Part of our HLF funded Young Roots project, The Hound of The Baskervilles and The Last Wolf on Dartmoor, this new play written and performed by MED Theatre’s Wild Nights Young Company explored the period of development on the moors that saw roads built and agriculture increasing. The play integrates the legend of Kitty Jay with a legend about the last wolves in Britain, which were rumoured to have been shot on Dartmoor at this time.
In the 1780s, at a time of great change on Dartmoor, roads and houses are built, moorland is enclosed and conifer forests replace the native scrub. But how did the improvers’ dreams of turning the Moor into an agricultural prairie impact its wild inhabitants? And would the new roads really prepare the way for prosperity on Dartmoor?
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The performance included a showing of the young company’s short film The Last Wolf. The evening was a celebration of young local talent; the 13-19 year old participants of MED Theatre’s young company researched and scripted both the film and play, and composed their own music.