Fascinating Aida

Friday, 24 January, 1997

Dillie Keane, whose resume defies her years, is vocally active in most of the numbers, but also doubles as pianist and percussionist, with the odd burst of harmonica thrown in for luck. It is remarkable that she manages to participate in the choreography at the same time. She also writes most of the material, and was responsible for forming the group.

Adele Anderson, who co-wrote the lyrics for most of the numbers is a wonderful performer. She has a rich deep voice, tremendous expressions, and has a natural flair for comedy. I saw her some years ago in another cabaret group, "Girls Who Wear Glasses" with the multi-talented Joanna Lee, and although she was superb then, has managed to develop her skills further, to become effortlessly funny, with admirable musical ability.

Of Dutch origin, Issy Van Randwyck completes the trio. A stunning young lady, who recently gave a fabulous performance as Petra the Maid in Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" in the acclaimed National Theatre production, has a gorgeous singing voice, is excellent at visual comedy, and proves herself as a competent all-rounder.

Those who have experienced this remarkable trio before, will be glad to know there are some old favourites included, such as "Kay, Why?" and "Sew on a Sequin". There is alot of new material, all of which lives up to this group's reputation. My personal favourite was "New Man", in which the girls ridicule the male of the species, with the assistance of a couple of chairs and a selection of kitchen utensils!

The set is elegant, but kept simple. A piano, a draped curtain at the rear and an oversized candelabra. This combined with Douglas Kuhrt's atmospheric lighting creates the right ambiance and mood for proceedings.

Nica Burns has directed well, giving all numbers a good visual approach, without detracting from the comic material. These three ladies with their quick wit, and all round talent make this a show not to miss.

(Jason L Belne)

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