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Local Magazine: From Hi-de-Hi! to Hi Ho, Hi Ho!

December 11th, 2016

snowwhite16aaA great new panto interview feature with Su (and Jamie Steen) is included in the Winter Issue print edition of Local Magazine.

When the Assembly hall Theatre team sat down for a cuppa with the legendary star Su Pollard and the King of Panto Jamie Steen we were understandably very excited and a little bit nervous. After all, it’s not every day you get to meet one of your TV heroes and a panto institution!

We spoke to Su first, who will be playing the Wicked Queen in this year’s fantastic family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…

Q: Hello Su, this year you’re playing the Wicked Queen – should we expect an all-out villain or does she have a secret bit of goodness in her heart?
She’s definitely evil. After all, she is called the Wicked Queen, but she is also mischievious and loves to flirt with the Prince. I like her to have a mix of everything.

Q: You came to Tunbridge Wells for the press launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. What was your impression of the town and its people?
It offers a very flavoursome atmosphere because of all its lovely cafes and almost village-like quality. The people are extremely welcoming.

• Read the full interview here, and read Jamie’s here. Many thanks to Basia Wilson @ Twitter.

Times Of Tunbridge Wells: Su Pollard Panto Interview

December 8th, 2016

timesotw16aAnother new interview with Su, as Snow White gets ready to premiere tomorrow, published today by the Times of Tunbridge Wells.

Audiences of all ages will love this hugely entertaining and traditional pantomime…

Hi-de-Hi’s Su Pollard is appearing as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which also stars CITV’s Jamie Rickers, at the Assembly Hall this Christmas. Ahead of the show’s launch on Thursday Eileen Leahy caught up with the comedy actress to talk about the power of pantomime and how good will always overcome evil

How excited are you to be playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White?

This will be my tenth year in the role and I just love playing the baddy because you can really get your teeth into it. I’ve been in about 40 pantomimes over the years and am always excited about performing. I’ve graduated from being the good principle boy to the really evil characters but at least I can always have a bit of fun with them. The Wicked Queen clearly has bad intentions – she wants to poison Snow White after all – but I like to add a comedy element to her character, too.

What’s the point of pantomime?

The great thing about them is that at the end of every one, the traditional or modern versions, it’s the baddy who loses out. So if there’s a moral to be had out of seeing one it is that you always get the bad and the good but ultimately good surmounts evil. It’s all great fun along the way but it’s always better to be nice than horrible. I think that’s lovely and it’s a great message for the kids.

• Continue reading at the Times of Tunbridge Wells.

Wow Magazine: Interview – Su Pollard

December 8th, 2016

snowwhite16uSu interviewed on all things panto by Wow Magazine.

Best known as Hi-De-Hi’s Peggy, Su Pollard has actually carved out a far longer career as one of pantomime’s finest and funniest wicked queens. Anna Morell caught up with her to find out just how wicked she really is.

AM: You’ve been doing wicked queen roles since 2002…

SP: Yes, I ‘spose I must have been doing them for at least ten years. Blimey, is it? Oh! Ooh just a minute… I must have been doing them for at least ten years… Ooh it must be true then!

AM: Do you get more wicked every year?

SP: Now that’s an interesting question, that, to be honest, because, I think the more you do a role, because, whatever the dialogue is, mostly the story’s the same, you’ve got to stand in front of a mirror, be really mean to Snow White and try to seduce the prince, so you do kind of… you can, say: ‘oh that’s good, but I reckon you can change that line’, and you can make it a little bit more nasty. If you work on a show two or three times, you can get the perfect format for the dialogue. I’m happy with what the wicked queen says.

• Continue reading at Wow Magazine.

Kent Online: Su Pollard Stars as The Wicked Queen

December 7th, 2016

kentonline16aA great new panto themed interview with Su, published today, by Kent Online.

Tunbridge Wells: Hi-de-Hi star Su Pollard stars as the Wicked Queen at the Assembly Hall Theatre

Hi-de-Hi star Su Pollard will be showing her very wicked side in panto this year.

The star of the classic BBC show, will play the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – and she plans to be as wicked as possible.

“I’m never scared to be evil,” she said. “I love the Wicked Queen. I love the ‘evility’ – it is the fun element. But my character is wicked with a twinkle. But I am absolutely acting. I’m very mean to Snow White. I love it when the children cry – I think I have done my job.”

