If you’re the parent of a young one, there’s no escaping Peppa Pig, the most popular and best loved entertainment for kids between 0 and 6 years.
And to the delight of children all over Australia, Peppa Pig Live! is coming to Brisbane. Treasure Hunt is the first live Peppa Pig production, direct from London’s West End, and the show is coming to Queensland in November. In this critically acclaimed musical production, Peppa Pig and her friends get into mischief on a day out on Grandad Dog’s boat.
Bekki Adams, a bubbly and uniquely talented performer from Brisbane, stars as Peppa Pig, and has won hearts performing to an impressive 130,000 Australian fans, singing and giggling her way through a magical treasure hunt. I caught up with Bekki during rehearsals and guys, she sounds EXACTLY like Peppa!
First of all, tell me a little bit about yourself…
I’m a Brisbane girl and I moved to Melbourne a few years ago for uni. Now it’s great because I get to come home to Brisbane and be Peppa Pig!
How did you end up playing the role of Peppa?
I didn’t know about Peppa at all until I got the audition brief. I love kids shows so I watched an episode…
OK, stop there! You didn’t know Peppa Pig? That just took me to my happy place. I remember those days, Bekki.
Yes, there aren’t any babies in my life. But I’m an actor but I also teach in kindergartens, so telling the children I was playing Peppa Pig made me very popular.
So how did you prepare for the role? Are you a method actor and did you go and live the life of a pig?
Ha! I just watched a lot of episodes and at first I thought “OK, it’s a kids show, I can do this!” About 12 episodes in I realised it’s frighteningly addictive. I watched one this morning, as a matter of fact.
And how did you master the voice?
Just a lot of practice, and I do a lot of silly voices around the house, so that helped.
Tell me about the show. Which characters are involved?
Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, George and Peppa… in fact nearly all of the cast of the show, including Peppa’s red car.
Do you get anyone up on stage with you during the show?
No, but we get everyone to sing and dance together and generally be a part of the show. I grew up in Queensland and every school holiday I performed in children’s shows. They’re a terrific audience because if they don’t like you, they’ll just refuse to applaud. They’re really honest.
I used to be a kids performer as well. I was a clown at parties and I was a kids TV show host. How important do you think it is to get kids to live shows?
I think it’s extremely important. For many kids it’s the first chance they get to see any theatre. It’s such a different experience from watching TV or playing on an iPad.
Well, congratulations, it’s a fabulous step in your career. Who knows? You may even head to England to fill in for the ‘real’ Peppa Pig voice.
That would be amazing, and a real honor if that were to happen!
You can catch Peppa Pig and all her friends from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 November at QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane. For more info, visit our event guide.