There’s an adjustment period right at the beginning of Colin Leggo’s Free Fringe turn at the the Blind Poet. The audience is drawn to looking at his leg prosthesis – without, of course, being inquisitive or ghoulish, you understand. This soon passes – for Colin’s travails in getting his new artificial leg are pretty much what sources this performance. On paper, this might seem slightly odd; in performance it comes across reasonably successfully.
Getting over the adjustment period is Colin’s forte. He dons his main prop, a Willy Wonka coat – and yes, it’s that song, “Welcome to the world of Amputation”. What follows shows how Colin reached this point: no sudden, horrific accident – more a catalogue of mishaps, many centred around his burning desire to be on stage. As you might guess, this provides rich comic material : computer simulations showing how to manage a support cage, tactless nurses, misadventures with an air boot. What comes across is Leggo’s sharp eye for some of the more ridiculous aspects of society’s treatment of his kind of disability. And his own pragmatic approach: he cheerfully turns it to personal advantage – by, for instance, selling bizarre explanations of his condition to a range of scandal mags. Computer images of these, and frequent short videos, mean the pace rarely flags. So by the end, the hour has passed quickly; and how he deals with his situation comes to seem life-affirming.
Runs until 30 August 2015