The Live Literature Company attends the Visiting Arts Producer's Breakfast at Edinburgh Festival


Yvette Vaughan Jones, CEO Visiting Arts
Fergus Linehan speaking with Ben Twist in chair listening
Val was delighted to attend the Visiting Arts Producer's Breakfast at the Edinburgh Festival again this year.  The Live Literature Company chimes very closely with the Visiting Arts logo you can see in the photo below, 'Strengthening intercultural dialogue through the Arts'.

Also this year Ben Twist (Director, Creative Carbon Scotland) spoke on the importance of sustainability in the arts, this also chimes closely with The Live Literature Company work focusing on sustainability. Please do click here to visit our Annual Summer Party page to find out more about our work on sustainability.

The incoming Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus Linehan, spoke on his vision, and emphasised the importance he thinks independent producers will play in the Arts in the future. As  many of The Live Literature Company membership will know, a considerable amount of Val's time running the Company is spent working as an independent producer on behalf of the Company.

The New Spring FGM Forum Theatre performance evening at Amnesty International

'The New Spring Without FGM' Forum Theatre performance evening that The Live Literature Company gave at Amnesty International May 1st 2014, with a performance of Val's prose poem 'First Love' performed as part of this evening, which also included readings by the actors and Val from contemporary Arab literature written against FGM, and talks against FGM given by Yvette Robbin-Coker from Forward and Jennette Arnold. After the interval there was a discussion with the audience chaired by David Maidment OBE.

The video below was filmed on a mobile phone by an audience member.



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The Live Literature Company and Amnesty International tackle Female Genital Mutilation through theatre and discussion - May 2014

Val Doulton, with her colleague and friend Catherine Suggitt, were among the first decades ago to try to bring action at Amnesty International against Female Genital Mutilation. Val is immensely glad to be staging this Forum Theatre event against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with her Company and in collaboration with Amnesty International's Creative Writers Group.





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Romeo and Juliet Performance and Workshop Day. Your chance to play falling in love like Romeo and Juliet - April 2014


Rehearsal photo of Val watching Maeve O'Sullivan as Juliet on the V&A balcony
Join us to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birth Anniversary and participate in our experiential workshop. See below for details.

The Live Literature Company offer everyone this experiential workshop opportunity. The Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre & Performance Galleries with The Live Literature Company, present a workshop day on Saturday April 26th 2014, in celebration of the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Birth.


The focus of the workshop will be the Balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. We will watch the scene played by Deaf actor Lee O’Brien, opposite a hearing Juliet, and then follow an experiential workshop exploring the scene physically, emotionally, and psychologically, from three perspectives:-

  • Film and Sign Language – workshop led by Lee O’Brien.
  • Dance – workshop led by Lucy Casson and Barry Grantham.
  • Acting – workshop led by Valerie Doulton.

Film material to include Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev dancing the balcony scene and Lee O’Brien’s performance in Sign Language.


Performance specialists leading the workshops:-


Valerie Doulton is Founder and Artistic Director of The Live Literature Company established in 2002. This is a Performance based company unique in fusing Theatre, Literature, and the Humanities. She trained as a Director on the Post-Graduate Directing course at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where her mentor was Nat Brenner. Her degree is in English Language and Literature, with study in philosophy, from Newcastle University. She has staged work at The National Theatre, The Lyric, Hammersmith, The Welsh Millennium Centre, and other venues including the staging of many classics in the leading drama schools.


Barry Grantham studied with Stanislas Idzikowski and worked with Massine on The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffman, so is one of the very few who still have a direct link to the Diaghilev Ballet. An authority on Commedia dell’Arte, he is author of Playing Commedia and Commedia Plays published by Nick Hern Books. He also lectures on Commedia dell’Arte and the Diaghilev Ballet.


Lucy Casson trained originally as a classical dancer at The Royal Ballet Lower School and Central School of Ballet.  With a performance career spanning 20 years, she has worked with companies including English National Ballet, The Royal Opera, English National Opera and The Live Literature Company. The choreographers she has worked with include, Robert North, Lynn Seymour, Wayne Macgregor, Will Tuckett, Rob Ashford and Susan Stroman.


Lee O’Brien was born Deaf. He is a graduate of the Master of Arts, Filmmaking course, at the Northern Film School, where he specialised in screen acting. Lee has acted for fifteen years and also works in media and production. Born in Liverpool, U.K. His acting career began as a teenager at the Mersey Sign Deaf local community theatre. His most recent acting work is a short film Locked In produced for world wide film festivals.


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