ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL: Bec Hill: If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off

Did you ever want to be a superhero but didn’t know where to start? Bec Hill’s Stand-Up comedy currently being seen at the Adelaide Fringe Festival looks at becoming a superhero from car to cape and with cheese on toast thrown in for good measure.
ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL: Bec Hill: If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off
Adelaide Fringe Festival: Bec Hill: If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off Did you ever want to be a superhero but didn’t know where to start? Bec Hill’s Stand-Up comedy looks at becoming a superhero from car to cape and with cheese on toast thrown in for good measure. We are first introduced to Bec Hill through a quirky film, which draws on comic books and dubbed movies where our female protagonist battles procrastination. It leads right into the performance as our heroine comes running in from the back of the audience and jumps straight into it. She introduces herself: a home grown Adelaide girl with nerd parents and a scooter with aspirations of becoming a superhero. The show is dotted with short films including appearances by the likes Adam Hill, Ross Noble and Dave Calam who discuss their own super hero aspirations as well as the audition tapes for Bec’s would be sidekicks. This is contrasted against mini role plays where she acts out her experiences in trying to become a Superhero. Interacting with the crowd, Bec has a quick wit and is confident and plucky. Drawing audience interaction can be tricky but she manages to balance it well. Bec provides ‘insight’ into the life of a Superhero. She uses simple sketch books to etch out short stories in which we meet unique hero characters. While these are basic texta drawn stick figures, she uses paper slides to animate them for hilarious effect. The show is visually interesting, (particularly for those who will recognise iconic Adelaidian landmarks and local hero Johnny) and moves from scene to scene, changing pace and style but keeping relaxed and informal. The audience can identify with her tales. Swapping between the sketch books, simple stand up comedy, role play (with herself) and short films, If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off is a original performance and Bec Hill is definitely a comedian to keep and eye on. Tickets to Bec Hill currently performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival are from $17.75 to $22.75. The season is playing at The Garden of Unearthly Delights - The Pod Rundle Park, Corner of East Terrace & Rundle Street Adelaide until 21 March. 50c from every full price ticket sold will be donated to the Red Cross's Victorian Bushfire appeal.

Jade Wildy

Friday 13 March, 2009

About the author

Jade Wildy is an art theorist and historian based in Adelaide, Australia and she is currently studying for a Masters of Art History at the University of Adelaide. Jade holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, with a major in ceramics from the University of South Australia. Jade aspires to become an art writer and researcher to pursue her love of visual art and art history. Her current research interests centre around contemporary art with a particular focus on Environmental Art, but she also has a love for psychology, biology and contemporary culture through art, music and dance. Jade enjoys working in her established home studio, as well as fiction and arts writing, and have written numerous reviews for ArtsHub Australia on both visual and performing arts in addition to several book reviews.