I took a gamble on Mitch Benn, and it paid off.
It’s About Time is a mix of music and political commentary held in the Jersey room under Bristo Square. I booked in after remembering being sent and enjoying several of his YouTubes.
He sings as he sees it, and what he sees are rich entitled idiots destroying the country.
The audience for my visit, I suspect, are hardcore Benn fans, and I deduce that from their reactions to references and the speed at which those connections were made.
Thankfully, you don’t need to be a hardcore Mitch Benn fan to enjoy It’s About Time. I enjoyed the rants, the insight behind the rants and the musical talent.
The songs of Mitch Benn
I think we had about a half-dozen songs in the hour, which is pretty good going. If we had more, then it’s a good sign; it means they went down so easily that they flew by.
That’s kinda the point of the show. It’s About Time leans into the fact/joke that if you’re having fun, time goes quickly.
Not all the songs are political, and they’re not all in the same style either. My favourite was a looper song about nostalgia. That’s a clever concept. A looper song uses looping tracks to build up layers. Benn records each one live on stage, and before you know it, there’s a complete masterpiece, going back in time, forward again and a song about looping time.
Impressively, Mitch Benn also seems to control much of the music from his phone. There’s no backing band, no extra singers, and this is a one-man show (with technical support, of course), and it’s all the more impressive for it.
I’m glad I took the chance and booked in. Mitch Benn is a talented performer and songwriter too. It feels to me that this is the true essence of the fringe.