Robin Ince & Michael Legge: 'Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire'
They tell us this is the last time Ince and Legge will be angry on stage together, which may be for the best. The pair seem rather comfortable with the format, improvising their way through the evening and confidently riffing off one another's foibles. There are plenty of laughs, and anger too; but it feels like anger for the sake of it, rather than something borne of genuine frustration.
The show sparkles when Ince is at his Harry Enfieldesque best, ranting about politics and people clipping their fingernails on public transport. We are treated to a whimsical visit from Josie Long, who begs the Scots not to leave the United Kingdom, while Legge grumbles about attitudes to veganism and berates the sound technician.
When the audience is asked to vent on what makes them angry, the show dips. Such a ploy is always a risk, and perhaps this is an unlucky night – those who volunteer answers are too fond of their own voices and opinions to allow the professionals much chance to play with the material.
Anger is a dish best served hot and fresh, but it feels in this performance as though it has been left sitting out a little too long.