Review – Bec Hill in… Ellipsis
The tin can phone starts buzzing – the ringtone Loser by Beck – and our Bec answers, only to find her self-doubt loudly berating her on the other end. She’ll be hearing from that voice in her head a few more times before the night is through.
Bec spends the next hour taking the audience on a funny, visually entertaining and pun-packed journey as she explores the reasons why she has yet to win a real comedy award. Is it because she is not angry and cynical? In an attempt to overcome this possible comedic flaw, Bec creates the Wheel of Anger with topics such as bricks, travel sickness and misogyny – they all make her ‘wheelly angry’. Or perhaps it’s because she doesn’t tell obvious jokes or because she is Christian? Her self-doubt certainly seems to think so. Each potential reason comes with delightfully humorous anecdotes and it is almost impossible not to like this petite broad-smiling Adelaidian. The stand out moment of the night, however, is Bec’s ingenious use of sketch books. In what can only be described as sketch book puppetry, Bec takes the concept of pop-up books to a whole new level.
With the end of Fringe looming closer, this show should definitely be on the list. A show that ironically won her ‘Best Show’ in the Barry (UK) Performers’ Choice Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.