Legs @ Just the Tonic, Caves
A wonderful mix of sketch, gags, clowning and downright silliness sees all possibilities for leg-related content explored
This show just goes to prove how many leg-related props there are in the world. In Julia Masli and the Duncan brothers' show, legs are personified, sketchified, chopped, de-socked and placed in plant pots. It’s a world of leggy nonsense from the get-go as legs are praised, having been so long undervalued. From here, you’re treated to a wonderful mix of sketch, gags, clowning and downright silliness as all possibilities for leg-related content are explored.
The tenuousness of the premise is the crux of the fun, as the cast attempt to set things up in a meandering manner that includes many a gag. More authority or just flat-out craziness at the start of the show would help to get the audience into more of a frenzy and give the show the kind of cult energy it deserves. That said, the solo pieces by Masli do a lot to bring the audience out of the cold and into the weirdness with set pieces that hit every beat, leaving the audience in stitches.
The show deserves a lot of credit for its inventiveness and relentless refusal to veer from its premise, as it reaches the purest forms of nonsense and silly. If you’re not laughing, you’ll certainly be saying ‘What the fuck?’ to the person beside you. It can be frivilous but it’s still a good time; if you’re sick of stand-up, do yourself a favour and use your legs to go see Legs.
Legs, Just the Tonic @ The Caves (Just Up the Stairs), until 25 Aug, 9.05pm, £5-8/PWYW