In the 1780s, at a time of great change on Dartmoor, roads and houses are built, moorland is enclosed and conifer forests replace the native scrub. But how did the improvers’ dreams of turning the Moor into an agricultural prairie impact its wild inhabitants? And would the new roads really prepare the way for prosperity on Dartmoor?
Wolf’s End, a new drama by MED Theatre’s Wild Nights Young Company, explores this period of development and integrates the legend of Kitty Jay with a legend about the last wolves to be killed in Britain, rumoured to have been shot on Dartmoor at this time.
The performance included a showing of the young company’s short film The Last Wolf. The evening s a celebration of young local talent; the 13-19 year old participants of MED Theatre’s young company researched and scripted both the film and play, and composed their own music.
Both of these creative outputs are part of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Last Wolf on Dartmoor project which has been running since spring 2016, supported by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. During this 18-month project MED Theatre’s young company has also produced a radio play Wolf Whispers, written for and acted in a multi-generational community play The Howling , and made the film The Last Wolf.