Performances of young people’s plays
December 8th 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Moretonhampstead Village Hall
Ticket £7 / £5
Dartfest 2018 is MED Theatre’s celebration of new writing and composition by young people, inspired by the rivers of Dartmoor. The production consists of a series of plays and music pieces all written and performed by members of our young company, Wild Nights. They have undergone a process of idea generating, draft writing and script editing under the supervision of our expert playwright Mark Beeson before moving on to a developmental rehearsal process undertaking roles such as directing and stage design in addition to performing. The performances explore life on Dartmoor combining the imaginary with themes of loneliness, friendship, betrayal and suspicion.
The music part of this project has taken inspiration from Dartmoor Rivers and has included a session recording underwater sounds of streams and waterfalls, alongside a number of workshops when the young people learned about various composing techniques, notably one from Gerard McBurney (former Artistic Programming Advisor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Trefor Farrow, conductor of the Collati Singers and the Damerel Belles, and Gillian Webster, MED Theatre’s music mentor. The music strand is supported by a grant from the Michael Tippett Foundation.
Still images from our Saturday 8th December performance:
Stapledon – A community play for Ashburton, based on the life of Walter Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter and High Treasurer of England under Edward II.
The play charts Stapledon’s life – from his humble origins coming from a farming family in North Devon, through his meteoric rise in the church and politics to become King Edward the Second’s most trusted diplomat and also his treasurer, to his murder by a London mob in 1326.
Performances take place in the grand St Lawrence Chapel in Ashburton in September 2018.
Dartmoor Rivers – New Music Composition Project for Young People
Dartmoor Rivers is MED Theatre’s new year-long music project, supported by a grant from The Michael Tippet Musical Foundation. Kicked off in October 2017 with a workshop by composer and writer Gerard McBurney, this project will enable its young participants to receive training in music composition, and guidance in finding inspiration for their pieces in the subject of Dartmoor rivers. Whilst supporting MED Theatre’s drama projects along the year, Dartmoor Rivers project will culminate in a concert of the young people’s compositions in Autumn 2018.