HOUSE NUMBER 13 – by BOVEY PRIMARY
This July we have been working with year six pupils at Bovey Tracy Primary School to create their short film ‘House Number 13′. The pupils devised an exciting and imaginative plot line, mixing haunted houses, witches’ curses and magic riddles, all with the theme of bullying at it’s centre.
Our project, ‘The Walk,’ funded by Arts Council England, produced mesmerising performances in dance-drama and shadow puppetry. Alongside these performances, we have been developing outreach workshops to share the material more widely. The award winning poem was used as a stimulus for outreach workshops with family learners at Castle Drogo and Postbridge Village Hall, as well as pupils in rural and urban Devon schools. In October Bowhill Primary School in Exeter received this workshop and were inspired by the award winning poem to physically go outside to explore their surrounding environment, seeing dragons in trees and faces in puddles, which they then turned into their own dramatic journeys. If you believe your students would be interested in devising work as a response to their environment and getting creative about sustainability, then please contact our education officers on: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a number of years Kenn Primary School year 5s and 6s have been mentored by MED Theatre to devise their own script for their leavers project. This last year they got creative with the world of Hogwarts and magically wove in their own stories of the most fun and proud moments of their time at Kenn – the witches and wizards even broke into song at the end!
BRIGHT NIGHTS PLAY SHOWCASE
On Sunday 21st June our Bright Nights drama group presented their plays from playwriting club to an invited audience in Moretonhampstead Parish Hall. It was a great opportunity for them to show their families and friends what they have been working on and see their ideas taking shape.
EXETER UNIVERSITY WORKSHOP
MA and third year Applied Drama students joined MED Theatre professionals at Exeter University exploring how we practice community theatre with rurally isolated communities. They were set the task of adapting our style to their own community groups and some really exciting project ideas were born! Dr Kerrie Schaefer tweeted: ‘Big thankyou to @medtheatre for masterclass with MA Applied @UofEDrama exploring use of folklore as stimulus with community groups!’
Set on post-apocalyptic Dartmoor in a world with no adults, a group of surviving children from Moretonhampstead Primary seize hold of the school’s last remaining resources and set up camp. All is well for a short time, until a group of refugees from Exeter arrive and disrupt the new status quo… A story about team-work, ‘Lord of the Pies’ was a promenade play, devised and performed by year six pupils at Moretonhampstead Primary School and mentored by MED Theatre.
THE WALK SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS
As part of the Arts Council funded project The Walk our education officer Grace Swordy ran two workshops with students at Boasley Cross in March and Widecombe in May. We explored our local environments, looking out for shapes and images in nature, and brought them back to class to inspire drama and creative writing activities. Both schools created some really interesting pieces and responded beautifully to their surroundings.
RADIO PLAY – The Cavalier of Blackadon Tor
Gifted and talented pupils from Hatherleigh, Northlew, South Tawton and Lewtrenchard primary schools came together to create a radio play based on the Dartmoor myth of the Cavalier of Blackadon Tor.
Victorian Plymouth was the theme for a play by pupils at Whitleigh Community Primary School in Plymouth, facilitated by MED Theatre. The pupils wrote the play, performed it and provided their own music. It was based on a story taken from a Victorian sea shanty about a Plymouth girl deserted by a sailor .