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THE SHADOW OF THE VIKINGS
Theatre's new Dartmoor community play for 2013
research suggests that Dartmoor was used by the Anglo-Saxons
as summer pasture where girls took their cattle up from
the manors of surrounding Devon to make butter. Meanwhile
the threat of the Viking raiders came and went, and finally
came again with a vengeance in the form of the sack of Tavistock
Abbey in 997, followed by total conquest. The contrast between
this idyllic summer activity and the grim reality of living
under the threat of invasion forms the basis of MED Theatre’s
new community play In the Shadow of the Vikings .
the story of Aelfthryth who was born at Lydford - the only
Dartmoor girl to become Queen of England - the play charts
the politics of the time from the point of view of the house
of Devon, creating a vivid and moving account of the end
of the Anglo-Saxon era.
would like to thank our local business sponsors who supported
In the Shadow of the Vikings:
2012 - a
Dartmoor festival of young people's playwriting
a dramatic collection of five short plays which was performed
over two evenings at Moretonhampstead Parish Hall, exploring
themes of water, the Dartmoor environment and much more
through the startlingly sharp and tor-moulded eyes of Dartmoor's
plays were written, directed and performed by the young
was a new dance-theatre outdoor performance developed by
MED Theatre, interweaving the ecology and folklore of the
controversial animal into a poetic melange of storytelling,
movement and music in September 2012.
now finished its run, but you can catch the performance
MED Theatre to buy or view the DVD.
play links Victorian wife-selling on Dartmoor to Baring-Gould
Theatre performed The Rib on Nov 19th 2011, a
brand new black-comedy play written by playwright Vanessa McCartney
especially for the
performance was sold out.
small cast of seven actors brought to life the darkly humorous
story, inspired by research into the early writings of the Reverend
Sabine Baring-Gould, documenting wife-selling on Dartmoor in
performance of John Ford's Story took place in the dramatic
setting of Buckland Abbey's barn on Saturday September 24th. It
opened with a colourful and lively Elizabethan style fair involving
plate spinning, scarf juggling, dance and balancing acts, accompanied
by musicians such as Wren Music's Roots A Cappella group and MED
Theatre young people.
play about the life and works of Dartmoor's very own 17th century
playwright then took the stage introduced by a film, set in the
1920s. All elements of the production were created by the talented
13-19 year olds, from the writing of the script, the shooting
of the film, the making of the masks, the choreographing of the
dance, the composing and playing of the music, the lighting operation,
to the acting and direction of the production.
young cast performed the play for a final time in the attractive
setting of Burrator Reservoir, very relevant to the local heritage
as the ruins of the house of one of the characters in the play,
John Elford of Sheepstor, provided a dramatic backdrop. Congratulations
to Wild Nights Young Company for producing what was labelled a
"polished and professional" performance.
Theatre carried out the third workshop in their Trees series on
Sunday 8th May as part of the National Trust's Full Bloom Festival
that took place at Parke in Bovey Tracey. Drama exercises and
games were used to explore a story about an orchard from greek
mythology, which was vividly brought life as the workshop was
taking place in the setting the National Trust orchard. Family
participants learnt about and discussed how and why trees are
important to us ecologically and personally.
out for our next tree workshop later on this year!
to the Co-Operative for their support
Access', MED Theatre's community play 2011,
was performed six times in March.
A contemporary comedy about conflict over land-use on Dartmoor,
it was story about a rural community who have differing reactions
when the nature of an area of land, which is important to each
of them in a variety of ways, changes. The play invited the
communities on and around Dartmoor to explore their emotional
connections to locations
and how important 'place' can be in our lives.
two day festival held over the weekend of 3rd and 4th December
celebrated young playwrights on Dartmoor, through the performance
of a collection of fast-paced, edgy plays written, acted and directed
by young people.
young people not only wrote, directed and performed the plays,
they also had input into elements such as costume and makeup,
and they designed and painted the floor canvas (featured above)
which acted as the minimalistic but dramatic 'horizontal backdop'
for each of the eight plays performed.
specific dance-drama performance took place at High Heathercombe
on the side of Hameldown on August 7th and September 5th 2010.
The Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) bridges the gap between
the human and animal world, with its ecological, spiritual and
mythological dimensions. Currently in steep decline, it was held
sacred on parts of Dartmoor as recently as Victorian times. It
is featured in the symbol of the three hares which occurs from
the Buddhist caves of China in the East to Celtic Wales in the
West, with the largest known cluster on and around Dartmoor. MED
Theatre’s Brown Hare used dance, music and text to fuse
together elements of ecology and mythology in creating a cross-cultural
performance that was international as well as local, scientific
as well as artistic.
click on the links below to read more about this unusual project: