‘Roots’ was an imaginative new work written by the MED Theatre’s first ever Wild Nights Young Company in 2005. It explored the concept of the ‘alien’ in both the natural and human world, and featured wolves from Dartmoor’s past, accusations of witchcraft, a detective from the present searching for a myth, beech trees, and a girl growing up into an uncertain future. The characters’ journey, ecological and at the same time psychological, visited tor, forest, cave, house, council chamber and the inner spaces of the imagination.
‘Roots’ was created by MED Theatre’s original Wild Nights Young Company, as part of the founding Wild Nights Young Company project in 2004-6. The cast included Alice Sutherland, Caz Stallion, Daisy Martinez, Daniel Rayner, Flo Wood, Heather Holcroft-Pinn, Jamie Holding, Jaye Noble, Laura Wilson, Matthew Holding, Mollie Millward-Nicholls, Nicola Oakey and Samantha Truckle. The project was financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme, the Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund, West Devon Borough Council and Devon County Council.