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BBC Radio Scotland: The Afternoon Show

August 12th, 2018

bbcrs18aSu guested on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Afternoon Show on Thursday.

Matt Forde, one of Britain’s leading political comedians, joins Grant on the sofa to chat about what he says is his last show as an EU citizen – Brexit Through the Gift Shop.

Nigel Slater’s Toast is a new play based on his award-winning memoir. Nigel himself and cast members from the show will join Grant to talk about the play.

Su Pollard makes her Edinburgh Fringe debut in the play Harpy.

• The show is available to listen to online at BBC iPlayer.

What’s On Stage: Su Pollard Interview

August 7th, 2018

wos18bSu Pollard: If you spent your whole life listening to advice you’d never leave your bed

The comedienne is currently making her Edinburgh Fringe debut in Harpy. Here she talks about why it’s taken her so long and why she hasn’t been seeking any advice

1. What’s the name of your show and where and when can we see it?
It’s called Harpy and it’s on at Underbelly Cowgate at 4pm, every day except 13 August.

2. How would you describe Harpy in five words?
Relevant, thought-provoking, funny, touching, hopeful

3. How would you describe your character Birdie?
She’s a woman of a certain age who’s been invisible for most of her life. That’s a long lonely time she’s had of it. Her behaviour isn’t what people would deem normal but how could it be? And these days what’s normal anyway? Her story is all too common – she’s someone who has fallen through the cracks of life. I’m thrilled be telling it for all of the other Birdies out there.

4. It’s a one-woman show, does it ever get a little lonely?
I can already sense it might because it’ll only be me on that stage every day. But, we’ve collaborated brilliantly as a team in the process of making the show.

• Continue reading at What’s On Stage.

The Scotsman: Theatre Interview – Su Pollard

August 4th, 2018

harpy18eTheatre interview: Su Pollard on making her Fringe debut in Harpy

It’s taken a long time for her to make her Fringe debut, but Su Pollard is as enthusiastic as ever and happy to be starring in a solo play written by Fringe First winner Philip Meeks.

Interview by Susan Mansfield ‘Is there a good club to go to?” Su Pollard, who is making her Fringe debut at the age of 68, is keen to get the lowdown on the Edinburgh nightlife. “And that place, I love it, the Witch’s thingie? The restaurant.” The Witchery? “Yeah. Fantastic. I must go there again.”

Despite a theatre career spanning four decades, the Fringe has eluded Pollard. “Summer seasons were always the thing. People would approach you and you’d say, ‘No, I can’t, I’m doing four months in Bournemouth,’ I do feel that sometimes things come at the proper time, when you’re meant to do them. Perhaps I wasn’t really meant to do it 30 years ago.”

• Continue reading at The Scotsman. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

BBC Arts: Su Pollard – Comedy to Drama

August 4th, 2018

bbcarts18aFive showbiz veterans revealing another side in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe might be best known as a proving ground for up-and-coming actors and comics, but this year a number of experienced acts are also making their debuts… just not doing what you might expect.

Su Pollard: Comedy to drama

Su Pollard is known for her comic roles on TV, her Fringe debut sees her tackling a serious social issue.

Pollard made her name on Hi-De-Hi! and went on to star in other BBC sitcoms like Oh Doctor Beeching! and You Rang M’Lord? But Pollard is taking on a dramatic role in her first Fringe show Harpy, about a woman who is ostracised by her neighbours due to her hoarding. The play was written for her by Fringe First winner Philip Meeks, who juggles writing plays with performances as a panto dame.

• Continue reading at BBC Arts.

Su on TV: The Festival Show (STV)

August 4th, 2018

The Festival Show: STV: Thursday 16th August: 8.30pm
Episode 4. The stories and stars from Edinburgh at festival time. With festival virgin Su Pollard and children’s writer and comedian Julian Clary.

The Telegraph: Culture | Comedy: Su Pollard Interview

August 2nd, 2018

telegraph18aA new interview with Su, published by The Telegraph, on the day she makes her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Harpy at Underbelly, Cowgate at 4pm this afternoon. Be there or be square!

