theatre is taking workshops based on this project into four Devon secondary schools in school year 2016-2017, focusing on literature, heritage, and issues around the re-wilding debate. Contact email@example.com if you are interested in taking part in the project.
Princetown Film Club
MED is now running a fortnightly film club at Princetown Primary School, working with children from the Forest of Dartmoor/Central Dartmoor area. Newcomers are always welcome! The project will be running for two years, supported by a grant from the People’s Health Trust. Participants aged 7-13 years are scripting, filming and editing an exciting new film. The film tells the story of an alien from another planet who lands in Princetown in Victorian times searching for a rare mineral to save their kind from a deadly disease.
Take a look at our recent filming sessions in Princetown:
Watch Moor Film Club 2016 production The Alien’s Amulet