Foxdog Studios @ Heroes, Boteco

The inventive duo return with a lunchtime treat

Review by Polly Glynn | 06 Aug 2018
  • Foxdog Studios

Despite not creating the funniest show this year, Foxdog Studios have made a fascinating one. This time, the pair of tech wizards have invented a robot chef which moves on the audience’s demand. Much like the tech of Simon Munnery’s Fylm School, it has a very DIY feel – a potato masher bolted onto a frying pan isn’t particularly professional-looking, but it wouldn’t be as entertaining if Sainsbury’s sold magnetic pans. Also, the electrode-laden hi-vis vest band deserves a shout out too.

The audience interaction is also pretty knacky. Using your phones to draw a pixel character and race it through a series of mini games is cool, but you feel like you’ve won the lottery when your fat dog or tired rabbit gets to control the foodie Frankenstein. While the meal is prepared, we meet an animatronic duck which truly is the stuff of nightmares. The improvised songs here fall a little flat, but the audience is so committed to the show’s concept, it doesn’t detract from the rest of the hour.

There are some light-hearted chuckles throughout the show, but the audience is mainly sucked in to the world of Foxdog through its innovative format. Make sure to supercharge your phone and prepare for a unique show.

Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef, Heroes @ Boteco (Basement), until 26 Aug (not 9), 1.20pm, £5/PWYW

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