Live Lit Co Winter into Spring 2018 Newsletter



The Live Literature Company

Winter into Spring 2018 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends,

I hope everyone is well after this winter hibernation.

We have lots of stellar performance work coming up this spring and summer which I hope you will be able to join us for.

We kick off, (so to speak), on Sunday April 22nd at 3 pm with our Joe Orton Unwrapped - Censored & Uncensored - in The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, The Victoria & Albert Museum, as part of their performance festival which we are delighted to take part in again. The festival is in part dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the end of censorship in the U.K. Joe Orton was one of our most censored writers, and after the performance you will be able to view the original script of his play Loot with the Lord Chamberlain’s censorship markings. The cast is Edward Halsted, Richard Hansell, Wendy Morgan, & Rosie Sheehy. All of whom you may have seen act wonderfully in previous LLC productions. It is a free performance but you need to book. I hope the weather will be fine enough for us all to share a Company tea party in the V & A Courtyard afterwards.

The next exciting performance will be our summer Shakespeare production, again performed by Drama students from Niagara University, U.S.A. I have had the idea to do Love Scenes from As You Like It with Songs, which I hope will be a most entertaining hour and a bit for all our audiences. I first directed this play many years ago with a production ending with an awareness raising benefit performance for Aids charities at The Garrick Theatre. From this time I have known that Joy is at the heart of this Shakespeare, and for this reason I much look forward to revisiting this play.

Please continue to check our website for all our performance details. As You Like It performances are at Salcombe, Devon, 6 pm Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th. The London performance on the tea lawn at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, is at 7 pm June 28th, and the Stratford performances in Hall’s Croft garden, are at 2.30 pm on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st. 

At the end of July we have another exciting event when at 7 pm on Friday July 27th we will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Emily Bronte’s birth in front of her portrait at The National Portrait Gallery in room 24. The performance will be a recital of her wonderful poetry which, if her film commitments permit, will be given by Anna Calder-Marshall.

Those who are professional performers may also like to know that I am giving performance workshops at The Actors Centre again. The next workshop focusing on some of the women in Arthur Miller’s plays, is on the morning of May 8th.

Hoping you can join us for one or all of these events. As the late, great, Stephen Hawking said, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” So let’s all keep looking at the stars with wonder together, and as ever, thank you greatly for your support.

Warm Wishes,

Your Artistic Director

Valerie F. Doulton
The Live Literature Company


Image above: Val with her Bedouin guide at the top of Mount Sinai December 2017, they descended the mountain to visit St. Catherine's Monastery, a foundation for Christians, Muslims and Jews, equally and together.
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