Review: FASCINATING AÏDA ‘CHEAP FLIGHTS’ - Charing Cross Theatre

Charing Cross Theatre

The ‘Cheap Flights’ tour by Fascinating Aïda has finally reached its London leg. This fabulous threesome of lovely ladies comes with a heavy helping of wit, sarcasm and a devilishly naughty dose of adult humour. Indeed, they describe themselves as “human Berrocca with Prairie Oyster and a couple of Solpadine thrown in” – which certainly gives us all something to aspire to!

The trio is made up of founder Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and newest member Sarah Louise Young. Each one has their own distinct style and sense of humour, and they play off one another superbly between their original musical numbers. Dillie’s piano playing is breathtakingly good – sometimes doubling up as a percussionist – she moves around the instrument with ease, sometimes playing with her feet or even suspended in an upside-down yoga pose… Adele brings a gloriously innocent humour to her performance and matches perfectly with Sarah Louise’s stunning vocal abilities.

These are incredibly funny ladies but they are also immensely clever and their extensive knowledge on musical styles shines through in their compositions. We fly from Bulgarian song cycles to Hebredian folk songs and they even throw in a bit of Irish mouth music and Christian blues for good measure. One of the best moments was in their song titled ‘Lieder’ that tackles the challenging subject matter of singing out of tune in a German accent… quite an achievement!

Combined with their equally clever choreography these ladies are guaranteed to have you laughing in the aisles. It’s cabaret at its best, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. While her humour is delightfully cold you can’t help but warm to Dillie. If you get the chance go see this show – you won’t be disappointed!

Fascinating Aïda ‘Cheap Flights’ plays at the Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NL until 7 January. Tickets £17.50-£29.50 from

Review by Melissa Phillips