Bec Hill in... Ellipsis (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Bec Hill in... Ellipsis

Steve Ullathorne

The pint-sized Australian dynamo deserves an award for this Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show

Bec Hill bounds on stage and executes a delightful mime that is almost as adorable as The Boy with Tape on his Face at his most charming. Bec Hill delivers painstakingly constructed puns that will have you eagerly committing them to memory to test out on friends later. Bec Hill gets anger off her chest with some excoriating rants on personal and political issues. Bec Hill delves into her soul for a confessional and emotional exploration of self-doubt. Bec Hill relates a quest narrative involving a drunken encounter with a celebrity crush. Bec Hill attempts some admittedly poor observational humour.

Bec Hill creates a structure that allows her to showcase every single one of her myriad talents. Skipping between comedic genres as if she has been given the key to the city, the pint-sized Australian dynamo demonstrates her prowess with a neatly constructed show that chronicles her attempts to prove worthy of a comedy award. After giving an impressive demonstration of her range, she delivers all the narrative resolution you could want, ending this thoroughly enjoyable hour with what must be the most unexpectedly uplifting song ever (with a little help from Phil Nichol). Bec Hill deserves her award.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 24 Aug (not 12), 5.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Bec Hill … Ellipsis

Bec announced – in October last year – that she was going to write an award-winning comedy show. This show may or may not be that one.