|Su Puts A
Su Pollard helped set
audience records when she starred at the Forum
Theatre in Billingham a year ago in Annie.
she is back again with the show for the week from
Tuesday and out to prove it is every bit as good.
my third tour with Annie and I'm having a
fabulous time. It's a pleasure to go to
work," says the friendly and effervescent
a world renowned musical which sells itself. It
doesn't have to have famous people in it, though
our production does and it's nice to know that
all the family can come out to see it without any
marvellous to see their happy, smiling faces -
though I can't see them because I don't my wear
glasses in it," she adds confusingly.
know they're happy and smiling because I see them
at the stage door when I am wearing glasses and
they're happy and smiling then."
(pictured right) plays the tyrannical Miss
Hannigan, the baddie of the piece, and has never
done any other part in Annie. In fact, she has
never been asked to do any other part.
was first approached to take on the role years
ago and finally agreed after three requests by
it first started, I was too busy doing a lot of
Hi de Hi and when they asked again I still said
'No' and thought 'That's the last I will hear
be honest I was probably too young to do it
then," says Su, now 54. "You need to
have that bit of weight about you, not physical
weight, but she's feisty and people have to
believe in you."
certainly do, fans and critics alike. Su has
another reason for loving the role - she can get
ready so quickly.
just stick on this dreadful wig that makes me
look like Worzel Gummidge or worse, and can do my
make-up in five minutes.
Louise English (another cast member) has to have
her hair in rollers for four hours before the
Hannigan spends a lot of time at the whisky.
"It's not real. It's a Jack Daniels bottle
full of tea or coke," explains Su.
Coke is all right but it's the wrong colour and
too sweet. Cold tea is the right colour but it
tastes horrible. I've had to get used to
has to drink an awful lot during each performance
and this has an inevitable effect. "At the
end of the show, I've found myself having to go
to the bathroom several times more than I
normally would, but it keeps you going and nicely
attuned inside," she confides.
was also at the Forum in the spring in the new
spirit world comedy, A Happy Medium. "We are
hoping to do it worldwide and hoping to take it
to Australia," she reveals.
have done a few rewrites and I've had a few
discussions with them. I brought some ideas of my
own and I think next time it will be a more
thorough production. Everybody had a ball doing
it - oh ball, crystal ball, no pun
is likely to come round one more time and Su
would be happy to be part of it. In the meantime,
she is off to Australia.
going to stay with my friend Ray Meagher who is
Alf in Home And Away and do a bit of TV. Hi de Hi
is getting another airing and I have to do
trailers and chat shows."