Not long now for Abigails performance

Evita at the Mayflower theatre, Southampton from September 5 until 10.

Evita at the Mayflower theatre, Southampton from September 5 until 10.

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Portsmouth may not seem like the home of an Argentinian political leader, but Abigail Jaye grew up and went to school in the city before going to Chichester College.

As previously mentioned in The News, Abigail will be performing at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton this September, as Eva Peron in the classic musical, Evita.

She may have been travelling all over the UK and Europe for over a year with the company, but as her performance gets closer Abigail, 31, is getting excited for her home county debut.

She explains: ‘It’s so wonderful. I always love knowing that some friends are in the audience because it’s sometimes hard performing in front of 2000 strangers. It’s lovely to know I will have familiar faces there.

‘Some old school friends and college friends are coming. Friends from London are coming as well and I’ve got half brothers, nieces and nephews that are attending.’

Currently with the company in Hamburg, Germany, Abigail loves plays the role of Eva and can’t believe it will end soon.

She says: ‘We finish on September 24 and it’s the longest job I’ve ever done. It’s really a part of my life and you get very comfortable and you get to know a role so well. It will be very sad when it finishes.

‘I got the job by going through a sequence of auditions. Soon it will be over and I will be doing something else.’

Over Christmas Abigail will be taking part in the biggest Christmas themed show in England, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Running from November 9 until December 23, there are two shows a day with dancers, costumes, songs and carols.

But what she is really excited about is coming back home to her roots.

Abigail says: ‘It’s always brilliant for me because my family get to see me and all my friends get to come. Especially as there aren’t that many southern venues so it’s really lovely because it’s so close to home.

‘I get to visit my parents all the time, see my dogs and be by the sea. Although it’s wonderful being abroad it’s so great to come back to England.’

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical first showed in the West End in 1979, and follows the story of Eva Perons rise to power, charity work and eventual death.

The production runs at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from September 5 until 10 before going on to the Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham.

Tickets cost from £16 to £32.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or visit mayflower.org.uk.

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