The Howling – a new community play by MED Theatre

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The Howling is a contemporary take on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. The play explores issues around re-wilding, and the Dartmoor myths and history that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle and his co-creator Bertram Fletcher Robinson. At its root lies the enigmatic figure of Richard Cabell, who was Lord of Brook Manor near Buckfastleigh in the aftermath of the English Civil War, and after his death acquired a dubious reputation as a vampire. When an American claiming descent from Richard Cabell comes to a Dartmoor community with his English wife in search of his roots, he encounters more than he bargained for.

Friday 10th March: Manaton Parish Hall 
Saturday 11th March: Manaton Parish Hall
Tuesday 14th March: Southpark Community Centre, Buckfast 
Thursday 16th March: Nicholls Hall, Lydford
Friday 17th March: Moretonhampstead Parish Hall
Saturday 18th March: Moretonhampstead Parish Hall 

All performances begin at 7:30pm
Tickets £8 / £5 children under 16

Booking recommended

Purchase tickets here

or contact:
01647 441356


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 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



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

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?

River of Life Lantern Walk Performance

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


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 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 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


Refuge breaks box office records at MED Theatre!

Click on the gallery below to see production photos from MED Theatre’s 2016 community play ‘Refuge’ which completed it’s run at the end of March. Visit the Refuge page for more information about the production, including audience feedback and downloads.

Community play reading: Sunday 13th December, 6-8pm

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The first play reading for ‘Refuge’, MED Theatre’s 2016 community play, will take place on Sunday 13th December from 6-8pm. Do get in contact for more information: 01647 441356 or

‘Refuge: The English Civil War on Dartmoor’ will tell 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…

Whitehorse Hill: an ‘inspiring and magical play’!

The Whitehorse Hill community play was a huge success! One audience member said ‘it brought the history of Dartmoor to life!’  Visit the Whitehorse Hill page for more information about the performance…

Lantern workshops for Whitehorse Hill


MED has been busy running lantern making workshops in Princetown Primary School over the last few weeks, ready to be used in our Whitehorse Hill community play in September. Pupils from Princetown Primary will be performing in the play as lantern bearers, leading the audience on a promenade trail  around Bellever Forest.