Scene from the Sofa – Five minutes with… Lazy Susan

Graham Robson April 29, 2020

Brighton-based Lazy Susan loves a good turn! Singing anything from Bucks Fizz to Broadway, with a helping of warped sense of humour, Susan takes her audience on a magical journey that’s sure to have you all screaming ‘YOU STUPID B****!!!’ Here, Graham Robson takes a spin with the glamourpuss to find out what she’s been up to and what the future holds…

Hey Susan, tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Lazy Susan, taking audiences for a spin on my wheel of misfortune for the past 12 months across London and the South East.

What have you been up to?

As yet I have not been performing online, I was fortunate enough to be furloughed from my day job and would encourage people to support full time performers reliant on their online tips at this difficult time. My plan is however to do a turn towards the end of lockdown when we can all see light at the end of the tunnel to raise money for local LGBTQ+ charities. Expect new songs, new material and a new aesthetic that I’ve been working on in secret with my free time.

We’ve loved watching our local queens tearing it up online… 

From the performances I have watched from some scene legends it is a far more personal experience, you feel a more direct connection with the act as you’re not jostling for viewing position as you would be in a bar. However it is a little like watching a sitcom without the canned laughter! That being said, my partner and I have truly howled laughing at some of the things we’ve seen online (shout out to Cosmic’s makeup tutorial!)

What’s really great about having access to everyone performing online is that you’re no longer restricted by location. Queens you may wait weeks or months to get to see locally are now instantly available at the touch of a button. It’s great seeing everyone performing for their own pleasure and really giving it their all!

Any tips to keep us busy?

Hobbies and a routine have been invaluable! Setting aside time each day to perfect something or try something new. I’ve been learning to sew in anticipation of some rather spectacular weight gain or loss between now and the end of lockdown (feel free to delete as appropriate on sight after this is over).

Thoughts about Brighton & Hove Pride?

It is a terrible shame that it has had to be cancelled. I’m aware of how reliant local LGBTQ+ venues and businesses are on the financial boost each summer – however clearly it is necessary, and I’m sure at the first opportunity we will see our local bars springing back to life, hopefully busier than ever! Also I never was much of a Mariah fan anyway…

What are your plans for when this is all over?

I’m actually part way through competing in Portsmouth Drag Race which is currently on hold until this is over. I have a few tricks up my sleeve for the final which should hopefully bring a win my way. Huge thanks to Cherry Liquor and the whole Hampshire Boulevard team for putting things on hold rather than cancelling altogether. Other than that I intend to continue to push to make the dream of quitting my day job and pursuing drag full time a reality.

Any words of wisdom to keep us going?

  1. You are not hungry, you are bored. Put down the fork!
  2. There is currently no excuse for having a floordrobe.
  3. Try not to get sucked into how depressing the news is right now. Stop scrolling through your phone. Take a break.
  4. Do NOT dye your hair.
  5. Do NOT cut your hair.
  6. Video chats are a blessing. I’ve been able to get in touch with friends and family I’d drifted apart from years ago.

Connect with Lazy Susan on Facebook @LazySusanDQ or Instagram @Lazy_SusanDQ