Founded in 2002 by Producer, Artistic Director, Writer and Teacher of Performance Studies, Valerie Doulton. The Live Literature Company is dedicated to communicating the artistic heritage of the world, both classic and contemporary, through performances of excellence, at affordable prices.
We believe in bringing forward the cultural heritage of this country. We create opportunity and accessibility through communicating big ideas for everyone with our diverse casting ethos, and high quality performances. We bring words to life, with love and laughter. The company also occasionally gives free performances.
Welsh Millenium Centre Performance - Remembrance Day 2012
Below: Val Doulton with members of the cast at the Welsh Millennium Centre.
Celebration for Rabindranath Tagore 2011 - The British Library and The Nehru Centre
Below: Val Doulton with the musician and cast of 'The Post Office' production, after the company's great success at The British Library in May, with the Live Lit. Company performances in celebration of Tagore's 150th Birth Anniversary.
Front Row: Val with the children in the production. Back Row from right to left Edward Halsted, Nicola Tagoe, Amerjit Deu, Lawrence Anthony, Harmage Singh Kalirai.
Combined Arts Productions include:
Productions on the work of William Blake, featuring the spoken word, visual image, dance and music, at major literary festivals in the U.K.
International Work includes:
Byron at Monserrate Palace, Sintra. First Love by Samuel Beckett, which opened at The National Theatre and toured to Berlin for The International Beckett Festival.
Combined Arts Milton Programme 2010 - Spoken Words, Song, Dance and Visual Image
Below: the cast with Val Doulton at The Banqueting House, just before opening the Combined Arts Milton programme there in 2010.
These performances included a script written by Val especially for The Banqueting House, in the voices of Cromwell, Milton’s inner and outer voices, and the voices of King Charles I and King Charles II.
From left to right, Margo Cargill, Dave Fishley, Spencer Cowan, Richard Hansell, Lucy Casson, Henry Moss. The concert pianist Sam Haywood is not in the picture.
Recent Student Work
The Live Literature Company are proud to support the work of our next generation of talented young performers.
Our Twelfth Night in One Hour student production performed in Summer 2013 in The Theatre and Performance Galleries at The Victoria and Albert Museum, and on tour to the West Country. The photograph below is from our excellent review in South Hams Newspapers.
Live Literature's introduction to Shakespeare for children - is another aspect of the company's sucessful work in Shakespeare. For details see our Education page.
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