Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Fascinating Aida star still gets stage fright

DILLIE KEAN is not the kind of woman who minces her words. One of the stars of song and comedy trio Fascinating Aida, she has been in many shows in her long career, including a six-week stint in a Dublin theatre of the seminal feminist work, The Vagina Monologues. But despite being an independent career woman, she’s not a fan of the show.

“It’s extremely funny, and there’s a kind of magic to it,” she says. “But otherwise it’s a meretricious piece of old tripe. I did it every night for six weeks and I never discovered hidden depths to it.

“It’s very funny and it’s very of its time. It was dangerous then talking about the vagina and all that, but there’s nothing more to it than that. It’s not a great piece of theatre.”

Take that! The straight-talking, no-nonsense actress and comedienne has spoken.

She is equally blunt when asked about who has influenced her in her main work — writing, singing and playing piano for the award-winning trio, which also stars Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman, who bring their latest show, Charm Offensive, to the Hexagon on February 28.

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