MED Theatre is awarded National Lottery Grant

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 info@medtheatre.co.uk