Living Spit’s monster of a show reinvigorates Frankenstein at Weston-super-Mare’s Tropicana lido, the same site used for Banksy’s Dismaland
Mary Shelley’s infamous tale of gruesome creation is given a comic twist by Bristol-based act Living Spit. The new production of Frankenstein is written and performed by Living Spit’s Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin, who are renowned for their irreverent musical adaptations of historical and literary works and sell-out shows.
A co-production with Salisbury Playhouse, Frankenstein comes to the seaside and opens at Weston-super-Mare’s Tropicana in November (12 – 20 Nov), following its premiere at Salisbury Playhouse (26 Oct – 5 Nov).
The biggest production to be staged at the formerly derelict lido since the venue’s revival was initiated by Banksy’s Dismaland in 2015, the show is a hilarious take on the classic horror story, filled with ingenious comedy, puppetry and original music performed by a live four-piece band.
The majestic, yet raw, interior of the Tropicana lido, situated on Weston’s seafront, provides an eerie atmosphere and the perfect setting for the famous grisly tale.
About Living Spit
Founded by Stu McLoughlin, Howard Coggins and Craig Edwards in 2012, Living Spit has enjoyed national success with a range of productions based on historical narrative or classic stories, including Adolf, Winston, Elizabeth I – Virgin on the Ridiculous and A Christmas Carol. The group are committed to regenerating theatre in rural venues and new spaces, to help maintain a vibrant and eclectic Arts scene in Bristol and North Somerset.
Directed by Craig Edwards and designed by Michael Vale, Frankenstein will transport the audience from the 1930s heritage venue to 19th Century Switzerland, as tortured genius Victor Frankenstein brings his hideous creature to life and the Gothic tale unfolds with much hysteria.
‘Pulsating with a four-piece band, this Living Spit and Salisbury Playhouse co-production of Frankenstein is our biggest show yet, enabling Living Spit to take a giant creative step that rivals that of Victor Frankenstein himself!’ say Living Spit writers/performers Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin. ‘We’re looking forward to bringing a main house show to the iconic Tropicana, which – until Banksy’s Dismaland – was a dark, deserted lido on the edge of the sea. We think the pioneering spirit of Mary Shelley would approve.’
Praise for Frankenstein
The Times: “Mary Shelley may be spinning in her grave, but this ribald reworking of her gothic horror classic is a beguiling rib-tickler.”
The Stage: “..Fabulous invention and sheer silliness underscore this anarchic adaptation.”“Musically very strong, everything from rock and musical theatre to bluegrass and music hall.”Salisbury Journal: “Living Spit have definitely made Frankenstein their own. It is the perfect way to laugh away the winter blues.”British Theatre Guide: “It may seem a strange idea to turn such a macabre tale into a comedy, but .. it really is great fun. And the enjoyment loses nothing through being contrasted with scenes of heartbreaking poignancy.”
Frankenstein opens at the Tropicana, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, on Saturday 12th November and runs until Sunday 20th November. Recommended for adults and 12+, evening performances are at 7.30pm with matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are £14 (£12 conc), available online at tobaccofactorytheatres.com, or by calling 0117 9020344.