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.
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.
Thank you to all of our audiences, volunteer helpers and cast members forThe 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.’
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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.
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.
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.
During 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 young 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.
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.
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.