Dream teamwork makes sure Valley of Rocks show goes on

North Devon Gazette

Pleasure Dome Theatre Company are currently in the middle of their 5th year in their pop-up open air theatre at the Valley of Rocks, outside Lynton, performing Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Â
However, on Friday morning they woke up to see havoc wrought by Storm Evert. Their changing room/shelter, which is an Arctic grade military tent worth £3000, was destroyed beyond repair by the rampaging 90mph winds. The changing room mirrors were shattered, and costumes strewn across the Valley of Rocks. Â
It was the cue for Lynton and Lynmouth, no strangers to facing adversity with courage, to swing into action. The cast and crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream were joined by many members of the local community in clearing up the devastation and helping get everything back on track. Â
The changing-room tent was replaced by a Luton truck, far less likely to blow away, and all the props and costumes found and returned to their rightful places. But what about the imminent Friday night performance? The open-air performance space was in disarray. With torrential rain hammering down last Friday afternoon, The Valley of Rocks Hotel opened its doors to the theatre company and allowed the Friday night performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to take place in their huge salon/ballroom. Â
Darren Hunter, General Manager of the Valley of the Rocks Hotel in Lynton, said: “As a hotel in the heart of the town we’re very much a part of the community in Lynton and we were pleased to do what we could to help. Â
“We actually have a couple of the actors staying with us and when they’d highlighted how devastating the storm had been for their set, we were more than happy to welcome them inside so that they could continue the performance and not disappoint their audience." Â
Helena Payne, Creative Director of Pleasure Dome Theatre Company, said “The people of Lynton and Lynmouth have taken us into the heart of their community and never fail to support us when we’re up against it.” Â
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which has had rave reviews, runs until Saturday 7th Aug 7.30pm. For tickets, visit www.pleasuredometheatrecompany.comÂ