Cheap flights and a homage to Tesco

Dillie Keane will be starring in Fascinating Aida at the Kings Theatre, Southsea on February 24.
Dillie Keane will be starring in Fascinating Aida at the Kings Theatre, Southsea on February 24.

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Have you ever discovered a cheap flight online, and been elated when you realise you could be whisked away on your dream holiday for just pence? But then, with a closer look at the small print, realised that actually there are so many extra costs you wish you hadn’t bothered?

Kings Theatre patron Dillie Keane does, so much so that she put it in song. The Portsmouth-born singer and actress is bringing her iconic show, Fascinating Aida, to the theatre on February 24.

Having recently performed in Chichester, Dillie says: ‘ I’m almost home, which is good! The show takes a look at life we live in at the moment. It’s about people keeping their money, and there’s a homage to Tesco in it.

‘There’s also a song about people who pick and mix oriental religions. It’s basically a look at life in comedy and song.’

Fascinating Aida has been nominated three times for an Olivier Award, and has received over seven million hits on YouTube. Dillie has been producing the show since 1983, aside from a couple of breaks in between.

Having grown up in the city, and a patron of the Kings Theatre, she says: ‘I love that theatre more than any other, it’s just round the corner from my old home in Nelson Road, and I still have friends in Portsmouth.

‘I grew up in Portsmouth, I’m a Pompey girl, although my mum used to say Southsea, not Portsmouth.’

With plans for the future, it doesn’t seem Dillie will be thinking about anything else, as she exclaims: ‘We’re doing Fascinating Aida, and more Fascinating Aida, and then some more Fascinating Aida. I’ve given into it!’

Tickets cost £19.50 from Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or go to kings-southsea.com.