28 January 2016
Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
The Lowry is very easy to get to as it is just off the M602 motorway and there is plenty of parking in the large multi storey car park next to the theatre. If you want to make a night of it there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, to suit all budgets. If you do eat in one of the restaurants you park for free, otherwise it costs around £5.50. The main bar and restaurant area has recently been refurbished and whilst we didn’t have time for a visit it did look very inviting. The theatre is lovely and clean and all the staff are very helpful and friendly. All the seats have a good view of the stage and there was ample leg room.
Isy Suttie is an award-winning comedian, writer, songwriter and actress. The Actual One is her new show about that moment in your late 20s when you suddenly realise that all your mates are growing up without you – featuring stories, songs and readings from her new book of the same name. The book was available to buy after the show and there was also the opportunity to meet Isy and buy a signed copy of the book
My husband is a fan of Isy so he was really looking forward to the show. I am not familiar with her work but I really enjoyed the night and look forward to seeing her again.
Before the support act, Harriet Kemsley; Isy came on stage to introduce herself and welcome everyone to the show, I thought this was really nice and added a personal touch to the show.
Isy talked about past boyfriends, friends settling down, parents and her teenage years growing up in Matlock. Being a similar age to Isy meant it was easy to relate to many of the situations she found herself in. She was very good at involving the audience and there was plenty of laughter throughout the night.
I really liked the style of the show, as well as being a comedian Isy is also a talented musician and songwriter and played songs she had written about her life. The night flowed well and was very well structured and the songs linked the different subjects together. Isy is also an excellent singer and used a lot of different voices which added humour to the performance.
Including the support act the show lasted about an hour and a half including a short interval.
We had a really good night out and I would certainly recommend that you go and see Isy at one of her performances of the tour.
Isy Suttie is currently on tour around the UK, for more information or to book tickets at a venue near you visit www.isysuttie.com.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000