Lazy Susan (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Lazy Susan

Steve Ullathorne

Revolving set of superb sketches featuring subtle performances and excellent writing at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

Last year, Celeste Dring and Freya Parker helped cause a Free Fringe stir down the Jekyll & Hyde as part of ‘dark’ sketch group, Lebensmüde. Now, they are back as the Lazy Susan duo with an exploration of Extreme Humans. But don’t worry, there are far more sordid goings-on occurring in other new sketch shows (and yes, that means you, Gein’s Family Giftshop). The over-riding intentions of Dring and Parker towards their characters are driven by affection rather than degradation. And they have cute puppets, even if they are continually on the profanity-fuelled run from nuptials.

Rather than a single narrative or some overarching theme which might infiltrate a series of diverse sketches, they have gone with a shorter collection of characters who continually crop up, banking on the audience being delighted when those set-ups return a couple more times. The converse, of course, means an inward crowd sigh when unfavourable scenarios are resuscitated.

Fortunately, there are no let-downs in their revolving script featuring a double denim Geordie man (the pair revel in fake facial hair), very posh warring siblings, a horribly fake US talk show host and a sad girl reading from her diary. If anything unites all this, it’s nothing more complicated than subtle performances and excellent writing.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12), 7pm, £8-£10 (£7-£9).

Lazy Susan: Extreme Humans

Sketch duo Lazy Susan unleash a gang of characters clawing their way back from the brink.