Anna Morris: Would Like To Thank (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Anna Morris: Would Like To Thank

Well-written comedy with clever framework and comic timing at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Structuring her Fringe show as a Woman of the Year final (sponsored by YouthAnasia Anti-Ageing Products), Anna Morris has come up with a clever framework to showcase a series of comic characters. All of whom are presided over by last year's winner, Georgina Francis and her mechanical laugh.

The contestants are Nina Gordon, an aggressive businesswomen who made her first million with her Baby Fit gym / crèche facility; Jane Dough, a nervous baker who cooks to fill the emptiness in her life; kick-ass war correspondent Keva O'Leary and Alexi Steele, a militant protester standing up for single women's rights. Each of the contenders is so different and distinct it's a perfect platform for Morris' many comic talents as she brings them all to life with ease. She manages to make each creation strangely likeable even though most are desperate and slightly deranged. It's the flaws that make them relatable even through their exaggerated characteristics and broad stereotypes.

Morris also copes admirably with a technical meltdown at the start of today's show filling the time with some breezy gags. In a show that’s well-written and demonstrates some deft comic timing, only the songs feel like filler. The fact that the audience decides the winner draws you even further into the whole experience.

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Anna Morris: Would Like to Thank

There are four women. There is one award. Who's going to win Woman of the Year. Better bloomin' well be Anna.