HOW THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING MED THEATRE

social distancing and lockdown

MED Theatre is a community organisation that creates work with and for the rurally isolated residents of Dartmoor National Park and surrounding Devon, and although the COVID-19 pandemic means that some of our work has had to be adapted, we continue to offer creative opportunities through our online presence.

Please see below to find out how all of our current projects are being affected by the pandemic and our intentions for continuing despite the challenges being faced.

If you or a family member would like any more information about how you can get involved in one of these projects from your own home, please contact MED Theatre’s Education Officer, Helen, via email at helengilbert@medtheatre.co.uk.

MOOR VOICES

‘Moor Voices’, supported by Arts Council England, will culminate in outdoor performances on both Dartmoor and Exmoor of a play which deals with the possibility of matriarchal societies in the Bronze Age, suggested by the mythology associated with marine mammals.

The project involves community cast members, emerging artists and professional practitioners who will help to deliver the project alongside the MED Theatre team.

Prior to the lockdown, MED Theatre were fortunate enough to have visited many schools across Exmoor and Dartmoor with the ‘Moor Voices’ Bronze Age workshops, reaching over 600 young people in total.

Despite the current situation, rehearsals for our production of ‘Daughters of Sunset’ are underway in the beautiful outdoor setting of Bridford Amphitheatre, and we have loved having our community members back with us!

For more information regarding Moor Voices click the link below or contact Project Coordinator Florrie Taylor at florrietaylor@medtheatre.co.uk.

INSPIRED BY...

Here’s something new!

Inspired By… is a new online arts platform created especially for our current climate that seeks to keep creativity alive and accessible to those feeling isolated.
MED Theatre will be releasing a range of Dartmoor and Devon themed stories, images, music and film to kickstart your own creativity and be Inspired By…

Have a watch of our promotional video for Inspired By… or click the link below to see what we have shared so far!

DARTMOOR, DEVON AND WORLD WAR TWO

In an effort to preserve precious heritage, in the form of the memories and first-hand experiences of the local wartime generation, this project will offer the opportunity for younger members of the rural Devon communities to carry out research and oral history interviews that can be used in the creation of various creative outputs.

In order to keep the project going during this period, the MED Theatre education team and Artistic Director will continue to meet, via online chat, with our young company members. The members will also carry out research and writing elements of the project from their homes.

Meanwhile, the MED Theatre team will be working from home on their own research, on gathering oral histories where possible and on the creation of a short play which is intended to be toured around Devon education and care centres later in the year.

 

2020 COMMUNITY PLAY

For more than 35 years, MED Theatre have been producing original drama to be performed by community members and toured around Dartmoor and Devon.

MED Theatre’s 2020 community play ‘The Murder of Nicholas Radford’ explored the motivations behind one of the most notorious private murders of the 15th century, which contributed to the start of the Wars of the Roses, and may have had its origins in a Dartmoor tin-mining dispute.

Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, MED Theatre was sadly given no choice but to cancel three out of the five performances of this community play.

HOWEVER, we were able to deliver two performances which were recorded and can be viewed at request. Please email Helen for more information – helengilbert@medtheatre.co.uk

We would like to thank  our Members and Friends during this time, and Arts Council England, The National Lottery and their players and Dartmoor National Park for their extra support.