“Now let us bandy words no more…”: an invitation for Exmoor Am-Dram fans


“May be we are not such fools as we look. But though we be, we are well content, so long as we may be two fools together.” What better invitation to join the Pleasure Dome Theatre company in their production of Lorna Doone at the end of August. They are holding open auditions on the weekend of 15th and 16th April at Lynton Town Hall.

Scenes from MacBeth in Valley of Rocks (copyright Pleasure Dome Theatre Company 2016)

After the success of their critically acclaimed outdoor production of Macbeth in the Valley of Rocks, the Pleasure Dome Theatre company is coming back this summer 2017 with TWO productions. Thanks to an injection from our Partnership Fund, firstly they will be putting on The Importance of Being Earnest (between 8th and 26th August). Then, with specialist interest for any Exmoor based people with an interest in amateur dramatics, between 29th August and 2nd September 2017, they will be turning their attention to Lorna Doone!  

And they want to present it with local talent in the environment that inspired it.

Would you like the chance to act with professional actors this summer in the Valley of Rocks to bring R. D. Blackmore’s vision to life? You need to be available throughout August for rehearsals as well as the run to 2nd September. If yes to both, then you need to book yourself a place at the open auditions on 15th and 16th April by emailing pleasuredometheatre@gmail.com and letting them know which session you want to attend (see below).

Lorna_Doone_-_cover_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_17460All ages, abilities and levels of experience are encouraged to attend – there will be four sessions, two on each day at 10am-1pm and 3pm -6pm. The audition will comprise: an introduction to the team and the project, some drama games to get everyone working as an ensemble, some text work and scenes that will be workshopped with Director Scott Le Crass.

To find out more about the Pleasure Dome Theatre Company, click here to visit their website: “I decided to found Pleasure Dome in 2015 after a lifetime of thinking someone should do some theatre at The Valley of Rocks. I spent my early summers scrambling up and down its weaving pathways and peering out to sea. I always thought it was an otherworldly and magical location, somewhere not quite of this planet, a place where the sea meets the sky, a place where imagination meets reality, and I can think of nowhere more fitting to perform in. ” Helena Payne, Creative Director & Founder

What a unique opportunity for local people to participate in this adaptation of Lorna Doone set in the striking landscape that inspired it!