‘Moor Voices’, funded by Arts Council England, will culminate in outdoor performances on both Dartmoor and Exmoor of a play which deals with the possibility of matriarchal societies in the Bronze Age, suggested by the mythology associated with marine mammals.
The project will involve community cast members, emerging artists and professional practitioners who will help to deliver the project alongside the MED Theatre team. Schools in the surrounding areas of Dartmoor and Exmoor will be given the opportunity to take part in workshops inspired by the project and one of the final performances will be live-streamed to allow audiences around the world to watch online.
‘Moor Voices’ is being co-ordinated by Florrie Taylor who will be working with us for a year beginning in September 2019.
The year is 1100 BC, and a Mycenean warrior from the Mediterranean lands at Totnes to find a culture which worships marine mammals.
Is it possible that he has stepped into a matriarchal society?
The Moor Voices project will begin development in summer 2019 and performances will take place in summer 2020 on both Dartmoor and Exmoor.
Our 2020 programme of workshops will be released in the new year.
MED Theatre welcomes you to our Moor Voices Project. For information about how you can get involved, please email email@example.com
So far we have run voice workshops led by Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis from the University of Exeter and physical theatre workshops led by Clive Mendus of Complicite. We have also begun work on a giant puppet under the supervision of international puppeteer Cariad Astles, and a score is being composed by Gillian Webster and Trefor Farrow.
Six emerging artists with Devon connections have been selected who will form the core of the production, working alongside community members in the cast.
We are currently about to embark on a series of school workshops on and around Exmoor as part of the outreach for the project. These are focusing on life in the Bronze Age with particular reference to the two moorland landscapes of Dartmoor and Exmoor containing some of the finest archaeological Bronze Age remains in Northern Europe.