MED Theatre has received a new grant from The Big Lottery Fund for their work with young people for a project called ‘Moor Connections’.
This three year project is a continuation and development of MED Theatre’s previous succesful project ‘Moor Young Voices’, which provided creative opportunities for young people aged 5 to 20 years living in a ruraly isolated area of Devon. The new project will also focus on making connections between communities through work with young people and their families and friends.
As a community based theatre, MED Theatre’s aim is to provide space and support for local people, with particular emphasis on young people, to come together to produce theatre which is both relevant and accessible, whilst increasing individuals’ self-esteem and aspirations, and developing links within isolated communities.
Throughout the Moor Connections project young people from across Dartmoor and the surrounding areas will continue to have the opportunity to take part in MED Theatre’s regular drama and playwriting clubs, as well as workshops in filmmaking, music, dance and design.
James Harcourt, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “This project has identified that helping local people to build friendships and connections will help the community to tackle issues that are important to them. We’re proud that our funding supports people who have identified what matters to them and their community and who want to make a positive change.”
MED Theatre’s work is inspired by the history, ecology and folklore of Dartmoor and surrounding Devon, as well as the pertinent social and environmental issues which face the residents of a National Park.
Participants from recent projects have said that our work has helped them to “grow social skills and confidence”, “meet new people across generations”, and “develop skills to interact with people of all ages”. Some of our recent projects include The Coast , a community play about plastic pollution and the tourism industry of the South West of England, and The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor – an 18 month project about Dartmoor’s local history and ecology inspired by memories of the wolf, last sighted locally in 1780, the many legends it has inspired, as well as the current re-wilding debate.
If you would like to get involved with our activities please contact MED Theatre for more information on 01647 441356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MED Theatre’s Wild Nights Young Company perform their original work
The three-day festival is dedicated to showcasing young talent from across Devon and will feature theatre, music, poetry and fine art – all by local young people.
MED Young Company will perform their piece on Sunday 8th July at 7pm and 8pm. The performance has been written and rehearsed by the 13-19 year old young participants of MED Theatre, and includes their original music.
For more information and tickets please visit the The Young Pretenders (TYP) website https://www.theyoungpretenders.co.uk/typify-festival.
Stapledon – A community play for Ashburton, based on the life of Walter Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter and High Treasurer of England under Edward II.
The play charts Stapledon’s life – from his humble origins coming from a farming family in North Devon, through his meteoric rise in the church and politics to become King Edward the Second’s most trusted diplomat and also his treasurer, to his murder by a London mob in 1326.
First play reading on Thursday, May 24th, at St Lawrence Chapel in Ashburton at 7pm.
Performances of this play will take place 27th, 28th and 29th September 2018.
Please get in contact with email@example.com if you are interested in taking part in this project.
In April 2018 MED Theatre worked together with Historic England and the year 6 class at Wolborough C of E Primary in Newton Abbot to bring part of history to life.
This Easter, come and join us in MED Theatre’s studio for a day of fun, frolics and folklore! We will play our way through local stories, MED songs and costume making ready for a sharing in the afternoon of all the fun we have had!
If you are aged 8-12 and are interested in joining us on Tuesday 10th April, 10am-3pm, please ask an adult to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01647 441356 to book you a place. £5 per participant, please bring along some snacks and a packed lunch.
We hope to see you there!
Video clip – Rusalka and the seal
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 latest community play The Coast explored the relationship of Dartmoor to the coast of the South West, and delved into the issue of plastic pollution of the oceans. Set in the fictional coastal village of Atlantis, the play made use of historicalaccounts of wreckers, as well as the folklore of Jack o’ Lantern and selchies, to explore modern conundrums in landscape conservation, development and planning.
To read the original script by Mark Beeson, follow this link: the Coast script
Thank you to all of our audiences, volunteer helpers and cast members for The Coast
‘A very absorbing story with multiple themes all revelant to local and current affairs as well as links to local legend & history. Fantastic showcase of young talent in drama and music. Great to see all age groups in the cast.’
‘Very topical and relevant at this time. Great integration of ages participating and local history and present day concerns.’
‘Brilliant seal & chuff puppets. Was of local interest using local people. Good mix of ages.’
‘Really lovely puppets! The music composition was an interesting new change – very beautiful singing and good ambient sounds. It was brilliant, thanks!’
‘I think all aspects were well thought through, especially the music. The puppets were beautiful and mesmerising!’
“It was good to see the age range and that it was tackling a subject (plastic pollution) so much in the limelight and so important. Lovely performance.’
‘MED Theatre effortlessly tells a thoughtprovoking story, with such simple means. Talented acting and a great way of getting the community together.’
For more information or to request a DVD of the play, please contact us via one of the below options.
MED Theatre: email@example.com , Tel: 01647 441356
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 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 the 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.
To book your tickets please contact MED Theatre’s office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01647 441356.
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.
September 23rd and 24th 2017, 6pm
Bellever Forest car park (PL20 6TU)
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.