The Coast – new MED Theatre community play about plastic pollution and life by the sea
The Coast – A Play about our Relationship with the Sea
‘Atlantis’ is a South West coastal village; a holiday destination with beaches covered in litter, cliff edges tall enough to hide many a secret, and locals affected by the low-wage economy of the holiday trade. When Dartmoor sisters Romney and Petra go on holiday to Atlantis, they are led into a world where nothing is quite as it seems, and end up staring at disaster from the edge of the cliffs. Can they and others, overcome the feud that is undermining village life?
MED Theatre’s new community play The Coast looks at the relationship of Dartmoor to the coast of the South West, and dives into the issue of plastic pollution of the oceans. Set in the fictional coastal village of Atlantis, the play makes use of historical accounts of wreckers, as well as the folklore of Jack o’ Lantern and selchies, to explore modern conundrums in landscape conservation, development and planning.
The Coast tours villages on Dartmoor in March 2018:
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th Manaton Parish Hall
Tuesday 13th Belstone Village Hall
Thursday 15th Mary Tavy Coronation Hall
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th Moretonhampstead Parish Hall
Elfrida – an audio play by Bright Nights Drama Group
The Hunted Hare – an audio play by Bright Lights Drama Group
Jan Coo – An Audio Play by Rising Lights Drama Group for 5-7 year old
Wolf’s End – A Play by MED Young Company
Saturday 2nd December 2017 Moretonhampstead Parish Hall
Sunday 3rd December 2017 Southpark Community Centre, Buckfast
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 the last wolves to be killed in Britain, rumoured to have been shot on Dartmoor at this time.
The performance will include a showing of the youth company’s short film ‘The Last Wolf’. The evening is truly a celebration of young local talent; the 13-19 year old participants of MED Theatre’s youth company have 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 has also produced a radio play Wolf Whispers with its youth company (www.medtheatre.co.uk/wolf-whispers).
To book your tickets please contact MED Theatre’s office by emailing email@example.com or call 01647 441356.
Dartmoor Rivers – New Music Composition Project for Young People
Dartmoor Rivers is MED Theatre’s new year-long music project, supported by a grant from The Michael Tippet Musical Foundation. Kicked off in October 2017 with a workshop by composer and writer Gerard McBurney, this project will enable its young participants to receive training in music composition, and guidance in finding inspiration for their pieces in the subject of Dartmoor rivers. Whilst supporting MED Theatre’s drama projects along the year, Dartmoor Rivers project will culminate in a concert of the young people’s compositions in Autumn 2018.
NOW FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST ONLY
September 23rd and 24th, 6pm
Bellever Forest car park (PL20 6TU)
Tickets are free but limited and must be booked.
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On September 23 rd and 24th MED Theatre will perform a revival of its ‘Whitehorse Hill’ promenade play in Bellever Forest, charting the history of Dartmoor from the Bronze Age to the present. This outdoor community play, first produced in 2015, is part of ‘The Moor Than Meets the Eye’ scheme and will be performed in collaboration with Princetown Primary School. Please follow this link to the the ‘Whitehorse Hill’-page to read more.
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In March 2016 MED Theatre received a grant for an exciting 18 month project, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor’. The project would enable young people to learn more about Dartmoor’s local history and ecology through the eyes of a long lost animal, the wolf, last sighted on Dartmoor in 1780, and the legends it provoked.
So far our young people have taken part in research trips, a residential, and written and published a radio play, ‘Wolf Whispers’ – follow this link to listen to it and to find out more. MED Theatre’s 2017 community play, The Howling, which toured Dartmoor villages in March was also one outcome of this project and the research carried out by its young participants.
Most recently, our large group of committed young participants have been kept busy with preparations for their upcoming short film. During summer half-term we had three full filming days on location at Burrator Reservoir, and Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading!
Keep visiting The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Last Wolf on Dartmoor page to stay up to date with upcoming activities and performances!
The Howling – MED Theatre’s 2017 community play breaks box office records!
Princetown Film Club is recruiting for a new season
MED has been running a fortnightly film club at Princetown Primary School during school year 2015-2016 working with children from the Forest of Dartmoor/Central Dartmoor area. The first season of this two year project is coming to an end and Moor Film Club is hosting the launch of their short film in July!
The project will be running for two years, supported by a Grant from the People’s Health Trust, and Moor Film Club will be starting again in September 2016. Newcomers are always welcome! Participants aged 7-13 years will have the opportunity to script, film and edit a film from their own ideas. Keep an eye out for updates on the project here…
2016 Community Play
MED Theatre’s 2016 community play ‘Refuge’ told the story of John Elford, a renegade parliamentarian who spoke out against Cromwell’s dictatorship during the English Civil War. Forced into hiding, he is believed to have concealed himself in a cave on Sheepstor, now better known as the ‘Piskie’s Cave’. Faced with hours of solitude, Elford took to painting on the walls of his hideout to pass the time. He has since been recorded in history as Dartmoor’s first visual artist… Visit the Refuge page for more information…
Our Wild Nights Young Company will be performing a small showcase of their plays on Friday 27th November in Moretonhampstead Village Hall at 7:30pm. Featuring stories of love, stories of loss, stories of refuge, separation and reconnection… come along and see what they have created! Tickets £5 adults, £4.50 concessions, £3 children. Ring 01647 441356 or email email@example.com to book.
MED Theatre and South West Lakes Trust have been working with young people aged 11-25 in an exciting new media project; the creation of a film exploring Burrator in the First World War. This project has been commissioned by DAISI and funded by HLF. Young people have been involved in all aspects of film making, including uncovering local stories about people and the surrounding area, creating a storyboard, writing the script, acting, directing, operating the camera, adjusting the sound, and editing the final footage to create a short film called ‘Burrator’s War’. The public launch for the film took place on Friday 20th November. To see photos from the shoot and for more information visit the Burrator project page.
In partnership with Moor than meets the eye: Telling the Dartmoor story…
This summer and autumn MED Theatre have been working under the Moor than meets the eye scheme, coordinated by Dartmoor National Park, to produce a community play which was performed this September in Bellever Forest. The play was inspired by the archeological findings at the Whitehorse Hill cist near Postbridge. The audience were invited to take walk through time, journeying through seven different periods in history from the Bronze Age through to the present day. For more information about the project visit the Whitehorse Hill page.
You can find out more about the Walk project on the The Walk page.
The Walk is a performance project based around a narrative poem by Mark Beeson, MED Theatre’s Artistic Director. Described by Ted Hughes as ‘powerful’ and ‘full of unique and marvelous things’ the poem describes a dream journey across Dartmoor, culminating in a vision of a more sustainable future. As well as hosting a number of participatory workshops, MED Theatre have been producing two new performance pieces as part of The Walk. The first piece was a shadow puppet play, devised and performed by MED Theatre’s core artistic team, which concluded a tour of Dartmoor at the end of May. The second piece was a dance drama, created and performed by Dartmoor’s young emerging artists. Intensive rehearsals for the dance drama took place in July and the piece was performed at the beginning of August in two outdoor locations followed by a tour of village halls. (Supported by a grant from Arts Council England).