Families gathered in Exeter at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s building St Nicholas Priory in the October half term 2012. Their task was to create a film and animation that would act as an introduction for children visiting the old, beautiful building, telling them what is of interest from a young person’s point of view.
MED Theatre took part in Natural England’s Lanterns and Lights event at Pullabrook Wood on a wet weekend in October… thankfully the rain held off for the event and it was a very special evening full of story, performance and lanterns… and a little bit of mud! MED Theatre’s education officer had children and families talking to adders who were hiding in trees, and flying like owls through the dark woodland. A truly magical evening!
The last week of the summer term 2012 was filled with black comedic fun when students from Teign Academy wrote and recorded their own radio play about a school trip that ends with murderous consequences. They skillfully managed to make this a comedy by using their own creativity through sound effects, comical writing and even rapping!
Half of Cornwood Primary School worked intensively with MED Theatre over a week to create from start to finish their very own play inspired by thoughts from older people in the local community about what Dartmoor means to them, as well as local folklore and ghost stories!
The top years at Kenn Primary worked together to devise their own script with mentoring from MED Theatre, combining all of their fond and funny memories of their time at Kenn… the play ended up being a mock version of a news report… very funny!
Moretonhampstead Primary’s top year, wrote and performed their own play in the summer term 2012 which highlighted the issues of climate change through using the framework of some wood elves being teleported from the wet wilds of Dartmoor to the arid desert! This workshop was part of the education branch of MED Theatre’s year long programme Catchment, supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery.
Widecombe Primary School pupils also explored the watery themes of MED Theatre’s Catchment programme when taking part in a course on devising theatre, turning a story about a last tree left in a desert, into a drama.
3-10 year olds took part in drama sessions led by MED Theatre’s education officer during the summer holiday. They explored all sorts like trees, brown hares and greek and dartmoor folklore through drama.
A Radio Play – MED Theatre mentored 4 MA students from Exeter University to create a radio play inspired by interviews with veterans from the Armed Forces and their families. In the interviews the students found out about their experiences of the transition from the forces in to civilian life. The radio play is available to be used by schools as an education tool, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding this area. Click here to listen to the play which is split into three manageable sections.
A young group of teenagers worked with MED Theatre over an intensive film-making day in half-term. They focussed on their favourite animals whilst giving a behind the scenes documetary account of the zoo. Check it out on YouTube. David Attenborough, watch out!
190 year 7 pupils from Tavistock College took part in a multi-arts day run by MED Theatre in February. Six different artists ran workshops in animation, film, drama, physical theatre, wearable art and music to inspire pupils to explore and express their aspirations for the future. The day ended with an eclectic sharing in a variety of art forms giving each students a chance to voice their dream.
MED Theatre carried out a brand new workshop on physical theatre for secondary students at ISCA College in January 2012. The session was inspired by the work of the German choreographer Pina Bausch as well as surrealist artists and musicians such as Magritte, Munch, Dali and Satie.
BTEC students at West Exe Technology College took inspiration from Dartmoor’s Castle Drogo, the last castle built in England, to create well developed and fascinating characters from different eras in a MED Theatre workshop. They went on to make an impressive site-specific drama which they performed at the castle itself, bringing to life moments in time in an atmospheric and humorous way.
Gifted and Talented students from Hatherleigh, Northlew and Boasley Cross primaries worked in small teams to create their own written stories which they later brought to life through the device of african storytelling, a practical, dramatic presentation with a narrator figure leading the story. The course took place in early 2012.