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 will 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.
The project is now running, and so far our young people have taken part in research trips, a residential, and have started writing a radio play. Click here to see pictures from our recent activities and to read more!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).