What If...?

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A huge thank you to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting our new exciting project ‘What if…?’

‘What if…?’ is an in-depth exploration of the historical impact humans have had on the planet since the hunter-gatherer era. We’ll ask the questions: What if the introduction of farming and deforestation in Devon had never happened? What if the road building of the Improvers on Dartmoor and the digging of peat for fuel hadn’t happened? How would our landscape look now, and what would our current-day life be like?

This ‘research into performance’ project will use a combination of educational, artistic, and research activities to investigate the local history of the climate crisis with Devon communities. It will lead to exciting creative and educative interpretations including a young people’s festival of plays and a rural touring intergenerational community play.

Check out our digital resource pack: Mesolithic Digital Resources Pack

'What if...?' project ACTIVITIES

DARTMOOR DAY OUT 

~ Saturday 21st October 2023 at ‘On the Hill’: 10am – 8pm

DARTFEST 

~ Saturday 11th November 2023 in Moretonhampstead Parish Hall: 2pm and 4:30pm

COMMUNITY PLAY FIRST READING 

~ Sunday 10th December in the MED Theatre studio: 6pm – 8pm

COMMUNITY PLAY – The Experiment 

~ 5th and 16th of March in Manaton Parish Hall, 19th in Winkleigh Village Hall, 20th in Buckfast Southpark Hall, and 22nd and 23rd in Moretonhampstead Parish Hall

CREATIVE RESEARCH MORNING

~ Saturday 20th April: 10am

~ Coffee and cake with historical presentations about prehistoric Dartmoor at East Dart Hotel. Followed by an optional walk to explore the research in-situ within the local landscape.

DARTMOOR RESIDENTIAL

~ 4th to 6th May 2024 at ‘On the Hill’

For more information or to take part in any of the above please e-mail info@medtheatre.co.uk

UPCOMING YOUNG PEOPLE'S OPPORTUNITIES

2024 COMMUNITY PLAY - THE EXPERIMENT

Click here for more information about MED Theatre’s 2024 community play – The Experiment. 

DartFest 2023

In a festival of new work, young people from Dartmoor and surrounding areas explored the themes of historic changes to our environment and the role played by our predecessors in our current climate crisis. 

In two performances, three pieces of work were presented by participants of MED Theatre’s after-school groups, taking audiences on a journey, delving into the history of climate change and offering a taste of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

It was a great success, with the second performance being sold out! Well done to all our young performers, directors, and tech crew!