Current Education Projects

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!

Emmeline and Sylvia Pankhurst are addressing the “rioting” crowds in the town centre of Newton Abbot

 

February 2018 MED Theatre Education Newsletter

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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.

 

Devon Animals Through the Seasons

 

February 2017 MED Theatre Education Newsletter

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EDU newsletter Feb 2017 front page

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 Spymaster, a short film by Moor Film Club

Moor Film Documentary

 

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 audio file

The White Bird of the Oxenhams project pictures:

 

Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor

Last wolf publicity image Draft2 copyMED 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 education@medtheatre.co.uk 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