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Bitchelors: A Work in Progress - Brighton Fringe 2014 review by Amelia Charman

Bitchelors (Work in Progress), Company: Anna Morris
Venue: Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant, Category: Comedy
30-31 May 17:45 Free, non-ticketed

The Quadrant's tiny upstairs room was stuffy and packed with Bank Holiday revellers, who congregated to see acclaimed character comedian Anna Morris's one-woman show.

An hour in her company proves that Morris is a tour-de-force, flitting between characters with ease, and always with such enthusiasm. With only four shows in Brighton in preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe this August, the show had a few kinks to be ironed out, but kudos to Morris who kept the audience laughing from start to finish. What was evident though was the originality of the characters, turning the idea of what 'woman' is on to its head and burying it in the sand.

The formidable 'Georgina the Bride' who can be found on YouTube opened the show, pleading for the audience to dig deep into their pockets and spare any change towards her worthy Bride Aid fund.

The first woman competing for the sought after prize of 'Woman of the Year' was Liverpudlian entrepreneur, Mother and wife Nina Gordon. It is fair to say that Nina Gordon really did have it all. She introduced the audience to the concept of tying children to their arms as a means to work off the baby weight.

My favourite character was Jane Dough, who on first impressions was a shy and nervous baker (bread puns!). The show took a dark turn when Jane emotionally revealed she had been lacing her sweet treats with cocaine and MDMA for the last two years.

Bitchelor Alexi Steele – feminist, loud-mouth and bitchelor stormed the stage and stirred the audience into a frenzy with her rally cry for a union for single people. There was no room at the inn for those unlucky enough to have a ring on their finger.

The undisputed winner was home counties 'Baking Bad' reprobate, Jane Dough. But the real Woman of the Year is Anna Morris for creating such an enjoyable and hilarious show.

If you're lucky enough to be in Edinburgh this summer, be sure to check out Bitchelors.

Amelia Charman - follow on Twitter @ameliacharman1

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