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The Twelve Pound Look

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Pleasure Dome Theatre (uniquely provocative and hugely enjoyable-LEAR ***** Britishtheatre.com) is overjoyed to be returning to the stage and delighted to be collaborating with emerging company Betwixt-and-Between.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID
"Pleasure Dome and Betwixt-and-Between have rescued one of Barrie’s neglected short plays, The Twelve-Pound Look, and adapted it into an amusing social comedy that still sparkles after 111 years.
"Daniel Arbon remains perfectly pitched as Harry, amusingly pompous without becoming a caricature, while Charlotte Ellen is excellent as Kate, calmly deconstructing her ex-husband. Helena Payne plays Emmy as a kind and dutiful wife who has hidden depths that Harry – once again – has failed to spot. While Barrie playfully positions The Twelve-Pound Look as a warning to husbands to watch their wives, it continues to be a delightful social comedy that questions where we find value in our lives and each other."
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Together they are bringing J.M.Barrie’s little-known comedy, The Twelve Pound Look; “one of the most nearly perfect one-act plays of contemporary drama,” to the newly appointed Exmoor Studio Theatre in Dulverton.

This four-hander with direction by the award-winning Scott Le Crass promises to enchant and enthrall audiences with its wholesome, funny and surprisingly modern twist on domestic bliss, brought to life with Pleasure Dome’s personal brand of theatrical magic, just the tonic whilst we wait for theatres to fully open.

The cast will be joined on stage with the recorded voice of national treasure Susan George.

THE TWELVE POUND LOOK
Streaming 19 June - 11 July 2021
Running Time: 42minutes and 42 seconds

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The Twelve Pound Look Cast and Creatives

Cast and Creatives.

CHARLOTTE ELLEN
Charlotte is an actor and theatre-maker living in Scotland, she first met Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, 2013.

Credits include the title role in Ruby Redfort, adapted from the popular children’s detective books (Escapade Productions - 2018), Adele in Shakers Re-Stirred (e.g. productions - 2018), Phyllis in The (Fletton) Railway Children (Eastern Angles 2016), Princess Fenella in The Princess and The Frog (Nottingham Playhouse - 2016), Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Rosencrantz in Hamlet (English Repertory Company - 2015) as well as Cinderella and Peter Pan at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries (2014/2015).

In 2019 Charlotte took the leap establishing her own theatre company, Betwixt-and-Between, with an adaptation of J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens - the origin story of Peter Pan. The show previewed London & Dumfries before opening at Edinburgh Fringe, it was subsequently invited to Warsaw and franchised to Alaska ahead of the (sadly canceled) 2020 UK tour.

On 9th May 2020, the show was due to be part of the 160th-anniversary celebrations at Barrie’s birthplace and the company also asked to perform a reading of another Barrie play, The Twelve Pound Look - although canceled, this second play stuck and seemed the perfect suggestion when Helena reached out looking for a project to open Dulverton’s new Exmoor Studios.

It has been wonderful to work with a respected colleague and friend bringing this story to the stage.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is back touring this summer, including to Knackershole Garden Theatre!

DANIEL ARBON
Daniel graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2011.

His recent theatre credits include “George” in Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens by Betwixt and Between, “Joe Gargery/Wemmick” in Great Expectations and “Wizard” in Wizard of Oz by Tread-The-Boards Theatre Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. His credits also include “Horatio” in Hamlet and “Dr Bradman” in Blithe Spirit by English Rep, “Romeo” in Romeo and Juliet and “Demetrius” in a Midsummer Night’s Dream with Chapterhouse Theatre Company, “Antonio” in The Merchant of Venice with Cambridge Shakespeare Company and “Prince Charming” in Cinderella at Easterbrook Hall Dumfries.

His TV credits include “Sir Clifford” in BBC Scotland’s A Quest for Bannockburn and the title role of “James Whistler” in docu/drama James McNeil Whistler and the case for beauty.

