28 March 2014
Reviewed by David Daubney
90 minutes of my life well spent.
My wife and I went to see the comedian Richard Herring’s latest stand up show ‘We’re All Going to Die’ at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester.
There is ample parking over at the Outlet Mall which is a short walk across from the theatre, and so we didn’t have to worry about getting to the venue too early just to get a parking space. Bare in mind though that the Lowry Theatre doesn’t validate parking.
The Lowry Theatre is a large modern building in the heart of Media City, Salford Quays. The theatre itself is bright and inviting once inside with friendly and helpful staff. There was no queue at the box office so we were able to walk straight up and get our tickets, and head to the show.
The Lowry has two theatres and Richard Herring was performing in the Quay Theatre. This is the smaller of the two, but the size created a comfortable feeling and brought the show closer to you.
The seating was relatively comfortable but would have benefitted from giving a little more room. I’m 6ft and had just enough space, but would have appreciated a little more.
Lights out, pitch black ‘We’re all going to die!’ was how Richard introduced the show, that got our attention!!! This was also the name of the show, and as expected it was all about the taboo topic of death. Considering the topic of the show and it being a comedy it was actually surprising, educational and eye opening. It made me look at and think about things from a different perspective, and there were definitely some quotes, phrases and conversation starters that I’ll be using in the pub.
The only thing that I would give a negative on was that at the beginning of the second half Richard did a bit of a salesman act to advise and promote what items would be on sale at the end of the show. I felt this was a little out of place and stopped the flow of the show.
At the end of the show Richard said he would be outside selling his products and willing to sign programmes and pose for photographs etc… which I thought was good. There was also a collection for Scope that you could choose to donate to as you left the theatre, which again was a nice touch.
Overall I would rate the show 4 out of 5, and would definitely recommend it.
Richard Herring is currently touring the UK with We’re All Going To Die. For more information, tour dates or to book tickets visit www.richardherring.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | Box Office 0843 208 6000