Lazy Susan @ Assembly George Square

Forgive me, Mother! is a silly sketch show – and also one with understated class

Review by Veronica Finlay | 06 Aug 2018
  • Lazy Susan

Multi-talented comedians Celeste Dring and Freya Parker take on a number of different personas, accents, voices and outfits in a sketch show that varies greatly in terms of topics without compromising on quality.

Forgive me, Mother! is proper funny but also surprisingly mature. The sketches may be silly but there's an undertone of seriousness, such as the rather sweet conversation between two characters in balaclavas waiting for a woman to attack. What sets Dring and Parker apart from many other comedians is that they’re confident enough in their material to let these sketches speak for themselves without dwelling on them or attempting to explain. In fact, everything they do is sensitively judged and unapologetic, which means that when they finally reach the conclusion of a mystery that has been running throughout the show, it doesn’t feel laboured. They simply admit that they fucked up and carry on having fun.

The conversational tone and natural chemistry between Dring and Parker makes this show feel a bit like hanging out with a couple of friends. But this doesn’t take away from their mature approach to wider issues, which are handled with subtlety and cool. This is social commentary with class.

Lazy Susan: Forgive me, Mother!, Assembly George Square Theatre (The Box), until 27 Aug (not 14), 4.20pm, £6.50-10.50

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