How To Be A Better Human

How to Be a Better Human is a spoken word comedy about grief, loss and self-acceptance.

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    21 Jul

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    The Old Courts
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    Doors open

In 2019…I lost my Dad.

Well, I didn’t lose him. I knew exactly where he was – in the coffin at the front of the crem.

It tells Chris’ story of losing two of the biggest relationships in his life – Dad and Wife – in the space of a few months. It finds the lightness and humour in death, loss and divorce, exploring how they help us become better at empathising, connecting and understanding. How we can lose everything and still find the strength to rebuild. How growing a beard can be the best decision of your life, and why some hedgehogs are absolute d*******s.

Performed by Chris Singleton and directed by Tom Wright, How to Be A Better Human uses PowerPoint comedy, poetry, autobiographical storytelling, original music by Reece Jacob and animation by Huckleberry Films to open accessible conversations about grief, loss and mental health. Ahead of a month-long stint at Summerhall for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Chris brings his stunning show to Wigan Old Courts. Come and see the show everyone will be talking about this summer.

“A true artistic vulnerability that absolutely chimed with our audience.”

– Rio Matchett, Leeds Playhouse

“A superb and slick debut. A son’s touching eulogy to his dad. A man bettering himself in the face of adversity. A surprisingly hilarious top night out.”

– Porl Cooper, Harrogate Theatres

“There are autobiographical shows that ask ‘why me?’, and shows that ask ‘what can we learn from this?’ It is clear which one this is.”- Richard Warburton, Artistic Director of Theatre in the Mill

“It’s the humanity of Chris’ writing that compels you: candid, unafraid, harrowing, startling and compassionate in all the best ways, pulled together with a clarity of vision and beauty of language that simply will not let you go.”

– Dawn Bauling, Indigo Dreams

“You make grief accessible to the masses.”- Audience member


Unreserved Seating – Seats are unreserved and you will need to choose your seat as you enter the venue.  If you wish to sit together with people you have arrived with, we  recommend arriving at  doors open time to choose consecutive seats although we do not guarantee this is possible. Ushers may also ask you to move or condense your group to free up seating for other audience members to be seated.

  • The Theatre is accessible from street level via a flight of stairs.
  • Wheelchair users can access our Theatre using our Supertrak wheelchair stair lift.
  • There is an accessible toilet on this level.
  • The Theatre bar area is accessible for wheelchair users.
  • There is no lift in our building.
  • Blue badge holders are entitled to park on the single yellow line on Crawford Street during its times of operation for up to 3 hours without charge.
  • Performance Time: 8:00pm

  • Age Suitability & Warning: 16+

  • Accessibility: Find out more >

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