Morgan Berry is perhaps one of the few pet bereavement counsellors performing at this years Edinburgh Fringe (although it is is Edinburgh so there maybe one or two more).
Hello. How are you today?
I’m ok, steady, my angina’s playing up a little, my bones are feeling a little cold and have got an itchy scalp from a new shampoo I’ve been trying, but apart from that, it’s a beautiful day!
Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?
I can’t wait it’s going to be great, I’m actually on my way as I type, I decided to walk from Barnsley and stop off at some camping sites to get into shape. I’m still carrying a lot of weight since Christmas.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It’s a bit like that Ronseal stuff I’ve been using for my new decking, it does actually what it says on the tin. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to helping as many people cope with their grief from losing a pet rabbit. I make people feel better with my Freedom Healing Therapies. One thing I forgot to mention in the blurb is about merchandise. I will be selling air fresheners at the end of the show. Just had a new Apple and Kidnap flavour come in from Botswana that the locals in Barnsley are going crazy for.
What are your tips for getting people to see your show?
I will be looking for people who look like they are struggling with their grief and agony from having lost a rabbit, so I’m looking for people that look languid, lacking in spirit, hunched shoulders, bags under the eyes, dried patches of white salty tears on clothing from where they’ve been crying.
Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in your audience?
Mainly people who have lost rabbits and those kind souls who have come along to support the people who have lost rabbits. Also, anyone who is looking for a show that lifts the spirits and makes them think differently about grief.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
I will be staying in a tent and moving around the city, I don’t like to stay in one place too long. If I meet any kindred spirits I might ask them if I can pitch up in their garden for a couple of nights. Always nice to get a homemade brew in the mornings. I can do their lawn in return for hospitality and get rid of any moles that might be digging up their turf. I’m looking forward to doing a bit of scrumping and living off the Scottish land for a whole month.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
I’m really excited about meeting and mixing with the Scottish people. I’m going to make an effort this year to go on a couple of rabbit treks around Arthur’s Seat and see how all the ‘wildies’ are getting on. I always make a couple of sacrifices and do a bit of meditating which keeps my energy levels up!
What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?
I’ve never been and don’t really eat potatoes, they give me terrible seizures. I would probably just have the topping and not the potato. So lettuce!
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Here’s a testimonial from a person I recently helped.
“Three years ago I lost my pet rabbit Rambo to Myxomatosis after he came into contact with a wild rabbit. This was and still is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure. I have no family and only two close friends in other countries, and felt totally alone. Your methods of coping really lifted my spirits and off the back of coming to see you I met the man of my dreams after he was in the same boat as me. We are getting married next year and treating ourselves to laser eye surgery in honour of Rambo and Keith. We would like you to be guest of honour at our wedding. Will you come? Thank you for being you Morgan.” Denise Hobbletoft, Gillingham.
Morgan Berry: Watership Down
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