Centre-stage Abby is a West End girl

Abby Jackson as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz
Abby Jackson as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz
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A few years ago she was taking lead roles on the Doncaster amateur dramatics scene.

But now, rising star and actress Abby Jackson is getting ready to start a run in London’s West End with a show which she and her pals penned themselves.

Abby Jackson , a Doncaster actress and former Hayfield School pupil

Abby Jackson , a Doncaster actress and former Hayfield School pupil

Abby and her friends in Beach Comet Productions met each other as students at Edinburgh University and they wrote a show called Vampire Hospital Waiting Room.

After it proved popular at their university’s theatre, they took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – where it went down a storm.

Among the fans during its run at the famous arts festival was the big-name comedian Jo Brand, who tweeted her approval on social media.

Word spread, and after one of their members made contact with The Arts Threatre, in Leicester Square, theatre bosses decided to pick it up and show it on their second stage, known as Above the Arts.

Abby Jackson and fellow cast members from Vampire Hospital Waiting Room

Abby Jackson and fellow cast members from Vampire Hospital Waiting Room

It will be sharing a building with American Idiot – a musical about the band Green Day.

Abby, aged 23, who is mixing her acting with a drama course at the Arts Educational Schools in London, is looking forward to starting the show’s run in November.

Her character is called Sexy Nurse.

The former Hayfield School pupil, of Frobisher Grange, Finningley said: “I met the current group on the theatre scene in Edinburgh, and we wrote the original script and music in two weeks, as a group effort.

“It ran at Bedlam Theatre in Edinburgh, and we expected it to bomb – but people said they loved it. So we developed it and took it to the Fringe, and we were pretty much full every day. We made a lot of money and did it all by word of mouth.

“It is a comedy, it is a bit Carry On and a bit Rocky Horror, and it’s got a bit of a B-movie feel to it. It is just a bit of fun though, and it is not making any big comments on the NHS or anything like that.

“The show changes every night with a bit of improvisation and we get the audience on board.

“There is nothing better than seeing your audience laughing.

“I’m unbelievably excited – it is amazing that we are going to be performing in the West End. It is great fun and I’m going to be working with my friends from university.”

Abby hopes that the group will go on and produce more shows in the future and hopes to continue with her work as an actress.

Her idol is the actress Judi Dench.

Abby is well known on the stage in Doncaster, She was in Annie and Grease in years eight and nine at Hayfield School, and in Jesus Christ Superstar in Year 12.

She also trod the boards at the Doncaster Civic Theatre as a teenager, as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and as Tuptim in The King and I. Both were amateur shows.

Among the crew in Grease was a young Louis Tomlinson, who went onto become one of Britain’s biggest pop stars with One Direction.

They were pals but lost touch. But Abby said she would love to see him turn up at her West End show next month.