Sketch duo Celeste Dring and Freya Parker, aka Lazy Susan, bring a flawless hour of obscurity with a strong underpinning message to The Assembly’s shipping container venue.
Despite assuring the audience that there is no hidden agenda, it’s clear that Lazy Susan’s hour-long steamroller of a show reflects and responds to the #MeToo movement – “can’t two women do a sketch show on the Fringe without a man trying to murder them?”
Where they have once hidden behind characters, Dring and Parker take centre stage. Well observed sketches such as ‘A Frenchwoman in a French movie written by a man’ (which left audience members shouting ‘Dance with me Thomas! Dance with me in the rain!’ at one another as they left) hilariously reflects on gender perception. The duo presents a quick-fire laugh-a-second sketch of ‘Sexy Women with a Catch’ and add a dash of dark humour to the mix as they portray two rapists in balaclavas having a seemingly sweet conversation in the bushes. Where an idea may seem nonsensical on the surface there is an apparent undercurrent of truth to Lazy Susan’s performance, bringing a contemporary meaning to each of their skits in the wake of exposed male misbehaviour.
Repeating narratives pop up as Dring extrovertly flirts with a man in the front row and kills a seemingly endless number of flies (a story thread which ends in a hilariously unexpected crescendo) whilst Parke, who brings a neurotic and paranoid balance to Dring’s outrageousness, answers creepy questions from her Mum on the phone. These threads interweave as the show hits its climax and the audience sits gobsmacked as storylines are resolved with varying degrees of absurdity.
It is clear by the end of the hour that Lazy Susan, the ultimate Queens of the Call Back, have delivered something truly incredible to this year’s Fringe.
Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!, Assembly George Square Theatre, until 27 Aug, times vary