Hearsay plays a huge part in our lives and has done so down the ages. The story of how ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ came to be written is no exception. In the background lies the folk memory of the wolves that roamed Dartmoor only a few hundred years ago.
‘Wolf Whispers is written’ and acted by MED Theatre’s young company members, aged 13-19. The radio play is part of MED Theatre’s exciting eighteen-month project ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor‘ supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The story explores murderous controversies surrounding the writing of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, ostensibly by Arthur Conan Doyle, and travels back to times when wolves still roamed Dartmoor and the reputation of a seventeenth century vampire Richard Cabell terrified the people of Buckfastleigh. The ambitious play is the outcome of the young people’s research, which they have carried out with the help of MED Theatre’s facilitators through most of 2016. It was recorded on location at the National Trust’s Castle Drogo for its atmospheric acoustics and authentic outdoor Dartmoor sounds. Music has also been composed specifically for this play by this talented youth group.
‘Wolf Whispers’ was broadcast on Soundart Radio at 1.00pm on Sunday November 20th, and is now available as a YouTube file, as an audio file, and in script form on this page.
Special thanks to Paula Clarke, Sheila Danehurst, Bryher Mason, Dr Tom Greeves, Kirsty Peake, Dr Kevin Cox, Mark Norman, Trefor Farrow, Trever Cronin and Phoebe Moore