“When they see me afterwards, they don’t know whether to be excited or scared..”

“I do panto every year and I love it. I did my first when I was about 18. You’ve got to have the longevity before you can be a Wicked Queen – you can’t look as if you’re 17.”

Su played loveable Maplins chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hi-de-Hi back in the 1980s, and still keeps up with her pals from the cast.

“I see my friends from Hi-de-Hi regularly, especially Ruth Madoc. We all get on so well. We were very lucky that we had a great time with Hi-de-Hi.”

• Continue reading at Kent Online.


The Sussex Newspaper: Star Interview – Su Pollard

November 25th, 2016

tsn16aThere are now just over two weeks until Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens, on Friday 9th December, at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells so, before she launches herself into rehearsals for her part as the Wicked Queen, I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with the show’s legendary TV star, Su Pollard.

After first listening to her absolutely hilarious answering machine message, I asked Su…

Did you have a good time opening the grotto in the Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre with Santa?

Oh yes, it was so funny and we had a great time turning all of the Christmas lights on at the grotto. There were loads of kids there, and we went on an open top bus all round the town as well. We were there for about three hours all together and then we had to say goodbye to Santa ‘cos it was time to go.

When will you be back to start rehearsals for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?

We start rehearsals proper on November 28th but we’ve already had quite a few meetings including two or three with the Musical Director and he’s given us all of the songs that we will be singing so, hopefully, a lot of the preparation work is already done.

• Continue reading at The Sussex Newspaper.

Muddy Stilettos: Quick-Fire Questions with Su Pollard

November 20th, 2016

snowwhite16jAs panto fever starts to build I was lucky enough to grab 5 minutes with national treasure, comedienne, actress and TV presenter Su Pollard – soon to be starring as the Wicked Queen in the Assembly Hall Theatre (Tunbridge Wells) production of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. Fun, zany and very, very likeable – she did not disappoint. Come, join me and say Hi-de-Hi (sorrrrry…)

Goodie or Baddie?

Oh the Baddie – every time! I’ve always said playing the baddy is the best. You can answer back to the audience – lots of booing and banter.

Silly or scary?

Oh, both definitely! In panto we want to scare the kiddies as much as is humanely possible! Also it’s tempered with all the jokes, fun, dancing and happy songs.

• Continue reading at Muddy Stilettos.

BBC Radio Lancashire: Steve Royle Show

January 2nd, 2016

bbclancs16aSu guested on, her Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs co-star, Steve Royle’s New Year’s Day show on BBC Radio Lancashire yesterday.

Join Steve on New Year’s Day for a show full of surprises, daring to be different and fun.

Su chatted about panto, Hi-de-Hi! and much more. The interview begins at around 36m into the show and is aired throughout the remainder of the programme.

Listen online for the next month at BBC iPlayer.

Su on the Radio: BBC Radio Ulster: The Arts Show

December 13th, 2015

radioulster15aSu guested on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show on Thuesday evening. Chatting about appearing in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Blackpool Grand.

What’s on from the stage around northern Ireland in the run-up to Christmas, from musicals to pantomime, including backstage reports from Marcus Hunter-Neill. Oh yes they will!

Su’s interview begins at approximately 18 minutes into the show.

• Listen online at BBC iPlayer. The show is available for the next four weeks.

Wandsworth Radio: Eclectic Jukebox: Chat With Su

November 1st, 2015

A short video clip of Su’s visit to Wandsworth Radio last month has been made available. Su guested on Andy Holton’s show and spent the afternoon at the station – Eclectic Jukebox: On & Off Air Chat With Su Pollard – Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard came into the studio at Wandsworth Radio and spent an hour chatting to DJ Andy Holton – This is a short clip of both on and off air conversation – Click below to view at You Tube.


Reader’s Digest: Su Retro Interview: “I Remember”

September 13th, 2015

rdigest15bA look back at Su’s great “I Remember” interview, published last year by Reader’s Digest, along with a fab selection of photos. Su was also their cover star.

Su Pollard is a true UK treasure. The Nottingham born comedy actress and singer shares her fondest memories with Reader’s Digest. From discovering her flamboyant dress sense to scoring a Top Ten hit single.

