Who we are
MED Theatre is a community theatre organisation and registered charity based on Dartmoor, working with people in remote rural areas. All of our work is inspired by the history, ecology and folklore of Dartmoor and surrounding Devon, as well as the pertinent social, scientific and environmental issues which face the residents of a National Park. MED Theatre has been running for over thirty years and we are always looking to challenge and expand our practice.
Work with Young People
MED Theatre puts a lot of energy into working with young people. We host regular drama clubs (for all ages from 5-18 years) at our studio in Moretonhampstead, including MED Theatre’s young company ‘Wild Nights’. We also have a long-standing relationship with local schools, primary and secondary, through our Education Programme. Playwriting and film-making workshops form a core part of our work with schools. We also carry out more substantial research projects with our young company, equipping them with the skills to write, direct and act their own work. In 2007 MED Theatre launched ‘Dartfest’, a biennial festival of young people’s playwriting. MED Theatre has recently received a five year grant from 'Big Lottery Reaching Communities' to continue its work with young people.
MED Theatre has received £25,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Young Roots programme to embark on a new project, ‘Dartmoor in World War One’. Working in partnership with the National Trust at Castle Drogo, Dartmoor Prison Museum, and Moretonhampstead History Society, MED Theatre will enable young people to research into life on Dartmoor during the Great War, and the impact war had on Dartmoor communities, interpreting their findings through creating drama, a film and an exhibition. For more information please visit www.medtheatre.co.uk.