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Welcome to The Live Literature Company

We bring words to life with love and laughter at affordable prices.

The Live Literature Company is a Performance company unique in fusing theatre, literature, and the humanities in performance works of excellence. Our performances are of both Contemporary and Classic writing, and also include site-specific and combined arts work.

We perform extensively in the UK and internationally. 



Professional performances showing how words can truly be brought to life...more


The Live Literature Company is proud to support the work of our next generation of performers, writers, and directors to learn and grow...more


The Live Literature Company is proud to collaborate with communities in the UK and across the world...more

Val's Writing

Val's writing is in the form of prose poems, plays, public speaking presentations, and dialogues for company performances...more

Charity Benefits 

The Live Literature Company has proudly presented successful fundraising performances supporting national and local charities...more

Work by Val

Valerie Doulton: 

Founder and Artistic Director of The Live Literature Company...more

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LLC's Armistice Day Commemorative Performance 2018

In Remembrance, A First World War Centenary Performance, 11th November 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery.

A performance featuring passages from In Parenthesis by David Jones, with war poetry, prose and music, performed by Jordan Bunton-Williams, Nicholas Farrell, and Seiriol Tomos, accompanied by pianist Tess Uys. Devised and directed by Valerie Doulton.

Cast Photo and Performance Photo Left to Right: Tessa Uys, Nicholas Farrell, Jordan Bunton-Williams and Seiriol Tomos. In the background is the frontispiece to In Parenthesis, 1937.

LLC Celebrates The Abolition of State Censorship of The British Stage

Joe Orton Unwrapped - Censored & Uncensored Performance 22nd April 2018 at The V&A.

This performance marked 50 years since the Theatres Act came into force as shown in Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50 display at The V&A on until 27 January 2019.

 Above: (from left to right): Edward Halsted, Wendy Morgan, Rosie Sheehy, Val Doulton and Richard Hansell.

LLC's Emily Bronte Anniversary Performance 2018 



Left: Anna Calder-Marshall below the portrait of Emily Bronte in our anniversary performance at The National Portrait Gallery.


Right: Wreath laid in Emily's memory at Westminster Abbey.








LLC's First World War Commemorative Performances

David Jones In Parenthesis 2016 & 2017

Our 2016 commemorative recital of In Parenthesis by David Jones, devised by Valerie Doulton and performed at The British Library as well as at Jones grave in South London, was reworked in November 2017 with Arts Council England funding, for a performance at the National Portrait Gallery on Rememberance Sunday.


Above Left: Val laying the French blue cornflowers of remembrance on David Jones' grave before our performance in the chapel at Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery.

Above Right: David Jones's frontispiece for In Parenthesis, with concert pianist Tessa Uys at the piano.

Above: (from left to right) Tessa Uys, actors Dave Fishley, Seiriol Tomos, and Nicholas Farrell.

LLC's European Culture World Premiere Performance


The Company's World Premiere performance of The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife

by Federico Garcia Lorca. Spanish writer killed in the Civil War.


In April 2015, as part of the celebration for Peter Brook at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Val directed a new translation, by Jesus Montero, of The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife.


Above Left: Richard Hansell as the Shoemaker. Above Right: Rosie Sheehy as the Shoemaker's wife. 

Photos by Simon Annand.  

LLC's Human Rights and the Arts Performances 2014 & 2015

The New Spring Without FGM Performance Evening at Amnesty International 2014 and On The Move 2015.

The Company's first Forum Theatre performance evening was 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 Arabic Literature written against FGM. Talks against FGM were given by Yvette Robbin-Coker from Forward (the leading UK organisation against FGM), and London Assembly member Jennette Arnold AM OBE. Music for the programme included Siphiwo singing Hope (featuring a message of Hope from Nelson Mandela). The post-show discussion with the audience 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. 


LLC's East Meets West Performances

The British Library and The Nehru Centre 2011 

Our celebration performances of Rabindranath Tagore's The Post Office for his 150th birth anniversary.

Written in 1912, The Post Office, is a play rich in symbolism and allegory. In 1917, upon seeing the play for the first time in Calcutta, Gandhi was spellbound. Tagore went on to win the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature. 

The Post Office mixes simplicity with sophistication, its universal appeal has made it a world classic.


The Live Literature Company production of The Post Office was performed by:

Edward Halsted, Nicola Tagoe, Amerjit Deu, Lawrence Anthony, Harmage Singh Kalirai, and 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.


With thanks to Simon Annand (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for taking many of the photos that appear on this site and to Grainne White for creating the logo and banner for The Live Literature Company.

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