I Remember…

…always having a flamboyant dress sense

When I was five, my mum Hilda took me to C&A in Nottingham. I said, “I want that blue dress with the yellow polka dots and I want one blue tight and one yellow one.” My mum’s dress sense was more twin set and pearls.

…my handsome Dad

I remember him at a family party, all suited and booted, singing “My Way” like Frank Sinatra and everyone cheering him on and shouting, “More, Don, more!” I was so proud of him. He always said to me, “You’ve got to follow your dreams.”

…making an audience laugh for the first time

I didn’t mean to. I was the angel Gabriel’s assistant in the school nativity, aged six, and was standing on a cardboard box to deliver my line to Mary, “Fear Not! Angel Gabriel will…” at which point I fell right through the box—the teacher hadn’t made it strong enough. It wasn’t an auspicious start to my acting career, but I loved how the audience laughed at the situation, so I clambered out of the box and finished my line “…be coming to give you a sign.” Everyone loved it.

• Continue reading at the Reader’s Digest website.


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The Courier: Su Pollard Teams Up With Cannon and Ball

November 15th, 2014

courier14aA new interview with Su, published by the Dundee Courier, ahead of the final three performances of the Ha Ha Hood! tour.

Su Pollard teams up with Cannon and Ball for side-splitting romp Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves

Su Pollard is a comedy icon who needs no introduction.

The Nottingham-born actress cut her comedy chops on hit BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi as scatty chalet maid Peggy and cemented her camp credentials with You Rang, M’lord and Oh, Doctor Beeching.

These days, Su is a musical theatre and pantomime heroine and her latest show, Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves, which also stars comedy duo Cannon and Ball, plays Dundee Rep on Saturday night. Taking on the role of Maid Marian, Nottinghamshire’s feistiest female, Su’s world-weary Marian is definitely more matron than maid!

Here Su shares her First and Lasts with The Courier…

• Continue reading at the Dundee Courier.

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BBC Wiltshire: Richard Crowley Show

November 10th, 2014

Su was interviewed by Richard Crowley on BBC Radio Wiltshire towards the end of October: It was great fun meeting the effervescent Su Pollard at the Wyvern Theatre. She was promoting her nationwide tour of Ha Ha Hood – Listen by clicking below.


Su also paid tribut to the late, great, Lynda Bellingham during her chat with Richard – Listen here.

EADT: I’m Never Going To Retire

November 8th, 2014

eadt14aI’m never going to retire says Regent bound Ha Ha Hood star Su Pollard

Comedy legend Su Pollard talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about new family show Ha Ha Hood, her career and a lack of good writing

Corpsing, cock-ups, confusion over where she is, who plays who, enemas; I was still laughing long after my chat with Ha Ha Hood Prince of Leaves star Pollard had finished. “I’m in, where are we now… Rhyl tonight. You do (lose track), it’s ridiculous. Two days ago we were only in Shrewsbury but it feels like a week ago.”

The appropriately Nottingham-born actress, famous for sit-coms like Hi-de-Hi and You Rang, M’lord, makes for a perfect menopausal Maid Marian alongside Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball, writer Ben Langley and Andy Pickering.

• Continue reading at the East Anglian Daily Times.

Total Guide To Swindon: TGtS Meets…Su Pollard

November 5th, 2014

tgts14bFamed for her role as scatty chalet maid Peggy in hit BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi, Su is a comedy legend who needs no introduction. The Nottingham-born lass is set to appear at the Wyvern Theatre this November in Ha Ha Hood, a hilarious re-imagining of the classic tale.

What attracted you to the part of Maid Marion?
I was really excited about what I could do with the character. I’d seen some of Ben’s work before and he always puts a quirky slant on a classic story. I was a bit concerned before though, I worried that she’d be a drip that just followed Robin Hood around like some female sop. But she’s got balls this one, she’s quite feisty and gives Robin a right run for his money.

What’s your favourite thing about performing in the show?
We all have a fabulous time together, it’s unlike anything that I’ve ever done before because it mixes so many genres and performance styles together. I get to sing, I get to dance and I get to tell a joke or two. It’s basically practising for panto, which is marvelous.

• Continue reading at Total Guide To Swindon.