A Chat With "Mazeppa."

From the Dundee Evening Telegraph 12 June 1893

I had been puzzling myself to recall the last time I saw Miss Jeanie Burgoyne on the stage, and could find no solution of the difficulty until I obtained an introduction the other evening, and had a chat with the young lady.
"Oh," she said, in reply to my question, "it was in 'Mazeppa' I was last here, when I played the title role. It can't be more than two years ago," she went on in her pleasant way. "You see I've only been eight years on the stage. My debut was made in North Shields, when I played the part of the boy Hamish in 'Rob Roy.' Since then I've played Helen Wyngate in the 'Diver's Luck,' the juvenile leading part in Walter Reynolds' 'Mother's Sin' company, then 'Mazeppa'and now the leading parts with Mr Lawson. I've only been with four managers in all my time on the stage. Yes, I've played both in London and the provinces."
"How did you think of Mazeppa?"
"Well, they told me my figure would suit the part."
I may here insert parenthetically that Miss Burgoyne has, in addition to a charming manner, a very handsome figure, and of course Mazeppa gives every advantage for the display of physical attractions.
"But it's a part that requires some nerve, doesn't it?"
"Well one musn't be afraid of a horse, and must endure for a considerable length of time the discomfort of being tied to its back in a very awkward position. That requires both strength and endurance. By the way," she continued, I am glad you have spoken to me about Mazeppa, because I am forming a company my own to open in London with a Mazeppa sketch, on Bank Holiday week.
"Where do you play?"
"In the new Olympian Music Hall."
"Isn't that risking a good deal?"
"It will cost a lot of money to open with, if that's what you mean by risk. But I think the sketch should succeed. It's strong enough."
"Who have been the leading Mazeppas?"
"Ada Marker was the first, then Maud Forrester, whom you have had here as Lady Godiva. I followed Miss Forrester."
"I saw you very busy collecting for the Victoria Disaster Fund on the Royal wedding day. Did you enjoy your labours?"
Oh very much," and the lady's eyes sparkledwith pleasure. It was hard work, but the paeople gave so willingly, and I'm glad so much was collected."
This practically concluded the interview. Miss Burgoyne has a wealth of flattering press notices, which she values very highly. But the one she likes best of all is that in which she appears as one of Sloper's girls in the famous Half-Holiday. Therein the Dook Snook observes :- "It is my fondest wish to call her mine." "My life would be blank without her," sighs Lord Bob; while the Hom. Billy adds - "I cannot rest until I have told  my passion."
So the charming Jeanie has evidently a way of reaching the susceptible male heart.


Eliza Jane Burgoyne