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About Norris & Parker
Hailed as fearless performers and skilled writers, Katie Norris and Sinead Parker will lure you into their web of surreal comedy like two black widows in Lycra. Sketches, songs, darkness and depravity rule with this priceless pair who first bonded over their “similarly cruel sense of humour.”
Premiering their show See You at The Gallows at the Pleasance Courtyard in 2016 – a sordid soiree full of sketches, characters and songs – it was a hit with audiences and critics alike, accruing numerous 4 and 5 star reviews. In Spring 2017 they had a sell-out run of it at the Soho Theatre and in 2018 Norris & Parker returned to the Edinburgh Festival with their much anticipated new show, ‘Burn the Witch’.
Shackled together by a shared birthday, a shared flat and a shared infatuation with Kate Bush, their growing reputation and fan-base has seen them perform all over the country, with Hull Truck Theatre inviting them to be part of their supported arts scheme. Named as Guardian’s Top Shows to See 2018 the Evening Standard’s Comedy to See 2018 and the Independent’s Top 13 Edinburgh Shows 2018, this darkly dynamic duo are not to be missed.
WATCH NORRIS & PARKER: BURN THE WITCH
Debauched and dirty sketch comedy and song for lovers of the strange, the sordid, the musical and the dark. This latest, hotly anticipated hour from Norris & Parker is a League of Gentlemen-esque comedy-horror that will bring out the filth in the most saintly of comedy fans. The witching hour is upon you.
Reviews and Awards
Norris & Parker were selected for Ireland’s prestigious Cat Laughs ‘Wild Cats’ Programme 2018.
‘A bedrock of fine, funny writing and skilful comic performance’The Guardian
‘Calls to mind Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC Three hit Fleabag. There can be no bigger compliment’The Telegraph
‘Are they the funniest female double act since French and Saunders? We’re sure they’d hate the question but whispers probably’Metro
Norris & Parker Tickets
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Lauded for their comic chemistry, Katie Norris and Sinead Parker first met at the Manchester Met School of Theatre. Neither had done any comedy before they got together, both initially pursuing careers in traditional acting upon graduation.
And some might say they weren’t the most obvious match for each other. Katie admits to The Guardian “Sinead’s quite shy; I was really ballsy and had a bad fake tan. We have the same birthday so were forced to plan a joint night out at Manchester’s Comedy Store where we watched loads of male standups. Sinead was horrified; I thought they were really funny.”
We pushed the boundaries of our friendship quite early on, getting drunk and dancing to Kate Bush, taking our clothes off and running around to Wuthering Heights. After we moved in it became like Withnail and I. We bought a rabbit that roamed around the flat and shat on our cardboard cutout of David Cameron’s face.” And nowadays, Sinead admits “Our boyfriends always find us really intimidating together because we’re a horrible combination. But we also like silliness and finding the absurdity in everyday things.”
Their debut hour, All Our Friends Are Dead, was described as The League of Gentlemen meets Julia Davis, Father Ted and Brass Eye, but with quiche, gin and Disney. The show was a mixture of character comedy and stand up where the duo played gothic twins Cordelia and Ophelia, as well as themselves, struggling through their “Tory hell” quarter life crisis unable to afford cheese and other luxury items. After the show had a highly successful run at the Manchester, Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, the pair returned with See You At The Gallows in 2016, the focus of which was more on musical comedy than sketch. Accompanied by a new addition in the form of a suitably creepy Victorian pianist, the show was hailed by Broadway Baby as an “anthem for the next extreme wave of feminism.” Their latest offering Burn the Witch, a rude, crude and bewitching comedy, sees these two fearlessly funny women becoming the next big go-to act for skilfully macabre comedy and twisted pleasures.
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