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Mitch Benn: Don’t Believe a Word –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest

The English rap star Tinie Tempah once sang, “it’s Written in the Stars”, well if Mr Tempah ever bumped into Mitch Benn, Mr. Benn would explain in great detail how astrology was nonsense, and he’d do it with a charming little ditty to boot!

Benn who is best known for his musical output on the BBC Radio 4 show, The Now Show, brings his Don’t Believe a Word show to The Lowry. The premise for the show is a simple one; it’s all about scepticism and, believe you me, he’s a sceptic over many subjects that include: astrology, homeopathy, superstitions, religious fundamentalism, and quite frankly all come in for a savaging from Benn.

Benn strides on to stage with all the force of storm Henry, and immediately explains the genesis of the show: dismissing some of odd beliefs people have with cold hard facts. Benn’s delivery is full of passion and conviction, that instantly you’re engaged and he fully has your attention. He rattles through his material at break-neck speed, and as there are some meaty topics covered it’s not always easy to keep track of what’s going on, so, while you’re trying to get to grips with one concept, he’s bounced on to another. It’s not so much a stand up show more a university lecture, delivered by your favourite teacher, there’s even a flip chart detailing the difference between an agnostic and an atheist

The show is littered with Benn’s trademark satirical and thought provoking tunes including: Still Gonna Do It, wrote in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last year, these are a welcome respite and a chance to catch your breath from the claim and counter claim on the existence of a God.

You can’t help but admire Benn’s intellect, his knowledge and passion for the subject really draws you in, while not always hilarious Don’t Believe a Word is a certainly a thought provoking, well crafted show and worth seeing. A spot of comedy mixed with a bit learning to boot, what’s not to like?

Reviewed on 31 January 2016

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