Nerdy feat of excellent comedy engineering
'Stop laughing at metal!' demands Mr Boxhat, proprietor of the metal recycling plant we now work in, and a man whose name is awesomely apt. The line shouldn't be especially funny but, as delivery is everything in this unhinged musical exploration of high-tech audience participation, it just kills.
Foxdog Studios are two very smart, nerdy guys who have wired themselves up as instruments to accompany our journey into a surreal virtual world where the acme of high living is sucking Dooley's – a toffee cream liqueur experience – out of clothing at Leeds Ceilidh Festival. The community feeling engendered by an audience fiddling with their own smartphones to control the story's characters is palpable. It's a huge treat for everyone, although those with phones that can't deal with their technology will feel a little frustrated after a while.
That said, this show is a feat of comedy engineering, especially Mr Duckhat, an inspired, unnerving creation, and the pair have even remembered to cater to the section in the room that has a poor stage sightline. This is the free festival done right, with incentives for generous bucket donations, and is well worth the late-night trip south of the Meadows.
Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, until 28 Aug, 11.15pm, free.