Dartmoor Rivers – New Young People’s Music Composition Project

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MED Theatre has kicked off its new year-long music project for young people – Dartmoor Rivers – with a workshop by composer and writer Gerard McBurney. Supported by a grant from The Michael Tippet Musical Foundation, this project will enable its young participants to receive training in music composition, and explore the subject of Dartmoor rivers as inspiration. The project will culminate in a concert of the young people’s compositions in Autumn 2018.

 

Whitehorse Hill – the history of Dartmoor promenaded through Bellever Forest in September 2017

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September 23rd and 24th 2017,  6pm
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On September 23 rd and 24th 2017 MED Theatre performed 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 was performed in collaboration with Princetown Primary School. Please follow this link to the ‘Whitehorse Hill’- page to read more.

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MED’s Young Company perform at TYPify Youth Arts Festival

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In July 2017 five members of MED Wild Nights Young Company performed at TYPify Festival, Exeter’s first dedicated youth arts festival.

Organised by MED Theatre’s previous Education Officer Lucy Hirst and her youth theatre company ‘The Young Pretenders’, TYPify Festival was held over three nights within the historic, burnt out walls of Poltimore House and showcased performances by young people from across Devon. The 20 minute original piece performed by MED Young Company had been devised over the previous week and was performed in the atmospheric old surgery of Poltimore House. It explored themes of rewilding and wolves on Dartmoor, linking it with MED’s other current and recent work.

New Young Company Film – ‘Re-wild’

DSC_6246During May half-term MED Theatre’s Wild Nights Young Company spent three successful days acting in, directing and producing their new film, Re-wild. The youngDSC_0915 company filmed on location at Burrator Reservoir for two days; for the third day the group traveled to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading where members of the young company were treated to informative talks and a chance to meet and document live wolves. The film will premiere in December 2017 together with a play the Young Company is also working on. The film comments on re-wilding issues that are current on Dartmoor; the play will explore the historical background of this debate.

To read more about ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ project that both the film and the play are part of, please follow the link.

MED actors perform Dartmoor myths at Okehampton museum

MED Theatre performed a selection of Dartmoor myths during the Easter holidays at The Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton. The myths, each linked to a specific part of Dartmoor’s history, took the audience on a tour of the museum, with several performances planned for one full day. Three myths, namely ‘The Hunted Hare’, ‘The Tinner of the Redbrook’ and ‘Knowles the Weaver’,  were brought to life by MED Theatre actors, with music and shadow, and each one linked to a specific area of Dartmoor’s history –  farming, tin mining and the wool industry.

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‘The Howling’ gathers record audiences

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MED Theatre finished its run of ‘The Howling’, a modern take on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ which toured Dartmoor villages in March 2017. ‘The Howling’ broke all previous box office records and received wonderful feedback from audiences at local village halls. Follow this link to The Howling page for audience comments, production photography, and to see the full production programme.

Community play reading

last-wolf-publicity-imagMED Theatre is beginning rehearsals for its new community play ‘The Howling’, to be performed in March. A contemporary take on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, the story will explore rewilding, and history of Dartmoor when wolves still existed on the moors.

If you are interested in taking part, either on or off stage, please contact MED Theatre on info@medtheatre.co.uk or call 01647 441356, in advance of the first play reading on December 11th. Participation is open to anybody from 10 years upwards, or 8 years if accompanied by parent.

MED Theatre’s young company launches a radio play

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The radio play, ‘Wolf Whispers’, has been written by MED Theatre’s young company, aged 13-19. It will be broadcast live on Soundart Radio on November 20th at 1.00pm, and is available for listening to on MED Theatre’s website at www.medtheatre.co.uk/wolf-whispers.

Wolves once roamed the forests of Dartmoor – their echo has left dark imprints on local myths, and inspired rumours of black dogs throughout history. Have you heard the patter of a hound’s paws across the moor?

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MED Theatre’s Young Company performs ‘The Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ at the River of Life Lantern Walk at Parke, Bovey Tracey

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Saturday 15th October

MED Theatre’s Young Company members who are part of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ project presented an interpretation of their research on wolves on Dartmoor, last sighted here in 1780. Inspired by the recent Complicite workshop, members of the Young Company devised a short physical theatre performance that told the story of the death of the last wolf on Dartmoor.  This was presented as part of ‘The River of Life Lantern Walk’, organised by Moor than Meets the Eye.

 

 

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Complicite Physical Theatre Workshop comes to Dartmoor

Saturday 8th October, full day, for 12-20 year olds
Sunday 9th October, full day, for all ages over 7

Renowned international theatre company Complicite will run two physical theatre workshops for MED Theatre.

Clive Mendus of Complicite will be giving two all-day workshops on Saturday October 8th for young people aged 12-20, and on Sunday October 9th for all ages of the community over 7, in Moretonhampstead Parish Hall, 10.00am-4.30pm. The workshops are part of MED Theatre’s exciting two-year project ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ supported by a grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund. Adults will be charged £15 for this workshop, but young people and children can take part free of charge. Places are limited, so book now at info@medtheatre.co.uk or call 01647 441356.

 

Princetown Film Club is recruiting for a new season

IMG_0797MED 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. Moor Film Club hosted the launch of their short film in July 2016!

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. Please contact education@medtheatre.co.uk for more details.

 

MED Theatre’s ‘Last Wolf’ project wins Heritage Lottery support

MED Theatre (Moretonhampstead) has received a new grant from Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme for an exciting 18 month project, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor’. Facilitated by MED Theatre’s creative practitioners, 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 inspired.

Young people from across Dartmoor and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to take part in a series of creative projects, including the creation of a radio play, a stage play, part of a community play and a short film, all inspired by wolves, their role in Dartmoor’s past and the myths behind the Victorian detective story The Hound of the Baskervilles. Research will begin this summer with field trips to Dartmeet and Castle Drogo, the locations of the last two wolf sightings, plus a visit further afield to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Berkshire. Trips to Buckfastleigh and Hound Tor will give the participants the chance to experience locations important for the creation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. A variety of arts workshops will also accompany the project, with opportunities for young people to learn new skills in physical theatre, radio, film, music, dance, sculpture and puppetry.
Though they are now extinct, wolves and wild dogs still live on in Dartmoor’s mythology, forming the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. Working alongside heritage professionals (including cultural environmentalist and historian Dr Tom Greeves), participants of ‘The Last Wolf’ project will gain a deeper insight into Dartmoor’s forgotten wildlife and its impact on our wider cultural heritage.

Commenting on the award, MED Theatre’s artistic director Mark Beeson said: ‘We are delighted to have received funding to enable us to carry out an ambitious project that integrates historical and ecological heritage.’

MED Theatre will be running a free taster workshop at Castle Drogo on 31st May. Please contact MED Theatre for more information on 01647 441356 or info@medtheatre.co.uk

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