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Live Lit Co Summer into Autumn 2018 Newsletter
Dear Members and Friends,
As I write this we have a little spell of Summer warmth this Autumn. But is this due to climate change? I will be continuing LLC’s dedication to climate change issues this month by attending the Resurgence and Ecologist Festival of Wellbeing at the end of October.
I am also continuing LLC’s dedication to the eradication of FGM, and am in dialogue with Keir Starmer and other M.P.’s concerned with this.
Meanwhile, the Summer was joyous for all who took part in, and watched, the Live Lit Co performances. It turned out to be a great concept idea to include songs in our Love Scenes from As You Like It production. This mix included Elizabethan song, songs from the musical Oklahoma, and Beatles classics. Our audiences in Devon, London & Stratford-upon-Avon, loved this entertaining Shakespearian style, all performed with wonderful young energy by the Niagara University drama students.
Our intimate performance at the end of July to celebrate Emily Bronte’s 200th, which took place round her portrait at the National Portrait Gallery, was beautifully given by Anna Calder-Marshall. She read Emily’s poetry and then shared thoughts on her in conversation with me.
Also at the end of July, an after dinner performance I wrote for the Harriet Martineau Society Conference was a sweet success! This comprised a series of imaginary dialogues between Harriet Martineau and Charlotte Bronte. I was delighted to cast Matilda Thorpe to play Harriet, the first time we had worked together since I directed her as a student in Rosmersholm at Royal Central. You may have seen some of her very successful T.V. comedy work. Catherine Harvey played Charlotte Bronte, a role she has performed previously in LLC’s Bronte production. For those of you who are perplexed by the Martineau Society link. My grandmother, Vera Wheatley, wrote the first very important biography on Harriet.
This Autumn my teaching at The Actors Centre has continued with a group who studied Ibsen’s Women with me. For any LLC members who would like to attend, my next workshop there is on David Hare’s Women on November 1st.
On November 11th, Armistice Day, LLC returns to The National Portrait Gallery to give a performance at 3pm on this very special date, - the centenary of the end of the First World War. The cast is Nicholas Farrell & Seiriol Tomos. Many of you may also like to see Nick in The Wild Duck opening at The Almeida Theatre.
So lots of exciting news. Please do book tickets for our moving LLC Armistice Day performance at the N.P.G. Hope to see you all there, and as always, thanks for your support in all we do.
Your Artistic Director
Valerie F. Doulton
The Live Literature Company
Image above: Love Scenes from As You Like It with Songs.
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