Keen wit from Dillie

Dillie Keane @ Norwich Playhouse.

Dillie Keane @ Norwich Playhouse

By MICHAEL DRAKE

If a planned West End season materialises for this talented lady the London cabaret scene has a treat in store.

The inspiration behind Fascinating Aida brought her one-woman show to Norwich on Saturday and kept a full house entertained with witty observations on some of life's relatively ordinary situations.

She is “a woman of a certain age” and plays on that with humour, pathos and cynicism, as in her own words, she “looks on love as a bit of a battleground”.

Lying flat upon the grand piano – at the keyboard of which her musical director, Russell Churney was an accompanying joy – to start her Average Morning, Dillie was hilarious in her view of life the morning after.

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Douglas Kuhrt's lighting changes added much to the show, particularly in her acceptance, or otherwise, of the recently discovered “other woman”, Joyce, which is a play in itself – for Dillie is a great actress too.

She's a bit risqué at times and does tend to ramble during “thinking times” but she taps a nifty toe and, except for a few bars which scrape the bottom end of the register, diction is superb as she sings her own songs as if just telling a story. The erstwhile Sunday newspaper columnist is as keen as a newly-steeled knife.

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