Su Pollard: ‘People can’t deal with anything that is perceived to be soft porn’

The name Su Pollard evokes a certain time in recent cultural history. As the lowly, lovable chambermaid Peggy Ollerenshaw in sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, she caught the public imagination and for a time in the Eighties she seemed to be the most famous woman in Britain.

She scored a No 2 single with Starting Together and released an album. Elton John was a fan and Freddie Mercury once asked her for an autograph. While at a charity event in the House of Commons, Princess Diana approached her and they started tap dancing.

“She was very good, very slick,” says Pollard. “She was also very nice with a fabulous smile and fabulous teeth. I just wanted to grab them, which probably isn’t the right thing to do.”

• Continue reading at The Telegraph. (Free registration required)

Su on the Radio: BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends

August 2nd, 2018

bbcr418aWhile at The Edinburgh Festival Su will be guesting on BBC Radio 4′s Loose Ends.

Loose Ends: BBC Radio 4/Radio 4 Longwave
Saturday 11th August: 6.15pm/6,45pm

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Su Pollard, Jayde Adams, Tracyanne & Danny, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Arthur Smith, Clive Anderson: Clive Anderson and Arthur Smith are joined by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Su Pollard and Jayde Adams for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert and Tracyanne & Danny.

• Further info at the BBC Radio 4 website. The programme will be available post-airing at BBC iPlayer Radio.

The Stage: Su Pollard at Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Interview

August 1st, 2018

stage18bSu Pollard on Edinburgh Fringe debut: ‘I’m very happy to play myself, but I’ll give most things a go’

Having begun her career in Nottingham’s working men’s clubs, Su Pollard made her name in a series of 1980s sitcoms. Now she is adding another string to her bow with her first Edinburgh Fringe appearance in a serious one-woman show about mental health. She tells Nick Smurthwaite why she is reluctant to turn anything down

Taking a one-woman show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in your 70th year – and in a heatwave too – seems to border on the masochistic, but Su Pollard is characteristically upbeat about making her debut at the world’s largest arts festival this month.

“I’m an Edinburgh virgin,” declares the flamboyant, jewellery-festooned star of the TV sitcoms Hi-de-Hi and You Rang, M’Lord, as well as countless regional pantos. “I don’t even think I’ve done panto in Edinburgh. But I’ve always loved the city and its people.”

Pollard’s professional career began in musicals in the early 1970s, although she had started performing in Nottingham, where she grew up, 10 years earlier.

“I did all kinds of shows with the Co-Operative Arts Theatre in Nottingham, dramatic as well as musical,” she recalls, “and I used to sing in working men’s clubs in my teens.”

• Continue reading at The Stage.

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine: Su Pollard Interview

July 27th, 2018

edfestmag18aSu Pollard “It’s so nice to still bring pleasure to people”

National treasure Su Pollard turns her comic eye to a serious story about mental health struggles in new play Harpy.

“Hello this is Miss Su, how are you?” goes Su Pollard’s breezy, disarming introduction, setting the tone for an encounter that’s all jollity, candour, and lust-for-life zip.

If audiences at the actress/singer/comedian’s Fringe production get even half of her energy and engagement, they’ll be laughing.

They will, too, it seems, be thoroughly moved. Harpy is a one-woman drama in which Pollard – best known for towering Eighties sitcom Hi-De-Hi! but recently sprinkling fairy dust on TV all over again in comedy reality show Last Laugh In Vegas – plays a troubled soul named Birdie. She’s a woman derided by her neighbours as a harridan and weirdo whose obsessive hoarding is evidence of there-goes-the-neighbourhood anti-social behaviour and madness. The truth, of course, is more powerful and nuanced than that.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

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The Big Issue: Su Pollard is Still on a Hi-de-Hi!

July 27th, 2018

bigissue18aIn our Summer Comedy Special, the biggest comedy legends of old share their favourite gags and funny stories

After years in working men’s clubs, Su Pollard’s big break came playing Peggy, the chalet maid who really wanted to be a Yellowcoat, in BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi! She has rarely been off TV or stage since…

Su says: “I must have been about five when I was first on stage in a school play. I really enjoyed the feeling of being able to convey something across to an audience. I enjoyed the fact that they enjoyed it. I still get that feeling today and there is nothing better. I think that’s why some people want to carry on working when they’re 90. If you’re passionate about performing, it’s the one thing that nothing else matches.”

