Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
It’s a brilliant way to showcase your work, multiple times in the biggest arts festival in the world. Having a deadline forces you to write something long form, you get better as a performer/writer because you have to do it so many times (I do about 22 shows) and it might help you get more work in the long run if it raises your profile, you get nice reviews and some TV people see you. You also get to spend a month in the beautiful city of Edinburgh!
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
My show takes place at the wedding rehearsal of Britain’s Biggest Bridezilla. I’ve been to about 20 weddings so I have a ton of material! I found further inspiration from friends who had bridezilla anecdotes (like the ones that got put on a pregnancy ban when they were Bridesmaids, and some that got put on the children’s table because they were single). I just took the idea of a wedding with an unlimited budget, a snobby and rude Bridezilla and using the audience as wedding guests – and ran with it.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
Last year’s first show. I was ill with a virus and I didn’t know if the show would even work and if I’d get an audience. I’d kept it so low key. Then suddenly we were turning people away because too many turned up to fit into the venue, and I got a standing ovation. I was totally stunned! That’s why I’m bringing it back this year – but to a bigger room.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
I did a very late night gig once at the Fringe when I was in a double act. We weren’t on until about 1am on a Saturday night and it was full of some very drunk stag groups and very rowdy. Our stuff was very wordy and we probably chose the wrong sketches to perform. Half the audience were booing us, the rest were telling them to shut up or just chatting. It was horrible!
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
I always love Holly Burn’s bonkers character shows and Aidan Goatley is an adorable and brilliant stand-up.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Puddles Pity Party, Birthday Girls and Colin Hoult as Anna Mann.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
Jennifer Saunders – she’s utterly fabulous and I want her to play Georgina’s Mum!
The reason why one should come and see your show?
Every show is different because it’s semi-improvised and much of the content is decided by the audience. You get to become my wedding planners: help pick songs, write speeches, shout objections… It’s your show, as much as it is mine!
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Stand on Princes Street and admire the view of the castle. It’s breathtaking.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne and Joan Rivers please!
Show Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgxmA0iVATM
Anna Morris ‘It’s Got To Be Perfect’ is at The Voodoo Rooms – Ballroom 3.55pm