MED Theatre and the National Trust partnered on a transition project working with year six students from Chagford Primary and year seven students from Okehampton College. The students worked together in learning about the history of the last castle built in England, and created lanterns under the guidance of artist Sandy Berridge, and performances with help from MED Theatre. The lantern procession took place on a crisp, cold winter night in the festive season.
Wild Nights Young Company performed a site-specific play at Dartmoor Prison’s Dairy Farm in November. The performance included a war dance from a dance troop of young people from the Princetown area and a short film that was shot on Dartmoor. The Honorary French Consul, Alain Sibril, attended the performance and commended the young people on creating an atmosphere that would’ve been very similar to 200 years before.
Young people from MED Theatre who are part of the War Prison at Princetown Project have trained and led drama and puppet making workshops to primary school children, as a creative method of passing on the knowledge that they had acquired throughout the course of the project about their local heritage. Tavistock Primary and Princetown Primary School pupils gave the teens warm welcomes.
Moretonhampstead, Widecombe, Kenn and Bovey Primary Schools all received MED Theatre’s longest standing course this year, Playwriting and Performance. The course, led by a professional playwright and a professional actor empowers the students to come up with the plot, write or devise the script and act and direct in their very own play.
West Exe Technology College requested a bespoke workshop to complement the curriculum needs of their year 10 drama students. After working on a character building workshop with MED Theatre they later ventured out to the theatre company’s studio on Dartmoor to share the short performances that had been inspired by these characters.
After visiting MED Theatre’s base on the Dartmoor National Park and being taken out on to the moor to explore the surrounding environment, students from the applied drama course at the university received an About Community Theatre workshop, to get MED Theatre’s slant on community theatre practice.
Yes, it is as jam-packed as it sounds! Students from Teignmouth Community College worked intensively with MED Theatre over the course of a day. They created a series of short plays which they had written and performed by the end of the day.
January 2009 – Junior Drama Club members performed their exciting collection of short plays that they have been writing on tuesday evenings. They had the valuable experience of taking responsibility for their own performance which was a delight to watch for family and friends invited.
February 2009 – In conjunction with MED Theatre’s community play Snow , sponsored by the Met Office, about the extreme weather conditions of the winter of 1962/63, students will be led in a workshop exploring the themes of snow, past memories, and capturing moments in history through drama. The changing climate in our locality will be investigated, focusing on how people coped with weather conditions in the past and what we would do today.