Freya Parker (right) and Celeste Dring, AKA Lazy Susan. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer
Comedy sketch duo Freya Parker and Celeste Dring, AKA Lazy Susan, are describing their feelings about being named rising stars in 2020 by this paper. Were glowing, deadpans Dring. Buoyant. Its tricky to get things done because we keep floating up off the floor.
Trying to interview the pair involves separating fact from their flights of fancy. Were both from showbiz dynasties, claims Dring. Our parents are clowns.
Parker picks up the baton: And we met at Eton. Its a heartwarming riches-to-riches story.
Theyve actually been writing and performing together for five years, after being introduced by a mutual friend when theyd left university and were doing bits and bobs in fringe theatre. We started off trying to write a play together but it was so bleak and awful, I shudder when I think of it, cringes Parker. We kept dicking around doing characters instead, so we accidentally began writing comedy.
Last year, the duo released a well-received
sketch show pilot on BBC iPlayer, which then got a terrestrial airing on BBC2. It was based on their sellout Edinburgh run, which sent up post-#MeToo sexual anxiety and saw them greet the audience with: Good afternoon, ladies and predators! This year, more TV projects beckon, but theyre currently top secret. Youll definitely be seeing more of us in 2020, says Parker.
Parker grew up in Teesside, worshipping Vic and Bob (They were like gods in the north east). Dring comes from Wolverhampton, where her early comedic influences were
Nickelodeon cartoon and 1999 beauty pageant comedy Rockos Modern Life : Its got a dynamite cast and was the first time I saw lots of women being funny together, so it was an important film for me. Drop Dead Gorgeous
The Lazy Susan name can be a bit of a liability when it comes to the opposite sex. Its a joke that lame men make, explains Parker. Which ones lazy and which ones Susan? Hur-hur-hur.
And Im like, Are you single? trills Dring sweetly. But I like it because its both an object and sounds like a description of a woman. Parker chips in: I like the fact that its got a Z in it.
Youre not playing Scrabble, mate, says Dring.
As well as having projects together in the pipeline, theyll both be popping up elsewhere in TV comedy this year. Parker is among the ensemble cast of BBC Twos
The Mash Report. Its coming back in spring and Im chuffed to be part of it, she grins. These are dark times, so we need satire more than ever at the moment.
Dring plays Princess Eugenie in royal sitcom
The Windsors. We just shot the new series, which airs next month, she says. Youll have to watch it to see if there are any scenes set in Pizza Express in Woking. No sweat. Michael Hogan 10. Dance
The Dante Project
Inferno from the Dante Project by Wayne McGregor, performed in LA summer 2019. Photograph: Cheryl Mann/The Music Center
Woolf Works (2015), Wayne McGregor pioneered a new form of full-length narrative ballet that yoked together three contrasting acts under one banner. His latest epic piece for the Royal Ballet, where he is resident choreographer, sounds even more ambitious: a journey inspired by Dantes The Divine Comedy, moving from Inferno, through Purgatorio to Paradiso, with a newly commissioned score by Thomas Ads that is symphonic in scale, and designs by the artist Tacita Dean. McGregors muse Edward Watson stars, alongside Francesca Hayward and Matthew Ball at the Royal Opera House (6 May – 1 June). Inferno premiered in Los Angeles in 2019, where it was warmly received; much anticipation surrounds the completed piece. Sarah Crompton 11. Audio
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