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Dillie Keane springs into action with solo show

After celebrating 30 years of Fascinating Aida, Dillie Keane is taking a short break from her gal pals to bring audiences around the country her solo show.

The show was written by herself and Adèle Anderson, which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. Dillie will tour the UK and will be at The Capitol in Horsham on February 18 at 7.30pm.

With brand new tunes, grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and hilarious songs of utter wickedness, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. And she’ll give you her recipe for chutney while she’s at it!

As founding member of Fascinating Aida, Dillie has amassed over 17 million hits on Youtube, for their charming and now infamous takes on a variety of topics, from Cheap Flights to OFSTED, to Dillie’s notorious ode to dogging, which itself has, so far, reached two million views.

Dillie said: “I think I must be descended from a long line of itinerants, because there’s nothing makes me happier than hitting the road again. I’m delighted my little show is getting a longer shelf life and I’ve got a chance to do it in the places I love – our British provincial towns. (You can take a chanteuse out of the provinces… etc.) You see, I only decided to do the show because my dear old pal and colleague from Fascinating Aïda, Adèle Anderson, wanted to go on holiday to North Korea. (Dear God… don’t ask…) I couldn’t bear the idea of sitting home twiddling my thumbs.

“Things didn’t turn out quite as planned. I was rehearsing the show when we got the news that she was not heading East at all. Instead, she’s taken a detour through the North Korea of poorliness, travelling via the chemo day clinic and the hospital ward, poor love. So I suddenly found myself doing the show for rather longer than planned. So, buoyed with the happiness of this result, I can set off on the road once more in the knowledge that she’s getting back to full strength again for Fascinating Aida’s full time return in 2017.” adding: “I am also delighted to be touring with the exceptionally talented Michael Roulston, well known (and much in demand) on the cabaret circuit in London.”

Having studied music at Trinity College, Dublin, and acting at LAMDA, Keane founded Fascinating Aida in 1983, discovering her now long term writing partner Adèle Anderson who joined in 1984. With the trio, she has enjoyed 30 years of success, playing countless tours around the UK and Ireland, featuring stints in London theatres, including the Donmar Warehouse, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, the Apollo and the Garrick. Further afield they have played shows theatres on New Zealand, New York, South Africa as well as one month at the Sydney Opera House.

Away from Fascinating Aida, Keane has presented a number of one woman shows, both in the West End and at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as developing her acting career in plays, such as The Plough and the Stars (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Juno and the Paycock (Leicester Haymarket); Present Laughter (Birmingham Rep) and the Dublin premiere of The Vagina Monologues.

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