In June 2018, we worked with Year 6 Pupils at Moretonhampstead Primary School to create a play based on the legend of the Trojans in Devon. This was written, directed and acted by the children involved, and performed to the school and parents.
We have been working with West Exe School year 7 and 8 pupils on a verbatim project, funded by The Norman Family Charitable Trust. Verbatim means “Word for Word” and in this case refers to the words of the older generations living in Exeter.
In April 2018 we paid a visit to Age UK West Exe Day Care Centre where the students were fortunate enough to meet some of the service users and speak to them about how life once was in Exeter and how they view teenagers today. Later in the spring the pupils will work on piecing together some of the views of the older generation into short performances to share with the group at AgeUK in June.
In April 2018 we were delighted to work with Historic England and Newton Abbot Museum to spend a day speaking about the great riot of Newton Abbot in January 1908, in which the famous Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was chased by local young men and badly hurt.
The day began with a short performance by MED Theatre staff, of the speeches given by Emmeline Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. There was even the daring interruption of a local farmer (played by Silas Welsh) in which he proposed to Emmeline, much to her distaste. The performance took place in the centre of Newton Abbot, near to where the riot took place, and was watched and participated in by the Year 6 class of Wolborough C of E primary school who then took part in a workshop, led by MED, that gave them some insight into the frustrations felt by the Women Suffrage supporters of the early 1900’s.
Thank you to Historic England and to all the school, who were wonderfully welcoming and particularly to the year 6 class for their energy in joining in!