Adele Anderson

An update from Adele

Posted on Thursday, 26 February 2015
by Adele Anderson

Hello again,

All good things must come to an end and so it is with our show Charm Offensive. We’ve toured it around the UK for the past eighteen months but now the time has come to put it to bed and get down to writing a new show. We plan to have that ready to begin touring in autumn 2016. Who knows what the UK will look like by then? After the upcoming elections will it be radically different or just more of the same? We await the election results and fresh inspiration.

Meanwhile, there are still a few weeks to go of this current tour. It’s been fascinating to revisit places we haven’t played for years and to perform in places we have never ever played before, like Crewe, Stockport and Scarborough. Touring is one of the great perks of this strange working life of ours. Although the show finishes in Belfast on 29 March, it will pop up occasionally throughout the rest of the year. We’re performing in St Davids on 3 July (another first), at the Holt Festival on 25 July and on the four major Channel Islands between 28-31 July. We always look forward to this trip: the tiny plane to Alderney, the boat to Sark, the seafood – it’s like a paid holiday.

By then, Dillie will have performed her solo show at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, London. As she puts it, it’s an opportunity to exercise her solo muscle, something we all need to do from time to time. She will include the more personal songs from the back catalogue, plus some brand new ones which may be rearranged to be included in the next FA show. The dates are May/June and are on the venue’s website.

In August, it’s back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform at the Udderbelly (aka The Big Purple Cow). The weather usually leaves much to be desired but it’s great catching up with friends from overseas (like Bob Downe) we only get to see once a year. We make a point of seeing as many shows as possible and sometimes discovering hidden gems. Last year it was Brazilian clowns. Who and what awaits us this year, I wonder?

In the late ‘90s we performed at a marvellous venue in Berlin called Bar Jeder Vernunft. It’s a spiegel tent, located on top of a car park, with a lovely garden outside. The ambience and the acts conjure up a feeling of Berlin cabaret in the 1930s. We are delighted to have been asked to return there in October. If you have friends there who understand English well, please let them know we’re coming.

October also sees us on our first ever cruise. The Fred Olsen ship The Braemar, which sails for a week from Southampton to Tenerife, has themed this trip under the title Sea For Comedy. We love a good pun so we look forward to performing two shows on board.

After that, as I said, it’s heads down to write a new show ready for autumn 2016. We plan to be around for a good while yet!