Fringe: Anna Morris (Georgina the Bride) interview

Georgina the Bride, Anna Morris’ critically acclaimed comic character, and the star of ITV2’s Bad annaBridesmaid and BBC One’s Outnumbered, returned to the Fringe this August after the success of last year’s sell-out hit show, Would Like to Thank. Georgina (known as Britain’s Biggest Bridezilla in the press) is having 22 wedding rehearsals at the Fringe (one a day) in the lead up to her wedding to Tory Politician, Simon Hamilton at the end of the month.
Gary Flockhart caught with Georgina – that’s right, not Anna, but her alter-ego – to talk about the Fringe and, er, bloody weddings.

  • How has your Fringe been so far?

It’s been wonderful, Gary. I am hugely popular, of course, with thousands of generic members of the public queuing all the way to Leith to meet the Bridal equivalent of Ghandi. Every day we’ve been full, and the wedding rehearsals are really helping to make the big day perfect. So far none have quite been perfect enough, but hopefully we’ll get there! Otherwise, I’ll have to postpone the wedding until it’s right.

  • Tell  me a bit about the show you’re in?

Well, Gary, I detest the word ‘show’. This is NOT Live at the Apollo or a production of Cats. I am doing a WEDDING REHEARSAL – it’s not a show. I take it VERY seriously. I am having one wedding rehearsal a day during the Edinburgh Fringe in order to practice and rehearse my epic £2 million wedding to Conservative politician, Simon Hamilton, which takes place on 31st August in Edinburgh Castle. Generic members of the public are invited to take the place of guests/relatives so that I can try things out. This means by the time the wedding comes along, it WILL be perfect! Most Brides only have one wedding rehearsal, but I am NOT most Brides. I am an icon.

  • What’s the audience reaction been so far?

Well wonderful of course. Standing ovations, tears, joy, admiration. I really do have it all. It’s such an honour for them to meet me and have a glimpse of the wedding of the century. They are very lucky. And they have all joined in, written the Groom’s speech, the vows, chosen the music, helped me practice how to deal with objections. They really are helping to make it perfect.

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  • There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Well you don’t have to ‘fork out’ as it’s FREE. I’m so rich I don’t need to charge. However, I do expect donations to my charity, Bride Aid, at the end of the rehearsal. And I am the most unusual ‘show’ on the fringe – it’s not every day you get invited to a wedding is it? And get to decide how it goes… Each rehearsal is unique to the audience attending, as they make it what it is!

  • Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

No, I don’t have time to see other ‘shows’. I’m a very important woman and I’m busy organising a huge wedding! I have no desire to see students balancing chairs on their heads in regency costume to the music of Coldplay in a damp basement.

  • What’s on your hit list to see?

My wedding dress (the final one is almost ready – as designed by Vera Wang), the Bridesmaid’s dresses (I am still auditioning Bridesmaids so that’s quiet stressful), the Bridal Horse I’ve hired which is having a unicorn’s horn surgically attached, and the helicopter which is lowering me in through the roof of the castle, onto the horse. Is that what you meant?fringe

  • What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

Minor botox.  

  • Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

I only dine in the Balmoral, where i am staying . Oh, and the Pommery Champagne bar, of course! Wonderful! Wonderful!

  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen this year? 

Five members of the audience fighting over me…

Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect, Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68b), until August 30, 3.55pm, free, www.edfringe.com

Main photograph: Edward @edwardkb

Second photograph (pink dress): Idil Sukan @idilsukan

Third photograph (bride): Rosie Collins & C0 @RCollinsPhoto