10 April 2015
Reviewed by Carly Upton
Last night my friend and I headed off to my favourite theatre, The Lowry in Manchester to see the new show by comedian Seann Walsh in his new show 28. I have seen several comedians there in the Lyric Theatre. The Lyric is the larger of the theatres at the Lowry. Last night we were in the smaller, Quays Theatre. The show was due to start at 8pm. We arrived a little early and went to one of the nearby bars for a drink. There is plenty of parking available at the Lowry, and if you purchase something in one of the bars, restaurants or shops you can validate your ticket and park for free for up to 4 hours.
We headed to the theatre around 7:30pm and easily found the Quays Theatre, it is well signposted and there are plenty of friendly staff around to help if you are stuck. We took our seats in the Quays Theatre and awaited the start. The theatre is smaller and more intimate than the Lyric Theatre, the stage seems very close. The chairs are comfortable and there is plenty of leg room.
The show started a little after 8pm, with a support act. This young comedian, Mark Simmons, was a great warm up act. His jokes were quick and to the point, quite similar to Milton Jones. He had the crowd laughing and also groaning with some of his jokes! He would actually get on really well with my dad who makes a pun out of anything. He commented that no one heckled him, which is always a good sign. Although coming across as a little nervous to begin with he completed his set with a lot of laughs and applause. I would be surprised if we don’t see more of him in the future, keep an eye out!
This set was followed by the interval, I found this a little unusual as we hadn’t even seen Seann yet! When he did arrive on stage at around 8:45pm he was definitely worth the wait. He had the audience in stitches from beginning to end.
If you are reading this Mr. Walsh, the best part of the show was definitely when the man was eating his crisps! And can you please stick to the script in future?!
The show was based around his life, now that he has moved in with his girlfriend. It is cleverly based around all the things he has had to learn now that he is sharing his flat. His gags about laziness were hilarious, and I can certainly see my fiancé using the ‘activity intolerant’ excuse! His stories about healthy eating led to a member of the audience commenting on ‘smoking cheese’ which had Seann himself in fits of laughter. These little exchanges with the audience were great, and as the theatre is small it is easy to hear the comments.
One of the stories about getting drunk really struck a chord and had everyone in stitches. His facial expressions were hilarious and I could definitely see a few of my mates doing the things he spoke of! The way that he made the audience relate to what he was saying was very clever and made you feel like a part of the show. He was funny and clever throughout, and despite talking about being tired all the time, he was full of energy.
Before last night I hadn’t seen Seann Walsh perform before so didn’t know what to expect. I would definitely go to one of his shows again in the future, he was extremely funny. As the show drew to an end he thanked the audience and then decided not to leave the stage and come back for an encore as he wasn’t confident enough that we would still be there when he came back! He needn’t have worried, I would have sat and listened to him for much longer. He sat at the back of the stage and had a drink then stood up again for his encore. This included a letter from his girlfriend, Rebecca, putting her side of the story. I thought this was a sweet and clever touch. He then did some impressions, obviously a great talent of his! If I had of closed my eyes during his Michael McIntyre, I would have thought he was actually in the room! Brilliant!
We had a really great evening watching 2 very talented comedians. If you get chance to see Seann Walsh I would highly recommend him, and Mark Simmons is well worth a watch too.
Seann Walsh is currently on tour with 28 until 27 June 2015. For more information, tour dates or to book tickets at a venue near you visit www.seannwalsh.com.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000