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, and through their extensive educational work.
We believe in bringing forward the Cultural Heritage of this country and that of worldwide literature. 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.
The Company's World Premiere performance April 2015 of The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife, by Federico Garcia Lorca. Great Spanish writer killed in the Civil War.
Directed by Valerie Doulton, in a new translation by Jesus Montero, as part of the celebration for Peter Brook at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Above photo of Richard Hansell as the Shoemaker and left photo of Rosie Sheehy as the Shoemaker's wife. Photos by Simon Annand.
The Wales Millennium Centre November 2014
Commemorative First World War David Jones In Parenthesis Recital
First World War Commemorative performance given by Valerie Doulton's Live Literature Company, marking the 40th Anniversary of the death of great Welsh Poet David Jones, and the 1st Battle of Ypres, November 1914.
Marvellous language from 'In Parenthesis' by David Jones, interlaced with War Poetry and Song. Performed by Gregory Cox, Fiona Evans, Seiriol Tomos, and pianist Hannah Gill. Devised and Directed by Valerie Doulton.
The Company is delighted to give this return performance at WMC. Video below.
The New Spring Without FGM
Performance evening at Amnesty International May 1st 2014.
The Company's first Forum Theatre performance evening held in collaboration with Amnesty International's Creative Writer's Group. The evening included a performance of Val's prose poem First Love, a tragedy about cultural misunderstanding, performed by Madeleine Oaten and Tony Hasnath.
The readings included passages from Contemporary Arab Literature written against FGM. Talks against FGM were given by Yvette Robbin-Coker from Forward and Jennette Arnold AM OBE. Music for the programme included Siphiwo singing Hope (featuring a message of Hope from Nelson Mandela).
The discussion with the audience after the performances was chaired by David Maidment OBE. Visit our blog to watch a mobile phone recording of First Love performance filmed by a member of the audience.
The British Library and The Nehru Centre - The Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore. Great Indian writer and Nobel laureate.
Celebration for Tagore's 150th Birth Anniversary 2011.
Written in 1912, The Post Office, rich in symbolism and allegory, is a play about man's passionate cry for spiritual freedom. Gandhi was spellbound by the play in Calcutta in 1917. Mixing simplicity with sophistication, its universal appeal has made it a world classic.
Live Literature Company performances were given by Edward Halsted, Nicola Tagoe, Amerjit Deu, Lawrence Anthony, Harmage Singh Kalirai, with children Jyoti Goel and Noah Brooks. Directed by Valerie Doulton.
For the film edit of Tagore's 'The Post Office' performed at The British Library click here.
The Banqueting House, Whitehall. 2010.
Combined Arts Milton Anniversary Programme - Spoken Words, Song, Dance and Visual Image - devised and directed by Valerie Doulton.
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. Photo by Simon Annand.
Combined Arts Work also includes:
Many productions presenting the work of William Blake, featuring the spoken word, visual image, dance and music, at major venues and Literary Festivals in the U.K.
International Work includes:
Byron at Monserrate Palace, Sintra and Verona, Italy. First Love by Samuel Beckett, which opened at The National Theatre and toured to Berlin for The International Beckett Festival.
Recent Student Work
The Live Literature Company are proud to support the work of our next generation of talented young performers. Please see our Education and Community page for details.
The Live Literature Company's Introduction to Shakespeare for children - ran in 2014 and 2015 as part of Shakespeare Week launched by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. To see our film featuring Deaf Actor Lee O'Brien as Romeo see Primary School link for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's website.
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