Daniel also works as a filmmaker and director, running a small production company - Middle Realm Productions, producing short drama and corporate video. His most recent film “White Feather” is currently being shown at a number of film festivals globally and is also available on youtube. He has spent the last two years working to produce a highly ambitious film project “Hawker” – a WW1 aviation film based on Britain’s first “Ace” – Lanoe Hawker.

He also filmed and edited this version of “The Twelve Pound Look” for our online showings.


HELENA PAYNE
Helena read English at The University of Exeter before training at Drama Studio London. Represented by Atwell Artist Management she studies voice with Sheila Barnes. She is the Creative Director and founder of the company and has produced all their shows to date. As an actor, she has played Gwenny and Will Doone in Lorna Doone, Edmund in LEAR, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with Pleasure Dome Theatre Company- Exmoor’s Theatre Company, which performs at the Valley of Rocks every summer.

Other work includes 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 Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, The Blind/The Intruder at the Old Red Lion and its subsequent transfer to the Tabard, Surly in The Alchemist at the Riverhouse Studios, Viola in Twelfth Night and Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing at the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, and Like Enemies of the State at the Pleasance.

She regularly records at Abbey Road with London Cantamusica and recently recorded the 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, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Red Earth Opera, Mrs Noye in Noye’s Fludde at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, and Mustardseed in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Surrey Opera at The Minack Theatre.

She is so excited to be collaborating on this exciting new venture and is honoured to be opening the Exmoor Studios with The Twelve Pound Look.


BEN FENSOME
Ben Fensome studied acting at The Oxford School of Drama and playwriting at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. As an actor his credits include: Collide (White Bear Theatre), Remember Tonight (Camden Fringe), Feel More (The Space/Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Every Seven Years (New Wimbledon Theatre), Twothousandands*x (Drill Hall), Oedipus (Battersea Arts Centre), Dance:Radio (York Theatre Royal).

As a writer Ben has had short work performed and stage-read at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre, Park Theatre. Full length plays include: Every Seven Years (New Wimbledon Theatre), The Miriam Gospel (Ovalhouse), A Successful Failure (Half Moon Theatre).

He has been longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize and shortlisted for the Papatango Prize.

His new play Buff is currently in development with director Scott Le Crass.

SCOTT LE CRASS - 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 an Associate Director for Pleasure Dome Theatre Company where his previous productions include- Lear, Lorna Doone, The Importance of Being Earnest, Macbeth.

Credits include: Director- Rose by Martin Sherman starring Maureen Lipman (Hope Mill Theatre/Sky Arts/Broadway HD), Country Music (Omnibus Theatre), Elmer (UK and International Tour/Selladoor), Organised Fun; with guest host Barbara Nice (Online comedy improv show), Rage, But Hope (Streatham Space Project), Sid (Arts Theatre and UK Tour) The Witches (Watford Palace), Alice in Wonderland (Old, Rep, Birmingham), Kicked in the Sh**ter (Hope Theatre/Theatre in The Mill, Bradford), Open House (Birmingham Rep and tour), Diary of a Madman (Omnibus/Jack Studio).

Associate Director- Godspell (50th Anniversary Concert, Hope Mill Theatre), The Seven Ages of Patience (Kiln Theatre).

Assistant Director- The King’s Speech (Chichester/Birmingham Rep/UK Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Silvano Toti Globe/Harold Pinter Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Silvano Toti Globe/Duke of Yorks), Coming Up (Watford Palace), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Von Ribbentrop's Watch (Oxford Playhouse/Watford Palace), Kurt and Sid (Trafalgar Studios). This year, Scott’s digital production of Rose won an Off Com award and Country Music an Off West End award in 2020. He received a Best Director Offie and Broadway World Nomination for his productions of Sid and a Best Director Offie Nomination for Kicked in the Sh**ter. Alice in Wonderland was a runner up and a finalist for two What’s On Birmingham Awards.




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