maltings meets: Living Spit

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posted Mon 22 November 2021

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Two men dressed in Shepard costumes perform on stage during the ' Nativity Spirit' production.

North Somerset-based comedy theatre company, Living Spit return to the Maltings this festive season with their hilarious adaptation of the greatest story ever told. Ahead of their performance of Nativity next month, we caught up with Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin to find out more about their cornucopia of comic Christmassy crudeness.

what can audiences expect from the show?

Probably the funniest Christmas show (performed by a musical comedy theatre two-handed company from Clevedon) that they've ever seen or will see.

tell us about yourselves, how did you meet?

After many years working as actors, both together and apart, we had an idea for a show, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, based purely on the notion that Howard looks a bit like Henry VIII. (He really does!). In 2012, after we cobbled together a script, Bristol Old Vic said we could put it on as a try-out but told us that first we’d have to form a company, or we wouldn’t get paid. Never ones to allow small details to stand between us and cold, hard cash, and with the addition of Craig Edwards on directing duties, Living Spit was born.

what’s your favourite bit of the show to perform?

Oh, the dead baby bit. It’s gruesome and hysterical. And the audience do all the action for a bit so we get a chance to rest.

Two men dressed as shepherds perform on stage in the theatre production 'Nativity spirit'
If you could pick one act, living or dead, to join you on stage, who would it be (and what would you perform together)?

Morecambe and Wise. We’d tell them that we were described by the Telegraph as “The Morecambe and Wise of Weston-Super-Mare” and then stand back and watch them be amazing.

Book tickets for Living Spit's Nativity on Thursday 09 December at 8pm, here.