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Anna Morris: It's Got to be Perfect

Tue 18th – Sun 30th August 2015

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Louis Shankar

at 09:14 on 24th Aug 2015

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The queue for Anna Morris’ show stretched along the pavement and around the corner from the Voodoo Room. We were ushered in by Georgina the bride, complete with wedding dress and veil, and the following hour proceeded as a wedding rehearsal with us as the substitute guests.

It may sound bizarre but Anna Morris pulled it off almost flawlessly, uniting character comedy with audience participation and stand-up style jokes seamlessly. This was the fourteenth of such rehearsals but don’t fret, to get everything perfect there still needs to be a few more; the house was crammed and no one seemed prepared for what unfurled, especially the unlucky victims/lucky participants given a part in the wedding.

Georgina was somewhat uptight, to put it lightly. Everything had to be perfect, which was quite an ask given the venue, the crowd and the preparation. We had an introduction from ‘Brian Blessed’ (an audience member shouting in a mask), some banter with the guests (most of which was insulting unless you came from the home counties), and advice about relationships (“Men are like parking spaces…”).

And, despite the niche theme, nobody was exempt from mockery. If you were married, engaged, in a relationship, or single, there was a barb aimed at you. Loosely masked preprepared responses fell flat at times and the odd quick comment was often lost; nonetheless, there were multiple laughs - from chuckles to full-on belly laughs - every minute.

A highlight was undoubtedly the extract from her charity single, a wonderfully worded pastiche of Lorde’s Royals, recorded in support of BrideAid, Georgina’s charity that aimed to give every bride in the UK their dream wedding. The amount of planning and attention to detail was marvellous: her range of merchandise, a serious of famous lyrics as vows, narcissistic lyrics for a first dance.

The audience, too, deserves a lot of praise, as Anna (as herself) added at the end. Punchlines came from the audience, heckles (well, ‘reasons why these two should not be wed’) were encouraged, with one actually leaving the comedienne speechless.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable show. Not only is it funny, it’s interesting, creative and sweet; it deserves much more than its free entry cost (donations were given at the end) and the ‘hot sweatbox of a room’ (Anna’s own words) for a church.

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Megan Erwin

at 10:15 on 24th Aug 2015

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It’s Got To Be Perfect is based on a very simple premise, but manages to be completely delightful. Anna Morris plays Georgina Octavia Francis, a Made In Chelsea-esque bride-to-be, who has decided that as her wedding must be PERFECT she is going to have twenty-two wedding rehearsals. I went to what was apparently the fourteenth, and with the bar serving champagne, tacky floral arrangements and Georgina herself in full bridal garb, it was quite easy to imagine you were truly at the wedding rehearsal of the most terrifying Bridezilla ever.

Anna Morris is in character from the start, demanding wedding presents (‘oh that can't be for me, that’s from Primark!’), insulting single guests, and imperiously overseeing the seating of her captive guests. Georgina informs us that she is the happiest of all women, or in her own words, ‘the bride equivalent of Gandhi, or Mother Teresa with tighter skin’, because she has managed to bag herself ex-banker turned Conservative politician, Simon Hamilton.

She has now everything – money, beauty, and everyone woman’s dream, a Conservative politician – but it will only be complete with the perfect wedding, bigger than Kate and Wills’, the wedding of the century! Morris is charmingly authoritarian as she bosses about the audience and drags them into playing out her perfect wedding – best man, maid of honour, father of the bride and even a poor bloke dressed as her ‘bridal unicorn’.

It is testimony to Morris’ skill as a comedian that despite creating a pretty trite character in the snobby, ‘r’-rolling Georgina, she not only manages to make her mock horror at a Greggs pasty truly funny, but also strangely loveable. In the full house, everyone young and old joined in with abandon and at the end when she confessed to not having any friends, there was a genuine sympathetic ‘awww’ from the audience.

Of course there are weaker moments, but the warmth and Morris' charisma solidly carries it through.

It’s Got To Be Perfect is probably one of the best ways you can spend an hour at the Fringe for free, so make sure you don’t miss Georgina’s big day!

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