Vivienne Kennedy reviews Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, playing until 23 September
On Wednesday 17 September I visited The Brewery at Tobacco Factory Theatres for a history lesson Living Spit style in the form of Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous, written and performed by Stu McLoughlin and Howard Coggins and directed by Craig Edwards.
Following Living Spit’s 2012 show The Six Wives of Henry VIII, this new production takes its audience on a laugh out loud history class through the 44 (and a bit) years of Elizabeth I’s reign over England, focusing very much on her lack of marriage and child-bearing and the reasons behind it.
As with all Living Spit shows there is music, original songs written by McLoughlin and Coggins and giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to play a variety of instruments as they sing. My favourite was OMG, sung in the first act by Elizabeth and Robert Dudley as they realise that their childhood friendship is turning to love, and poignantly reprised by Elizabeth in Act Two…that’s one of Living Spit’s skills, they can lead you from laughter to poignancy and back again in a moment. (x)
You know you want to see this.