ABBA - Forever comes to The Woodville
PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 23 February 2018
One of the UK's leading international tribute shows, ABBA - Forever, is coming to the Woodville Theatre.
The show, presented by Sweeney Entertainments, has dazzled theatre audiences from across the country and Sweden, who have long enjoyed the superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop band.
Founder of the tribute act, Jane Ellis, who used to perform as Agnetha, said: “We have been fortunate enough to tour around the world over the years.
“It was obviously quite an achievement to be able to perform in Sweden, in some of the original members’ home towns - we were very well-received over there.”
The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar.
“We really try to emulate the voices and characteristics of every member, we watch their performances and try to pick up on every mannerism.
“Agnetha usually came across as more reserved, but when we watch studio recordings of the band in particular, we realise how charismatic and dynamic they were - they all had their own personalities and we try to capture that.
“And of course - we have to get the look and the makeup spot on.
“In some songs their accents come across more so than others, so we also try to get the voices just right for each.”
Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top-class musicianship and an all live performance ensures that the Abba Forever show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular.
Jane added: “The film adaptation of Mamma Mia drew in a younger audience, so we are constantly seeing new fans.
“I now mostly do the directing and over-seeing of all aspects of the show, which I really enjoy.
“I was brought up on Abba - as a young girl I remember my mum and dad being big fans.”
Speaking about the timeless nature of Abba’s music, Jane reflects that their ongoing popularity lies in strong quality across every area that makes up the songs: “I think the songs have stood the test of time because they are so well written.
“They are really good songs and such incredible music.
“They are also very varied - I enjoy a lot of different songs, from the upbeat ones to their ballads.”
The show promises excitement, with a few surprises and some less-known songs interspersed with the classics.
Jane said: “We like to mix it up a lot with songs we perform but will always do the obvious ones - we couldn’t not perform Dancing Queen!
“We play all the big Abba hits and more, and even put some surprise album tracks in there for the most ardent Abba fan.”
Jane loves helping out with behind-the-scenes parts of the show, and explained how she enjoys being able to advise the performers: “I do give the girls advice if they want help with anything, but I also wouldn’t want to take away their unique take on who they are portraying.”
Sweeney Entertainments, co-founded by Julie and Peter Sweeney, has been providing a wide repertoire of top quality touring shows for theatre and corporate events for over fifteen years both in the UK and internationally.
Last year was the company’s strongest to date, with more shows touring than ever before.
Julie said “Abba Forever is a great concert experience for all ages, authentically reproducing some of the best pop hits of all time.”
Performers making up the tribute act now include Jessica Poole as Agnetha, Hannah Jenkins as Anni-Frid, Tim Allen as Benny and James Lawley as Bjorn.
Packed full of excitement and exuberance, Abba Forever will take you on a journey back to the 70’s guaranteed to get you up and dancing in the aisles.
The show comes to The Woodville on Saturday, March 3.
To book tickets, go to https://woodville.seatlive.com/Online/default.asp.