AboutFrom August 20-31 2019, Pleasure Dome Theatre Company returns to the Valley of Rocks to perform Lorna Doone as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the publication of R.D. Blackmore's classic romance.
A combined cast of professionals and local performers led by Josephine Rattigan as Lorna and Edward Kaye as her lover John Ridd will bring this spell-binding story to life in the heart of the Valley of Rocks. Directed by Scott Le Crass and with costumes by Kathleen Nellis-part of an Oscar winning design team, atmospheric music and the dramatic backdrop of the sun setting into the sea as it gives way to a star filled night, what better place to enjoy this Exmoor tale?
The Pleasure Dome experience is the 'dream come true' of Helena Payne who grew up at Culbone on the moor. As a child she played in the Valley of the Rocks fantasising staging shows there. As an adult working in theatre and opera, she has made it happen. Now she opens a door to a wider theatrical world for local actors like Roxanne Tandridge and 17 year old Tabitha Payne.
Staging theatre in the wild has its challenges like the weather! Audiences are asked to bring their own seating and picnic before the show and wrap up warm, as even on balmy summer nights the weather can be changeable
Tickets are available online or on "the door." Lorna Doone runs from the 20th till the 31st of August at 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 3:00pm (No shows on Mondays)
Past performance by Pleasuredome have brought praise from young and old alike, "A beautiful evening watching a stunning performance in an amazing location. Brilliant!"- wrote one audience member well over 80 while an 8 year old remarked, "That was much better than any DVD."
For more info see www.pleasuredometheatrecompany.com
See website for details of specific performance times, to book tickets and for prices.