Dillie Keane – Love and other bad ideas

6 Dec 2020


DILLIE KEANE - new solo show

Love And Other Bad Ideas

“A rare performer who can produce sharp, piercing satire and deliver heartbreaking songs with élan.”  Huffington Post * * * * *

After far too much bloody gardening leave (thank you Covid!), Dillie is back where she belongs - on a cabaret stage, accompanied by the marvellous Michael Roulston.  Her take on life, love and government is cheerfully sour, gently savage and peculiarly mordant - but the beautiful music softens the effect.  She freely admits she has a voice like a dying crow being crushed beneath an angry sheep, but that’s never stopped her.  In fact, she will be singing some perfectly wonderful songs by other songwriters which she recently discovered in New York.  As well as a raft of her own songs too, of course.  A delightful evening.

Dillie Keane is best known as one third of the satirical trio, Fascinating Aïda.   She has also done a fair bit of legitimate theatre:  nominated for Best Actress in the Manchester Evening News for playing Maggie in DANCING AT LUGHNASA.  In 2018, she appeared at the Watermill as Madame Armfeld in Paul Foster’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, since when she has performed her solo show HELLO DILLIE all over the UK, at the Adelaide Comedy festival and in New York’s prestigious 59e59 Theatre, where she received her fourth nomination for a Drama Desk Award.

Dillie is currently pondering an update of the recent Fascinating Aïda show which started out with a three week run over Christmas 2019 and New Year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank.  It was then followed by a stonking sell-out national tour that was sadly cut short by you-know-what.  Three times nominated for an Olivier Award and three times nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award, the three of them are champing at the bit to get back on the road.

A recording of that show will soon be available on the usual channels.

“Exudes faded glamour, a bit like Brighton Sea Front.”  Daily Mail * * * * *

“The wonderful Dillie Keane wears her genius lightly.”  Onstage * * * *

“Life, love and the songwriting process are celebrated in this richly layered cabaret.”  The Stage * * * *

“Her world view is laconic, her lyrics lacerating, her voice now capable of going deeper than a Chilean miner.”  The Telegraph * * * * *