The Live Literature Company was founded in 2002 by Valerie Doulton, Producer, Artistic Director, Writer and Teacher of Performance Studies. The LLC is dedicated to bringing forward and communicating the Artistic Heritage of the UK and the world, both classic and contemporary.
Above: Mrs Jordan as Viola, Kenwood House Collection (John Hoppner R.A.)
Work by Val Doulton
• Director/Producer Charlotte, Emily & Anne by Douglas Verrall, Summer 2016 for Charlotte’s 200th Anniversary, performances at The Victoria and Albert Museum Performance Festival, with Lisa Eichhorn/Charlotte, and at The National Portrait Gallery with Niamh Cusack/ Charlotte, Wendy Morgan/Emily, Louise Bangay/Anne, & in the Ensemble Robin Miller, Maeve O’Sullivan.
Previous performances at The Bath Literature Festival, the NPG & AGM of The Bronte Society,
Haworth 2006, and for Macmillan Cancer Support for the writer, with Catherine Harvey/ Charlotte, Anna Calder-Marshall /Emily, in the Ensemble Helen Ayres, Yvonne Bonnamy. Pianist Hannah Gill.
• The devising and directing of In Parenthesis by David Jones, with War Poetry and Music, performances to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme July 2016 at The British Library, and Jones’s grave. With Nicholas Farrell, Seiriol Tomos, Dave Fishley, & concert pianist Tessa Uys. Performances 2014 & 2012 at The Wales Millennium Centre, in the Ensemble Gregory Cox, Fiona Evans.
• Director/Producer On The Move, October 2016. Combined Arts performance focusing of FGM and Refugees, at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Action Centre, including Val’s prose poem Song of Innocence. May 2014 Human Right’s Action Centre, The New Spring Without FGM, Combined Arts Forum Theatre event, including Val’s prose poem First Love. Both performances followed by panel discussion with our audience.
• 2015 Producer/Director World Premiere of The Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife by Federico Lorca, in a new translation by Jesus Montero, performed at The V&A as part of their festival for Peter Brook.
• Director/Producer The Tempest in One Hour July 2016 & 2014 and Twelfth Night in One Hour, 2015
& 2013, at Hall’s Croft Garden, Stratford-upon-Avon, and for the Shakespearean Cultural Olympiad, at The Victorian and Albert Museum Performance Galleries, 2012. All performed by Drama students of Niagara University, USA.
• 2014 & 2015 Live Literature’s Introduction to Shakespeare for children in primary schools in collaboration with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon. Project launched in 2008 at Cranleigh Prep School and Pilgrim’s Way School, Farnham.
• Producer/Director The Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore for Bengal History Week October 2013, and for Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary, at The British Library & The Nehru Centre, May 2011.
• Writer/Producer/Director/Designer A Spiritual and Political Challenge to the Nation at The Banqueting House, Whitehall, October 2010. A Combined Arts Milton Anniversary Celebration in music, dance, spoken word with Blake’s visual images for Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’.
• Producer/Director/Designer of Byron in Love & Byron the Poet by Anne Fleming, performances include the Gala Company opening at Melbourne House, London, in the room where Byron met Lady Caroline Lamb, which launched the company, and tour to Verona, Italy. 2009 tour to Monserrate Palace, Sintra, Portugal, with Madeleine Worrall & Rufus Wright. Byron the Poet at The National Portrait Gallery, The Kings Head Theatre & St. Martin in-the-Fields, with Richard Hansell.
• Director Blake by Elliott Hayes for Project Blake November 2008 in Lambeth, with Peter Barnes as Blake.
• Producer/Director/Designer of Combined Arts Celebrations in 2007 at Exeter Cathedral and London for the 250th anniversary of William Blake’s birth; double-bill of Songs of Innocence and Experience and Blake by Elliott Hayes, with music, dance, and Blake’s words and visual images.
• Writer/Director/Producer/Designer The Quilt performances at The National Portrait Gallery, The
Actors’ Centre, Guy’s Hospital Chapel for The Stroke Association. The Medical Humanities Conference,
King’s College, London University 2006/7. With Jean Heywood, Yvonne Bonnamy & Lala Lloyd.
• Director The Three Sisters and Jack & Alice by Jane Austen, adapted by Helen Fotheringham, performance for Jane’s festival in Bath with Anna Carteret, 2005.
• The devising and directing of Poetry of War and Conscience with music. Performances at The Cheltenham Festival of Literature with Dame Judi Dench, & The National Theatre with Tim Pigott - Smith.
• The devising and directing of Shakespeare’s Kings and Queens for Shakespeare’s Birthday 2001. Performances at The Cheltenham Festival of Literature and The National Portrait Gallery, with David Burke, Tom Burke & Anna Calder-Marshall.
• Director/Designer of First Love by Samuel Beckett, performances at The National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and International Beckett Festivals in Berlin and Frankfurt in 2000, with Kilian McKenna.
• ‘Landmark in Theatre History’ The Stage on Val’s Yeats production at The Lyric, Hammersmith.