The Walk was a performance project based around a narrative poem by Mark Beeson, MED Theatre’s Artistic Director. Described by Ted Hughes as ‘powerful’, ‘unlike anything else, in good ways’ and ‘full of unique and marvelous things’, the poem describes a dream journey across Dartmoor, culminating in a vision of a more sustainable future. Through The Walk, MED Theatre aimed to encourage its participants to engage both in the performing arts and with the natural environment. As well as hosting a number of participatory workshops, MED Theatre produced two new performance pieces as part of the Walk; a shadow puppet play devised and performed by MED Theatre’s core artistic team, and a dance drama toured in outdoor and indoor versions by Dartmoor’s young emerging artists. The project also involved work with a number of schools, secondary and primary, rural and urban. Some writing by school pupils was included as part of the projections used in the indoor version of the dance drama.
You can visit The Walk Dance Drama page for more information.
Over July and August 2015 MED Theatre worked with young people aged 16-25 from the local area to develop an experimental dance drama, inspired by The Walk poem. Intensive rehearsals took place in July and culminated in a site-specific performance at the beginning of August, followed by a tour to village halls with the addition of multi-media. Visit the Dance Drama page for performance information
Professional artists provided input on three levels; as creative mentors, as fellow performers and through additional training workshops. Research for the drama began in summer 2014 when MED Theatre ran a residential at Pixie’s Holt, an immersive weekend on Dartmoor filled with walking, writing and devising. MED also hosted several workshops across the summer and autumn of 2014 and into 2015: a physical theatre workshop with Elizabeth Humber, sensory dance workshops with Rosalyn Maynard, physical theatre workshops with Clive Mendus (Complicite), a folk music workshop day with David Faulkner (Wren Music), music workshops with Gillian Webster and Family Learning workshops with Abby Stobart and Grace Swordy.
You can visit THE WALK SHADOW PLAY page for more information.
The Walk shadow play was developed throughout the winter of 2014/2015 and toured Dartmoor village halls during April and May. Incorporating live music, poetry, story telling and puppetry, the play was intended for intergenerational audiences (aged 8+) and was developed and performed by MED Theatre’s core artistic team. Visit The Walk Shadow Play page.
The Walk project is supported by a grant from Art Council England.
Complicite Physical Theatre Workshops
For all ages…
Family Learning Workshop at Postbridge with Grace Swordy
The Walk Residential (Photos by residential participants)
Summer Physical Theatre Workshop with Elizabeth Humber
Folk Music Day with David Faulkner (Wren Music)