Current 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 term.

We had been looking forward to: creating a film with Moretonhampstead Primary School; exploring the Bronze Age with Okehampton College and South Dartmoor Community College students; a creative writing course with pupils from Winkleigh and Northlew and their neighbouring schools; collaborations with Beaford Arts, DAISI and Beacon Arts.

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!

From the 6th to the 14th August 2020 our Education team, Abby and Helen, were working with BEACON ARTS, an arts organisation based in North Dartmoor that works with the communities of South Zeal, Sticklepath and South Tawton.

We began our workshops on Zoom, using the online platform to share the story of ‘The White Bird of the Oxenhams’ and to get to know one another using games and fun activities.

In the week from 10th to 14th August, Helen met with ten young people from the South Tawton area to devise a short sharing of the local story and to create their own version of this popular legend.

To read the group’s version of ‘THE WHITE BIRD OF THE OXENHAMS’ click here.

 

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.

Students at Ivybridge Community College exploring images of 'worship'

As part of our Arts Council funded project, Moor Voices, MED Theatre have been visiting schools on Exmoor and Dartmoor and delivering workshops that explore our themes of Bronze Age civilisation and the possibilities of a matriarchal society. We have really enjoyed working with the students that have taken part from Minehead Middle School, Dulverton Junior School, Ivybridge Community College, Lynton C of E Primary, Parracombe C of E Primary, East Anstey Primary School and Okehampton College. You have all been fantastic to work with and have really embraced the exploration into local history using drama. 

 

THE WORKSHOP CONTENT

Our Moor Voices workshop leads students and teachers through a series of drama-based exercises that ignites meaningful discussions and discoveries about our past and present.
 
We begin with a fun and physical warm up, getting the young people to work together to make certain group images in response to a specific word. These words are taken from Bronze Age history for example Quincunx, Stone Circle, Reeve and Smelting. By working practically with these words it enables students to better understand how these historical features would have looked and worked, whilst also generating discussion about the landscape of today.
 
The overarching theme we explore is the possibility that in Bronze Age societies there may have been a more female led rule – something that students are quite shocked by and leads to fascinating discussions about female empowerment and society.
 
This workshop is fun and thought provoking that actively encourages students to engage in discussion and debate as well as enjoy the freedom that drama brings. 

Another of MED Theatre’s current focuses is our National Lottery Heritage Fund supported ‘Dartmoor, Devon and World War Two’ project.

Through this project we are exploring the lives of those who lived in and around rural areas of Devon during the Second World War and its aftermath. Themes include: changes in agriculture and land use, including Dartmoor’s use as training ground for the military;  changes in attitudes, including advances in feminism and the Women’s Land Army’s influence; evacuees, and those who sought safety in rural Devon.

MED Theatre are creating a short play that will make use of these themes to tell a story of local life during the war and we are inviting schools, education centres and places of care for the elderly to contact us if you would like us to come and perform this show for your students! 

Research session with Wild Nights Young Company and Dr. Tom Greeves

September 2019 Education Newsletter

As part of the Arts Council England funded project, Moor Voices, MED Theatre are offering schools across Dartmoor and Exmoor the free opportunity to take part in creative workshops. Utilising up-to-date research into local Bronze Age history and links with Greek mythology,  MED will explore with pupils life in the Bronze Age and the role of women in the communities of our past. Teachers, open our newsletter to read more about how to access our opportunities…