Legs (4 stars)

This article is from 2019


credit: Andy Hollingworth

Absurdist nonsense that goes fantastically out on a limb

A bizarre and ludicrous romp through the history of legs and why they're so wonderful. Legs is the type of show that you can try your best to explain as intellectually and as thoughtfully as possible, but there's really no better way to describe Julia Masli and The Duncan Brothers' hour-long escapade.

The beauty of it all is that there's no logical explanation why you find yourself laughing at Masli's mannequin legs birthing The Duncan Brothers or her drawing eyes and a mouth on each of her thighs, making them eat apples, drink juice and kiss each other. It's pure absurdist silliness, an escape from meaning or relevance, and a chance to lose yourself in this strange limb-obsessed world.

The trio make an excellent, if very odd, team, with Masli adding a deadpan innocence to The Duncan Brothers' bumbling sermons. They bounce off each other with awkward ease, particularly when they take us on a time-travelling adventure or when they host their joint news broadcast about, you guessed it, legs. The show finishes with glorious chants of 'legs!' from the audience and even after everyone has filed out of the venue, you can still hear the faint cry from afar. Days later, you'll still be thinking about this hour and why such a seemingly simple concept has had such an impact. And of course, how underrated legs truly are.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, until 25 Aug, 9.05pm, £8 (£5) in advance or donations at the venue.


  • 4 stars

Julia Masli and The Duncan Brothers Legs* are what most humans stand on. They also allow humans to walk, crouch and lunge. If at any point in your life you have used your legs, thought about legs or if you know someone with legs, then this is the show for you. Legs. *Warning: this show may contain legs. 'You might have…