5-6 April 2014
Reviewed by Sue Trish
Having never been to The Lowry Theatre or Salford Quays in Manchester before, I arrived in plenty of time to have a look around and was pleasantly surprised. We arrived by taxi so parking wasn’t an issue, but there seemed to be plenty of parking spaces for such a vast complex.
Situated on the waterside, The Lowry Theatre is an impressive building and home to two theatres, studios galleries, bars and cafes and much more. Inside the theatre was spacious and modern. “What’s on” information was displayed throughout the building and the foyer was bright and welcoming. The ticket office was easily located and queues were surprisingly small given how busy the theatre was. Ticket office staff were very friendly and helpful and directed us towards the correct theatre.
There were ample food and drink facilities, all of which were well staffed meaning there was no queuing. Drinks and snacks were reasonably priced and there was a good selection. Staff informed us of the facility to pre-order drinks for the interval and helped us take our drinks to the seating area near the theatre our show was in. The staff at The Lowry definitely helped to make our experience both pleasurable and memorable.
The show itself started on time with the support act Romesh Ranganathan providing an excellent and hysterical opening platform for the evening. With material ranging from life as a father to dinner parties and cheese pasties, his observational comedy was second to none.
Seann Walsh arrived on stage to cheers and applause. Titled the Lie-in king, the show is about Walsh’s failed attempts at growing up and becoming more responsible.
The set covers a lot of the usual stuff; moving house, hangovers, Facebook, yoga, iPhone battery life and living life alone in the big wide world. Predictable as the subject matter may have been, more often than not Walsh gives them a hysterical alternative twist.
What really stands out is the physical aspect of his comedy. His stage presence and energy are fantastic and contagious; yet don’t detract from his comedy like other well known comedians. His set is impressive, sharp, assured and very funny. At one point, Walsh does uncannily accurate impressions of Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre, literally leaving the audience in tears of laughter.
A technical blunder with a speaker was handled brilliantly and simply made for a series of hilarious unplanned jokes and banter with the engineers.
The show is packed full of roguish humour and delightful observation, much of which you can find yourself relating to and nodding in agreement.
The Lie-in King is great. It’s a candid account of him trying to grow up and be more responsible and it not going to plan. He comically paints himself as doomed to fail with his tales of hangover hells, relationships and battles with moving to the big city. Seann is a great observational story teller who kept the whole audience engaged and laughing throughout.
Highly recommended show.
Seann Walsh is touring the UK until July with the Lie-in King, for more information and tour dates or to book tickets visit www.seannwalsh.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | Box Office 0843 208 6000