• Continue reading at The Big Issue.

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Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog: Su Pollard Interview

July 18th, 2018

revstan18aAnother new interview with Su, discussing Harpy and the forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe, at Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog.

Edinburgh Fringe interview: Su Pollard on her fringe debut and what she wants to see while she’s there 

Su Pollard will be making her Edinburgh Fringe debut starring in Harpy, a play written especially for her by Fringe-first winner Philip Meeks.

In this preview interview, she talks about playing Birdie, a woman ostracised by her neighbours because of her hoarding, embarking on her first fringe and what she wants to see when she isn’t performing.

How does it feel to have a play specially commissioned for you?
When I first met the playwright Philip Meeks about three years ago he said he was going to write something for me. I don’t think either of us thought much more about it until Suzanna Rosenthal suggested it because we knew each other. 

I’ve often been asked to go to Edinburgh but I’ve either been busy with other shows or the right play hasn’t been sent my way. What’s fantastic about this is I’ve been there from the start and Philip’s told me about every stage of his thinking and the writing process.  I feel as if I’ve really helped to create the role.

• Continue reading at Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog.

West End Wilma: Hi-de-hi! – Su Pollard Interview

July 16th, 2018

wewilma18aA new interview with Su, chatting about Harpy and debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe, published by West End Wilma yesterday.

Hi-de-hi! – Su Pollard talks about heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Harpy is about Bridget Woodbead who leads an isolated life as a hoarder. It’s funny and sad and it contains a mystery to solve. Mostly it’s about mental health and the fact that men are scared of women in the same way rich people are scared of poor people. It’s the first play in a series of three called South London Fables. The other two characters also appear in Harpy. All women of a certain age with startling stories to tell.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
We started developing the play in January and we’ve had several drafts and a few readings and as I write this we’re about to start the actual rehearsals. It’s great that I’ve had time to really think about the character and the story before putting it on its feet……I’ve been living like a hermit since the end of May getting ready!

The play is set in 2018 in London which is Bridget’s adopted home, like it is mine and the writer Philip Meeks. This is because he feels so many people who are a bit lost end up living in London and He’s right. The play reflects today’s political climate quite strongly as we all wait anxiously in a hope we’ll ever understand what Brexit means!

• Continue reading at West End Wilma.

Stuff: It Never Stops for Su Pollard

May 27th, 2018

stuff18aThe recent interview with Su, by TV Guide in New Zealand, is now also available to read online at stuff.co.nz. Here’s an extract:

Set in the 1950s-60s, Hi-de-Hi! ran for nine seasons and Pollard, who enjoys watching repeat episodes, has happy memories of her time on the show.

“The great moments (that) stand out for me, seriously, (were) when you first get the scripts through the door – none of this email,” she says.

“It was always big hard copies. You’d get all the series (episodes) in one great big envelope. They’d weigh a tonne. You’d read them because you wouldn’t know what the scripts were before you got them. You’d be going, ‘Oh that is so funny. That’s hilarious’. Just knowing that we’re going to spend the next three or four months laughing your head off every day”.

Jones! is currently screening repeats of Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang M’Lord in New Zealand. Both series were hugely popular when they originally aired in NZ and, as with the repeats here in the UK, still attract lots of viewers when they air.

• Continue reading at Stuff. (Photo © BBC)

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TV Guide: Say Hi-de-Hi to Life

May 23rd, 2018

tvguide18aThere’s a new Su interview in New Zealand magazine TV Guide.

Su Pollard talks life after a hit TV series.

Some actresses fade into obscurity after they leave a hit TV show – but Su Pollard isn’t one of them.

The 68 year old, who is best known for her role on comedy series Hi-de-Hi!, in which she played lovable chambermaid Peggy, was labelled a ‘national treasure’ in a British newspaper last month and is usually photographed wearing brightly coloured attire.

When she spoke with TV Guide, Pollard was looking forward to visiting Birmingham for a guest role in British soap Doctors.

“Myself and Ruth Madoc (who plays Gladys on Hi-de-Hi!), we’re both in love with the same chap,” she says of her Doctors storyline.

• The full interview is currently available to read at PressReader or in TV Guide (for those of you in New Zealand).

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