Su on TV: Who’s Doing The Dishes?

September 18th, 2018

Who’s Doing The Dishes?: Virgin Media Two: Saturday 29th September: 7am
Series 3, Episode 1: Brian McFadden presents a new series of the dining challenge show in which contestants are invited to dinner at a mystery celebrity’s house and must guess who their host is. Comedy actress Su Pollard attempts to baffle a team of magicians. Will they be saying Hi-de-Hi, or be doing the dishes?

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Su on TV: Mark Goodier’s No. 2s of 1986

September 16th, 2018

Mark Goodier’s No. 2s of 1986: NOW 80s: Tuesday 18th September: 10pm
60 minutes of back to back UK chart runners-up from 1986 – including hit ladies Madonna, Sinitta, Kim Wilde and Su Pollard! With Mr Charts himself, Mark Goodier.

Su on TV: When Talent Shows Go Horribly Wrong

August 30th, 2018

When Talent Shows Go Horribly Wrong: 5Select: Saturday 1st September: 10pm
All-singing, all-dancing special narrated by Kate Thornton, reliving those moments when TV talent shows did not go to plan. Clips include Marie Osmond’s live on-air faint, Jorgie Porter’s swipe at her partner’s face with an ice skate, and Dannii Minogue appearing to ‘out’ Danyl Johnson on live TV. Interviews include James Jordan, Su Pollard and Jenny Eclair.

UK Theatre Network: Harpy Review at Underbelly, Edinburgh

August 24th, 2018

harpy18eSu Pollard is not only famous for her role as chalet maid PeggyOllerenshaw in the eighties sitcom Hi-de-Hi, but also for heroff-screen zany personality and mile-a-minute chatter.

But in Philip Meeks’ play, although her signature earnest delivery is still evident, this is Su Pollard in contemplative mood, as Birdie, a lonely woman who lives among the detritus of life talking to her fish…and her social worker. She also shouts at the woman next door who bangs on the wall when Birdie sings into a hairbrush.

There’s a hint of madness as Birdie’s story unfolds and we get to understand just why she – and maybe other hoarders like her – is the way she is. But there are moments of stillness in Pollard’s performance and she does cut a sad figure.

• Continue reading at UK Theatre Network. (Review by Clare Brotherwood) (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

Theatre Box: Harpy Review at Underbelly, Edinburgh

August 24th, 2018

harpy18kSu Pollard is Birdie, the infamous hag of her little village. She sits in her house on the hill, perched like a harpy atop her hoard, and waits for the return of the one thing she ever let slip away – the most important thing in her pitiful, lonely life. Throughout the course of this hour-long one-woman show, we watch her converse with her fish, her social worker, her neighbours (through the intervening walls), the local busybody (and almost-friend), and assorted other characters from Birdie’s past and present.

The play was written for Hi-de-Hi! star Pollard, and she brings warmth and complexity to her eccentric character, exhibiting in turns a shrewd Marple-like observant of human nature, and a fragile, vulnerable lost soul. Deftly handling both comedy and aching pathos, she helps her audience forge a deep and personal understanding of this misunderstood old lady.

• Continue reading at Theatre Box. (Review by Sophia Halpin) (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

Harpy: Final Week at The Edinburgh Fringe

August 20th, 2018

It’s the final week of Harpy at the Edinburgh Fringe. Buy tickets for Su’s final performances as Birdie here.

Click below to browse all our news on the production and links to numerous great reviews for Su in her Edinburgh Festival debut…

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Everything Theatre: Harpy Review at Underbelly, Edinburgh

August 20th, 2018

Old age is a scary beast. Scary for those who approach it – as it carries uncertainty – and scary for those who watch it from a distance, because it’s hard to understand. So is Birdie (Su Pollard) scary, because nobody wants to get close to her. They prefer to observe her from a distance, like some sort of mythological creature. Like a harpy.

In reality, she’s just an old lady who lives on her own and has no friends or family. Nobody in the neighbourhood knows her personally, but they call her a harpy, a harridan, and report her to the social services for listening to loud music in the dead of night. In a way, she’s proud of her reputation and giggles at the idea that her presence can make people so uncomfortable.

• Continue reading at Everything Theatre. (Review by Marianna Meloni) (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

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Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog: Harpy Review at Underbelly, Edinburgh

August 20th, 2018

revstan18aBirdie (Su Pollard) is a hoarder and the bane of her neighbours and social services.

She likes to belt out 80s pop music – Bananarama, Eurythmics – late at night and her house is a health hazard.

Harridan and harpy to most, locals tell children that she’ll take their soul if she catches them looking in the window. Her comments are sharp and insensitive – and often witty – and she sees the ‘mishaps’ that envelop her as not quite how they appear to everyone else.

