Anna Morris @ PBH Free Fringe, Voodoo Rooms
Fringe favourite Anna Morris' classic character overshadows her other creations
Back with some new characters and a familiar one, Anna Morris entertains with her huge stage presence and knack for improvisation.
The four characters on display are distinctive. However, her 'Bridezilla' Georgina remains the most fleshed-out personality. After performing the character for several years, Morris unsurprisingly looks most comfortable here; bringing Georgina’s minutiae to the fore and playing with the audience the most. Toying with the same chap throughout, Georgina beckons him onstage to be the Best Man, making him confess to ruining the stag do she’d planned and performing an inspired first dance. There’s also a touch of Victoria Wood as Georgina warbles through her charity single for Bride Aid.
With such detail in one character, it’s no wonder the other three fall a little flat. J’anene on the HMS Bombastic plays on slightly tired northern tropes (Skegness is perfectly fine, thank you) but it’s refreshing when the ship’s fate is a surprise. YouTuber Taylor is delightfully brattish but becomes more so as the jokes turn repetitive. And poor Jane Doe, the shy baker and final act, isn't quite given enough stage time. Disappointingly, there’s no real narrative between them, making it less slick than other character shows. Although Morris does create an atmosphere where you leave feeling like you’ve made four new pals.
Anna Morris: Bombastic, PBH Free Fringe, Voodoo Rooms (Ballroom), 4-26 Aug (not 15 & 22), 4:40pm, Free
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