2007

Dartmoor Myth-making workshop

We very much enjoyed working with Year 6 pupils at Marlborough Primary School, Plymouth on the 5th December. The group learned about Dartmoor myths and created drama based on their own myth ideas.

The Mine

Moretonhampstead Primary School pupils successfully performed their play The Mine, in front of their school, friends and family on Friday 7th December. MED Theatre worked with Year 6 pupils for 8 weeks on this playwriting project. The group wrote their own play, which explores the history of the tin-mining industry on Dartmoor through a story about medieval schoolchildren and some unexpected visitors from outer space!

DARTFEST

Congratulations to Wild Nights Young Company on their first Dartfest Playwriting Festival held on the 23rd and 24th November. We hope to expand the opportunities provided by this project in 2008.

The Children’s Castle

MED Education worked with our Wild Nights Young Company to produce a promenade performance at Castle Drogo. Performances took place on the 15th and 16th August.

Coombeshead College Summer Holiday Project:

Radio Playwriting for 10-15 year olds – MED Theatre spent a week with a group of 12 young people, exploring the myths of Dartmoor, and visiting Wistman’s Wood. The group were inspired to write their own radio play, which they then acted out and recorded as a radio play.

The Walk To School – Friday 20 July 2007

Widecombe Primary School Year 6 pupils wrote, directed and acted in their own play. The production was based on the history of their school, in the context of the anniversary of the move of their school to it’s current site. They played Victorian schoolchildren, caught up in the Jan Coo myth. They performed to parents, friends, teachers and fellow school pupils.

Lost Roots

A film project. June 2007 – MED Education and the Wild Nights Young Company worked in collaboration with Coombeshead College Media and two independent film-makers to make the First Light funded short film, Lost Roots.

ACTION DRAMA

Festival of nine short plays – MED Education worked with 11 undergraduate students at Exeter University on their “Applied Drama” module. The students ran a course with participants from the local area. MED Theatre supported the students in their role as mentors and workshop leaders. Each participant wrote, acted in and/or directed their own plays which were shown at a mini-festival, Exeter University, on Friday 11 May. The project was supported by the Aimhigher Peninsula Programme, through Community Action at Exeter University. MED Theatre is excited to learn that several of the participant’s are now forming their own theatre company to develop new writing – we look forward to seeing their first production!

The Snow People and The Glowing Rocks

BOVEY TRACEY STUDENTS SAVE THE WORLD! Students at Bovey Tracey Primary School recently worked with MED Theatre to explore issues of Climate Change by writing and performing a play titled The Snow People and The Glowing Rocks. The writers explored global warming through a creative storyline of parrallel worlds.

Performed for the first time on Thursday 25th March, this was a great success for the team of playwrights. The 20 Bovey Tracey Primary School pupils wrote, directed and acted in their own play.

Cassiterides

The Romans on Dartmoor – The community company production completed a very successful run in March. Congratulations to all involved. Workshops exploring Cassiterides were held for MA Applied Drama students at Exeter University and GCSE Drama students at West Exe Technology College, Exeter. We really enjoyed exploring the play with these groups.