However, for all her bluster she has a keen observation and there is an organisation to the chaos of her home, a rationale that unfolds slowly in her life story.

• Continue reading at Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog. (Review by Rev Stan)

BritishTheatre.Com: Harpy Review at Underbelly, Edinburgh

August 17th, 2018

britishtheatre18bMark Ludmon reviews Philip Meeks’ new play Harpy starring Su Pollard at Underbelly, Cowgate at Edinburgh Fringe

The cult popularity of 1960s “hag horror” movies, led by Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, is part of the inspiration for Harpy, an entertaining and heartwarming new black comedy from Philip Meeks. The gothic horror has been relocated to south London to tell the story of Bridget, known as Birdie, who has turned her house into a nest packed with curiosities from dentures, magazines and mannequin parts to a collection of glass eyes. After the sudden mysterious death of her Auntie Maureen in the attic, Birdie has become a figure of hate to her neighbours and a worry for social services.

• Continue reading at British Theatre. (Review by Mark Ludmon)

Edinburgh Evening News: Harpy Review

August 17th, 2018

een18aLiam Rudden: Forgive me for harping on about Su’s Fringe debut

Have to say, it’s long overdue. Yes, at 68-years-young the irrepressible Su Pollard is currently making her Fringe debut in a wonderfully bitter-sweet piece by Fringe First Award-winning playwright Philip Meeks.Harpy tells the story of aging eccentric Birdie. Birdie lives alone. She is a hoarder with a love of Bananarama and singing into her hairbrush. The neighbours call her a harpy, although most have never met her.They see her hoard of treasures as a threat to house prices, but all her bits and bobs aren’t rubbish, well, not to Birdie. Her ‘collection’ is her life’s work. It exists because, many years before, something she deeply cherished was stolen.

• Continue reading at Edinburgh Evening News. (Review by Liam Rudden) (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

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The Wee Review: Harpy Review at Underbelly, Edinburgh

August 17th, 2018

weereview18aSu Pollard shines and delivers a fascinating monologue.

The set already hints at the characteristics of the eponymous protagonist – played by well-known TV and stage actress Su Pollard – before Harpy has even begun. Looking like a well-stocked jumble sale, bric-a-brac and junk are littered around the stage: clothes, plastic bags, paintings, boxes and a symbolic filthy fish tank. Pollard plays Birdie, an eccentric, scatter-brained but sensitive middle-aged woman living in the house where she was sent as a young adult to live with her now-deceased aunt.

The monologue unfolds to detail Birdie’s day-to-day life as the subject of local gossip. They think she is a mad hoarder who lives alone and who may or may not be a murderer. Woven throughout this narrative are her reflections and memories that give us subtle insights into her fragile, yet defensive psyche and at times upsetting moments from her past.

• Continue reading at The Wee Review. (Review by Matthew Keeley)

BBC Radio 4: Loose Ends

August 17th, 2018

bbcr418aSu guested on BBC Radio 4′s Loose Ends, which was broadcast from the Edinburgh Festival, last weekend.

Clive Anderson and Arthur Smith are joined by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Su Pollard, Gbolahan Obisesan and Jayde Adams for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy.

With music from Tracyanne & Danny and Bala Baile.

• The show is available to listen to at BBC iPlayer. (Photo © BBC)

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Sardines: Harpy Review at Underbelly, Edinburgh

August 17th, 2018

harpy18kOne of the pleasures of the Edinburgh Fringe is to see familiar performers doing something new, and that was certainly the case with Harpy by Philip Meeks, a one woman play with Su Pollard playing an elderly hoarder and some of the other people in her life, especially her well-meaning social worker Mrs Featherstone. Appearing from the back of the small White Belly venue, Pollard is almost unrecognisable when dressed down for the role and without her trademark glasses, but it is immediately clear that she is more than up to the challenge of such a part.

• Continue reading at Sardines. (Review by Chris Abbott) (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

The Stage: Richard Jordan at The Fringe

August 17th, 2018

stage18cRichard Jordan: Forget Dannii Minogue as Lady Macbeth, the fringe offers established stars a platform for reinvention

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe may once have been considered a rite of passage, where many of today’s leading performers cut their teeth and before embarking on successful careers. However, now it seems that the festival is the place to play after you’ve enjoyed career success.

…This year that point is exemplified best by two shows: Philip Meeks’ new play Harpy starring Su Pollard, and Stripped, John Partridge’s one-man cabaret performance. Pollard, who makes her fringe debut, became a household name in the 1980s BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. However, as a result, Pollard was frequently typecast and her acting range neglected.

In Harpy, her name will guarantee ticket sales from those who loved her as chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in the comedy show. However, Pollard’s appearance at the fringe has provided her with an opportunity to show off her own versatility as an actor.

• Continue reading at The Stage.