The Live Literature Company is dedicated to collaborating with diverse socio-economic communities across the UK to create and deliver high quality performances.
2016 London - From Estate to Park "A garden for the gardenless"(Sir Sydney Waterlow)
In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Sir Sydney Waterlow gifting his private estate (now recognised as Waterlow Park) to the general public, Val staged a short historical play From Estate to Park in the park itself. The performance included the Pearly Queen from London's East End announcing the gifting of the park.
Left: Richard Roques (Sir John Lubbock, Chairman of the London County Council); Val Doulton; and Derek Howard (Sir Sydney Waterlow). Behind the group is a statue of Sir Syndey Waterlow, inscribed on the statue are Waterlow's gifting words "A garden for the gardenless".
Below: Dermot Taylor (sculptor Frank Taubman) with Val in front of Frank Taubman's statue of Sir Sydney. Dermot studied Acting in Val's adult education Shakespeare performance group for many years.
2016 London - The Tempest in One Hour
As well as performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, the 2016 cohort of Niagara University students also performed The Tempest in One Hour at Highgate Library to a public audience which included children from the local primary school watching their first Shakespeare.
2015 London - Twelfth Night in One Hour
As well as performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, the 2015 cohort of Niagara University students also performed Twelfth Night in One Hour at Highgate Library to a public audience which included children from the local primary school watching their first Shakespeare.
Above: Children in Stratford-upon-Avon at their first Shakespeare production.
2011 London- Mainstreaming Bengali drama and playwrights: challenges and opportunities explored - A Brick Lane Circle Seminar as part of a season of Bangla Drama
The Live Literature Company has strong links to The Brick Lane Circle community since Val's staging of The Post Office at The British Library. Val was invited to the Brick Lane Circle for the above evening. She presented the evening with Mukul Ahmed. Both spoke about their work staging Bengali drama.
London - Burdett Coutts At Home
Burdett Coutts At Home is a short play based on the life of Angela Burdett Coutts. Performances were held at The Holly Lodge Estate Community Centre in London. This was followed by a scrumptious Victorian tea! Written by Penny Dimond, Lisa Rose and June Rose and directed by Valerie Doulton for the local community.
Above left to right: The curtain call with Penny Dimond, Anna Timoshenko, and Val Doulton.
Back centre: Yvonne Bonnamy as Queen Victoria.