‘Wolf Whispers’ – the Young Company’s radio play – had a successful launch on Tuesday November 15th in the MED Theatre Studio, and the feedback from an invited audience was great. ‘Wolf Whispers’ can be listened to at the link below.
MED Theatre’s Young Company have a busy weekend behind them. The 12-19 year old participants of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ project have spent the weekend in the grand surroundings of Castle Drogo acting and recording their very own radio play. The radio play, which explores controversies surrounding the writing of The Hound of the Baskervilles, times when wolves still roamed Dartmoor, and a seventeenth century vampire Richard Cabell, is the outcome of the young people’s thorough research which they have carried out with the help of MED Theatre’s facilitators throughout 2016.
You will find the podcast link for the finished radio play here on MED Theatre’s website once the team has finished the editing process. Stay tuned!
‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ project is well on its way!
So far, our young people involved have received an inspirational visit from an animal behaviourist and wolf expert Kirsty Peake, and began to research the topic of re-wilding as well as the history of extinction of wolves on Dartmoor. In May we visited Pengelly Trust Centre and the tomb of the alleged 17th century vampire Richard Cabell and learnt about the mysteries related to his life and death. More recently some of us took part in a weekend residential at Pixies Holt – near one of the possible sites where the last wolf on Dartmoor is said to have been killed. As well as grilling marshmallows by a camp fire, we began planning a radio play which explored the controversy around the writing of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’.
Over the next year ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor’ project will see young people producing their own stage play, a short film, a community play as well as the radio play.
The project is for young people aged 12-19 – please get in contact with MED Theatre if you are interested in taking part, and follow the project updates here!
MED Theatre has received a new grant from Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots 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 provoked.
Dartmoor’s young people 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 dectective 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 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.