A bright burst of pure hope

MED Theatre’s latest community play commission, SALMON , was part of the River Teign Restoration Project, a 4 year project which aims to encourage the communities along the river to engage with its history, nature and future.

SALMON was written by MED Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mark Beeson, and freelance consultant, Florrie Taylor, in collaboration with three young writers: Jasmine Fuller, Izzy Rowlands and Gwen Hendry.

This play was performed by community members in two outdoor settings beside the river, at Fingle Bridge and in Hearn field, Haccombe-with-Combe.

What's it about?

Unable to lift her spirits, teenager Amy seeks sanctuary in her favourite spot by the River Teign where, in her greatest moment of need, she saw something that so many others only dream of seeing – the salmon’s leap.

But since then, Amy’s days are consumed by dreams of the salmon, who talk with her and dance through her mind. Hilda, her best friend, is worried about how much time Amy is spending in this dream river world, but there are other very real issues that this riverside community is concerned by…

Hydro-electricity, pollution and a river ecosystem in decline – SALMON explores all of the issues that are affecting English rivers and how those who live closest to them might be able to help.

Performance dates

SALMON was performed on the following dates:

  • 4th September in Fingle Bridge Meadow, 2.30pm & 7pm
  • 5th September in Hearn Field, Haccombe-with-Combe, 7pm