For artists

Theatre Orchard supports regionally based artists to grow their ideas and skills, through advisory and producing support.

Living Spit are a brilliant, world-renowned (nearly), Clevedon based theatre company and an associate of Theatre Orchard.   Living Spit and Theatre Orchard initiated Theatre Shop together and continue to run the venue jointly.  Theatre Orchard also help to get Living Spit’s shows, all of which are genuinely ‘made in North Somerset’, out into wider world – where they are hugely popular.




 “Brilliant comic acting…honest, unpretentious, beautifully scripted comedy…as self-effacing comedy goes, this is premier league stuff”

Venue ★★★★

“The best 100 minute comedy show outside of the Edinburgh Fringe”

Western Daily Press ★★★★★

“This ribald reworking of her gothic horror classic is a beguiling rib-tickler…the sense of mischief and sheer silliness are difficult to resist”

The Times 

“A case study of sinewy simplicity and honed comedy craftsmanship.”

The Stage



Shoplifting is the name of the Artist Development scheme run jointly by Living Spit and Theatre Orchard at Theatre Shop.  You’ll notice that Artist Development is in capital letters; that’s because it’s really important.  Each year we work with a different company, offering mentoring, seed funding and a run of performances to help get new work off the ground.

Currently, we are working with North Somerset based Mumblecrust on their new version of the classic story The Time Machine.

In this family show, up-and-coming North Somerset based Mumblecrust reinvent HG Wells’ Sci Fi masterpiece with an Award-Winning mix of puppetry, original music and storytelling.


……A Victorian scientist perfects his invention, the world’s first Time Machine! Who believed the crazy contraption would actually work, and launch him 800,000 years into the future?! He discovers a race of cute creatures the size of teddy bears, frolicking through a dreamlike paradise… Everything is perfect! Or so it seems… In the shadows, luminous eyes watch them and sneaking feet disturb their sleep. In the future, monsters are very real indeed…

We are really excited to be launching this new journey with the wonderfully innovative Mumblecrust.

 You’ll be able to see the show during Easter 2019 at Theatre Shop.


Current and recent projects

Silva Lining’s Care Plan

Theatre Orchard recently supported North Somerset based writer Elspeth Penny on the development of her new show ‘Silva Linings Casebook’, based on anonymised diaries kept by paid home carers who work with people with dementia.

The wider creative team included Sarah Moody (musician), Chris Pirie (puppetry advisory), Pameli Bentham (performer)  comedian Angie Belcher (performer), Elspeth Penny (writer), David Lane (dramatug), Sarah Warren (design), Nick Sutton (film documentation).




The production was showcased at an Arts and Dementia Conference in September 2018.

The initial showcase of Silva Linings Casebook in July 2018 was very well received by a diverse audience that included healthcare professionals “A tour de force”, “Interesting, engaging and amusing”’; “excellent – I felt the emotion”

University Centre Weston 

Two graduate companies from University Centre Weston showcased their work at Theatre Shop as part of our Autumn programme and took part in our Weekend of Wonders Showcase In Weston-super-Mare on 29th September 2018.


Contact Gonzo

A group of regionally based artists spent a week’s residency with the brilliant Contact Gonzo from Japan, collaborating on a very special performance that literally socked you between the eyes with its originality, fusing martial arts and dance in explosive fashion.






Bringing your show to North Somerset

If you are an artist or a company who would like to be considered as part of our North Somerset programme, please email details of your performance with the technical spec to Our only permanent venue is Theatre Shop in Clevedon, but we also programme peculiar places throughout the region, and are expanding our programme of outdoor work.

We aim to acknowledge all applications but please be patient as we are a small team with a region-wide focus, so it can take us a while to get back to you.

Technical lowdown on Theatre Shop


The Theatre Shop is performance space with a maximum seated audience capacity of 88 and a W6.10m x D3.05m stage. Upstairs (accessible only through the auditorium) is a bar and toilets, and a dressing room for visiting artists. The audience sit on chairs, so there’s some flexibility of arrangement – we can provide a cabaret style set up, for example, or some floor seating for children’s shows (although this lowers capacity).

To achieve full capacity we need to have minimum of 6 seats on either side of the staging, so if you need your audience to be end-on that would affect numbers too. We’re essentially a pop-up venue and as such we don’t have a standard theatre infrastructure, but we do our best to accommodate a wide range of requirements.

Our technical specifications and ground plan are below, or you can contact Fiona Trim, Technical Manager for more information.

Drama, dance and laughter