MED Theatre ran a day of drama workshops to students at Kingsbridge College in November including the dynamic art of stage combat to inspire scenes of pantomimmic conflict!
Princetown Primary School and out-of-school young people from the Moretonhampstead area had the fantastic opportunity to make their own 3 minute short films, supported by the Lottery through the BFI’s First Light initiative, in February 2011. The young film-makers had complete control of their film creations, from the original plot idea, writing the script, composing the music, acting and directing, operating the cameras, editing the final piece and even hosting the launch events.
MED Theatre carried out a Playwriting into Performance workshop with a variety of teachers from the Devon area at the Learning Community Conference held at Okehampton College in October 2011. We also ran our ‘Ways into Devising for Primary Aged Pupils’ for a second year at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter. More to come in 2012!
In November 2011 MED Theatre took Exeter University students onto Dartmoor to share how we use the rich surrounding of the moorland to inspire performance work. The students visited the grave of Kitty Jay and learnt about the dance-drama documentary Grave Intimations inspired by the famous Dartmoor myth. To see more about this work visit our research website www.dartmoorresource.org.uk.
The play John Ford’s Story is about real Dartmoor characters from the 17th century, notably John Ford, the playwright from Dartmoor who was a contemporary of Shakespeare. Young people trained by MED Theatre created a “polished and professional” performance at the National Trust’s location of Buckland Abbey on September 24th. The talented teens created every part of the production from the writing and film to the masks and music. As part of the project the teens were also trained as workshop leaders and led drama workshops to primary school classes in order to share their heritage knowledge.
Every pupil at Lamerton Primary School took part in learning about the mining heritage and stories from their local area, and then worked together to devise and write their own play which they performed at the end of the week, along with making their own props and costumes. This project was supported by West Devon Borough Council.
Kenn Primary School years 5 and 6 students worked with MED Theatre’s education officer on creating a play from scratch inspired by their happiest memories at their school. They devised scenes which were then written up into a script which they performed at the end of term, integrated with song and animation.
Bovey Tracey Primary created their own film about a war between two different schools. Spy Schools was storyboarded, shot, acted and directed by the pupils at the end of the summer term.
MED Theatre carried out the third workshop in their Trees series on Sunday 8th May as part of the National Trust’s Full Bloom Festival that took place at Parke in Bovey Tracey. Drama exercises and games were used to explore a story about an orchard from greek mythology, which was vividly brought life as the workshop was taking place in the setting the National Trust orchard. Family participants learnt about and discussed how and why trees are important to us ecologically and personally.
Eighteen family learning participants workshopped the importance of trees in our everyday lives and explored folklore inspired by trees, on Friday 25th February at the National Trust property Castle Drogo. They used drama and storytelling to bring to life the stories with professionals from MED Theatre.
Young people from Hatherleigh, Boasley Cross and Northlew primary schools worked with MED Theatre’s proffessional playwright Mark Beeson on the key elements of verse in literature, and wrote their own play in verse. The presented their play to family and teachers at a rehearsed reading.
MED Theatre led the ‘Live Action on Stage’ film course where year 8 students from Coombeshead College made a film on the subject of light, rocks and microbes… all in one day!