Fascinating Aida keen to perform at King's Lynn Corn Exchange
Britain’s greatest cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, are starting their autumn tour and will be visiting King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Wednesday, November 3.
Following a smash-hit season in London, Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman begin an extensive UK tour this autumn and continuing into the spring and summer of 2022.
For nearly four decades – with a smash-hit Cheap Flights – Fascinating Aïda have captured the political and social fixations of our times.
Dillie Keane kindly had some time to answer some questions about the future tour and how the last 18 months has affected live performance and entertaining.
How has lockdown affected you in terms of performing?
“I didn’t miss performing, I missed seeing shows and being an audience member.
“When this show is on the road I will be Googling shows to see. I don’t mind what it is - music, clowning, comedy, anything.”
The pandemic caused a lot of the theatre industry to be made redundant. What must be done to rebuild?
“I think we have to go out there and do what we do, I am 69 now and no spring chicken but I do what I do.
“We wanted to put the show back together and update it which has been a labour of love.
“It was fun the first time we did it and it is even more fun this time.
“It’s exciting to put stuff on that people want to come and see and the need for something that makes you leave on a high is essential.”
Have you found time to be creative during the pandemic and write new material?
“The days stretched before me in grim emptiness. I didn’t really write. I am devoted to live theatre so singing onto a screen on a stand doesn’t appeal. I did write some new songs. One is called ‘The I have nothing to do and all day to do it in blues’.”
What advice would you give to musical comedy perfomers to keep the genre of musical comedy continuing?
“It depends on what you are defining as musical comedy. I would say The Boyfriend to Anything Goes utilises comic music, and then there is cabaret. Musical comedy can be studied at drama school but at my level I was lucky as I drifted into cabaret. Advice I would give would be to find ten spots in comedy clubs which are all over the place now. And always keep it short. I speak from experience.”
How do you feel about the idea of labelling female comedians and the comments or attitudes that women aren’t funny? I perform musical comedy so what advice would you give me relating to that?
“I have never really had the problem of ‘female comedy’ as we are in a specific niche. We are not compared to anyone else, we had an hour’s show and were able to do late night performances. Advice would be to go out and find those auditions and spots in comedy clubs.
“There is a certain sexism. Plough your own field.”
Do you have any comic inspirations?
“They’re all dead. I admire Tom Lehrer who is in his 90’s now.
“I do have comic muses who make me laugh such as Phil Silvers and Sid Caesar and Zero Mostel who were great American comics.
“I admire their timing, the mastery and variation of styles. It was genius, in Mostel I admire his heart and timing.”
You’ll be visiting King’s Lynn on November 3 with Fascinating Aida - what do you like about it?
“It’s really pretty, the centre is gorgeous. I like to walk along the quay near to Marriott’s Warehouse.”
Thanks for chatting Dillie and I will be coming along to the show – perhaps we could meet?
“Well I can’t come front of house and nobody can come backstage so if we do meet it will have to be in the car park.”