Recent and ongoing education projects

The Coronavirus pandemic has had implications on all of us who work in the education sector. We at MED Theatre have been left saddened by the cancellation of all of our workshops which had been scheduled for the summer and spring terms.

MED Theatre’s Education team is always available to offer suggestions for creative ways to teach and homeschool, and we’d love to hear from you if you wanted to discuss future projects.

We hope to see you all as soon as is possible!

As part of a festival of research workshops at Exeter University, MED Theatre were asked to come and lead a session on Outdoor and Experimental Theatre. It was a lovely morning with students from all year groups and we loved seeing their interpretations of some of our animal and elements texts, which were given a site-specific feel!

Students were particularly keen to hear about how MED Theatre uses the Dartmoor landscape as inspiration and how we go about turning scientific or environmental topics into performance art.

MED Theatre were invited to deliver a session for students of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. The session focused on MED Theatre’s Environmental work and how the environment influences our work with the community.

Students were given a short presentation on three of MED Theatre’s past projects, The Living Rock; Hot Air and The Wood. They were then introduced to our ‘stealth project’, taking texts about or from the perspective of natural elements or animals and shaping these into physicalised performances.
Thank you to all who took part and to Dr Michelle Nicholson-Sanz!

Applied Theatre students at the University of Plymouth recently took part in a workshop over Zoom, in which we shared our creative practice. We talked to them about how we integrate history, ecology and folklore into our work, and how we devise exercises and productions

Students were given the following blurb:

Come prepared to engage in both physical and text based exercises as we will use extracts of MED Theatre’s original plays to explore the interface between the human and natural world, share games that we use in the training of our community members, and make sure you bring your brain as we may ask you to be creative too! 

Living Rock; Hot Air and The Wood. They were then introduced to our ‘stealth project’, taking texts about or from the perspective of natural elements or animals and shaping these into physicalised performances.
Thank you to all who took part and to Dr Michelle Nicholson-Sanz!

Schools that we have performed Devon’s War Girls for:
North Tawton, Tedburn St Mary’s, Chagford, Moretonhampstead

As part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project, ‘Dartmoor, Devon and World War Two’, this short play has been created by MED Theatre staff to tour around school and community venues in the Devon area.

When war breaks out in 1939, Molly’s plans to go to university are shattered and instead she finds herself signing up as a Land Girl and boarding a train to Devon.

Meanwhile, a farmer’s daughter, Enid, is thrust into new experiences when Dartmoor suddenly becomes home to evacuees, soldiers, medics and, of course, the Land Girls.

This fast-paced, two-hander performance pulls inspiration from true local stories explored through the eyes of two young women and the wartime events that bring them together. Written and performed by MED Theatre’s professional staff, the stories draw from extensive research into local history.  We would like to thank Bill Hardiman of Moretonhampstead History Society, and Dartmoor historian Dr. Tom Greeves for their inspiration and support. 

At a time when theatres are dark, schools still aren’t able to welcome all students back and our connection to others is limited, MED Theatre would like to invite you to be Inspired By…

Our new online arts platform, Inspired By, was created especially for the current climate and seeks to keep creativity alive and accessible to those feeling isolated.
Since lockdown began in March 2020, MED Theatre has released a series of Dartmoor and Devon themed stories, images, music and films to kick-start your own creativity.