Who we are
Did you know that Samuel Taylor Coleridge refers to a Pleasure Dome in his seminal poem, Kubla Khan, inspired by Exmoor's dramatic landscape?
"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 it's 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- Helena Payne
Helena read English at The University of Exeter before training at DSL. Represented by Atwell Artist Management she studies voice with Sheila Barnes. As an actor she has played Edmund in LEAR, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Will Doone in Lorna Doone and Lady Macbeth with PDTC. Other work include Sexism is Bad… at The Arcola, Top Girls at The Southbank Centre, Praxagora in The Assembly Women, Mrs Smith in The Bald Prima Donna at The Old Red Lion, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Guiderius in Cymbeline at the CSF, The Blind/The Intruder at the Old Red Lion and its transfer to the Tabard, The Alchemist at the Riverhouse Studios, Viola in Twelfth Night and Margaret in Much Ado at PSF, and Like Enemies of the State at the Pleasance. She regularly records at Abbey Road with London Cantamusica and recently recorded audiobook All the Perverse Angels at Pinewood Studios. She has toured with Heritage Opera as Mercedes in Carmen and other sung roles include Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Mrs Noye in Noye’s Fludde at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Mustardseed in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Minack Theatre. She loves The Valley of Rocks and thanks you for indulging her childhood dream in turning this spectacular space into a theatre.. What has she done then?
Scott LeCrass- Associate Director
Scott comes from Birmingham, trained as an actor at Arts Ed and was a director on the Birmingham
Rep’s first Foundry Programme.
He is thrilled to return to The Valley of Rocks to direct for a 3rd year, following his previous
productions of Lorna Doone, The Importance of Being Earnest and Macbeth.
Director- Ghost About The House (The King’s Head), A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Christmas Round
Robin Letters (Hope Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Old, Rep, Birmingham) The Biggest Tarantino
Fan In The World (Vaulty Towers/Arcola, Minaturists), The Chechnya Plays (The King’s
Head/Theatre Deli), Kicked in The Sh**ter (Hope Theatre/Theatre in the Mill, Bradford), A
Christmas Carol (Theatre Deli/ICAT), After Orlando (Finborough), Sid (Arts Theatre, Sherman
Cymru, Jersey Opera House), Cancel The Sunshine (Hope Theatre/NHS commission and Hospitals
Tour), Cousins Grimm and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Page to Stage/Tristan Bates), The Killing of
Sister George (London Theatre Workshop), Open House (Birmingham Rep and tour), Diary of a
Madman (Omnibus/Jack Studio).
Assistant Director- Coming Up (Watford Palace), The King’s Speech (Chichester/Birmingham
Rep/UK Tour), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Von Ribbentrop's Watch (Oxford
Playhouse/Watford Palace), Kurt and Sid (Trafalgar Studios).
Scott received a Best Director Offie Nomination for his productions of Kicked in The Sh**ter and
Sid. Alice in Wonderland was a runner up and a finalist for two What’s On Birmingham Awards
Forthcoming projects: The Witches by Roald Dahl (Watford Palace Theatre).
Jai trained at RADA and won the 2016 Association of Lighting Designer’s ETC Award.
Recent designs include I’ll Take You To Mrs. Cole (Complicite); Whitewash (Soho Theatre); Aesop’s Fables (Unicorn Theatre); The Actor’s Nightmare (Park Theatre); Mapping Brent (Kiln Theatre); Mary’s Babies (Jermyn Street Theatre); Glory (Duke’s Theatre/Red Ladder); Cuzco (Theatre503); The Hoes (Hampstead Theatre); Losing Venice (Orange Tree Theatre); King Lear (Exmoor National Park); A Lie of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse); 46 Beacon (Trafalgar Studios with Rick Fisher); Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road (White Bear Theatre/Trafalgar Studios 2); Acorn (Courtyard Theatre. Off-West End Award nomination for Best Lighting).
Casting for A Midsummer Night's Dream coming soon!