If you’ve not experienced Bec Hill live yet, then I have some bad news for you, my friend – your life has yet to reach its maximum for potential happiness. The good news is, you still have a chance to rectify this. Hooray! Sitting through a whole Bec Hill show is a joyous adventure that will provide you with laughs and lasting memories, a claim that has never been truer than now, with Bec’s magnum opus I’ll Be Bec.
A joyous adventure that will provide you with laughs and lasting memories
Hill is very much a comedians’ comedian, admired throughout the industry for her refreshingly warm on-stage persona and genuinely limitless creativity. Don’t be surprised to see some well-known faces from the world of comedy in her audience. She sets the scene for a community feel in the room before even stepping on stage, and from the moment she walks out in a budget futuristic dress and removes her glammed-up beer-box helmet, the audience are met with an adorable star who will transfix a smile to your face from the outset.
If you were to see her script before going in, it might not appear that funny; but Bec’s utterly infectious delivery converts mundane comments into consistent laughter, in much the same way as Eric Idle’s classic Nudge Nudge sketch. You won't get more than vague details in this review, because going in without clear expectations is imperative to getting the most from the show. That being said, before stepping into Bec’s world, you might want to plan a question about the future of the world, as you’ll get the chance to test her impressive and leftfield improv skills, which today included a silly impromptu call-and-response Australian Eurovision-winning song.
I’ll Be Bec is a rollercoaster of fun from start to finish. Unpredictable, shocking at times, with highlights and realised ambitions that deserve to be cemented in the annals of Edinburgh Fringe legend. Anyone who sees it will know that this is no hyperbole. This truly is a labour of love, with meticulous writing describing an original, yet completely logical, complexly crafted dystopian future, with intelligent political commentary that doesn’t discuss the constantly in-your-face modern political climate.
If the show had one flaw, it would be that most of the laughter is condensed to the first act, but if you go in expecting a thought-provoking piece of quasi-comedy-theatre rather than an atypical comedy show that will have people rolling in the aisles every 60 seconds, this will not disappoint. Those of you who have seen a Bec Hill show before will be truly rewarded for your support, with self-mocking in-jokes that won’t alienate newcomers and a high-production finale that is simply to die for. Do yourself a favour: follow Bec on Twitter where she will light up your feed, watch her on Youtube where you can enjoy past masterpieces, and go see her show without asking anyone what happens in it. Every seat unfilled during her run is a mini-tragedy.