Foxdog Studios (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Foxdog Studios

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.

Foxdog Studios

  • 4 stars

The time here (23:15) is correct, the printed programme is wrong (it's pm not am, our fault). Surreal computer consultants push interactive technology further than anyone’s ever bothered. Join Foxdog Studios on a journey through their latest inventions: use your smartphone to draw your avatar, play games and become a part…