A promenade performance of dartmoor's history

The Whitehorse Hill Community play tells a story inspired by the archeological finds at the Whitehorse Hill cist near Postbridge. Who could the girl in the prehistoric grave have been? Why was she so important? As part of  the Moor than meets the eye Landscape Partnership scheme, MED Theatre created a play that explored how our ideas of heritage, knowledge and female strength have been passed down and evolved through time. The performance consisted of scenes from seven different periods of history, all inspired by key events in central Dartmoor’s past. Led by lantern bearers with lanterns made by Princetown Primary school, the audiences were taken on a journey through history in the magical Bellever Forest. 

Rehearsal photos for the 2019 performance

What's it about?

In 2011, a tomb discovered on Whitehorse Hill was excavated. Hidden and protected by the peat for so long, the various delicate treasure found told of ancient skills and crafor more information regarding the historic and mythical stories behind Whitehorse Hill please visit the Dartmoor Resources page here.tmanship, giving us a storring insight into a Dartmoor Bronze Age culture and its burial rites. Curiousity was sparked in the hearts of many as we wondered: who was the young woman in the cist? Why was she so important, and how did she die? Inspired by the find and fuelled by the magic of delving into the past, MED Theatre created this community play, charting Dartmoor’s history from the Bronze Age to present day over seven different periods.

For more information regarding the historic and mythical stories behind Whitehorse Hill please visit the Dartmoor Resources page here.

Performance dates

Phase 1 of the Whitehorse Hill project took place in  September 2015, phase 2 in September 2017 and phase 3 in September 2019.

Whitehorse Hill performance highlights and photos across the five years