Boasting more heavyweight A-listers than the average red carpet, Letters Live puts the art of letter writing back in the limelight. Stars read aloud in Islington's strikingly majestic Union Chapel, conjuring intimate relationships, private moments and historical drama in rare detail through these little portals.
Guests do not know the line-up ahead of time, so there are no spoilers yet. Last year there was an audible gasp when, reading a letter addressed to Walt Disney about Mary Poppins, Karen Dotrice appeared – the former child star who played Jane Banks of the song ‘Wanted: A nanny for two adorable children’ fame.
The chosen letters are engrossing by themselves, but at Letters Live their richness is intensified by the sheer talents of those reading them. The charities it supports – Help Refugees, First Story and Ministry of Stories – are incredibly appropriate: 'Letters cast a powerful spell' Letters Live organiser Jamie Byng explained in his introduction. Not only is it voyeuristically engrossing when a reader steps into the shoes of the letter writer, but it gives us a rare window into others' lives, loves, pains, triumphs and losses, that is positively tranformative.
|What||Letters Live 2017, Union Chapel|
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2XD | MAP
|Nearest tube||Highbury & Islington (underground)|
14 Jul 17 – 15 Jul 17, 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information about Letters Live|