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Clacton Gazette: Hi-de-Hi Star Hands Cheque to Veterans’ Group

December 12th, 2018

clactongazette18aFormer Hi-de-Hi star Su Pollard visited Frinton to present a cheque as part of a special First World War commemorative event.

Frinton War Memorial Club held a concert to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and to raise money for the Soldiers’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s families Association.

Paul Edmondson, from the club, said: “A wonderful evening was enjoyed by an audience of over 140 who were entertained by a professional ensemble including club members John D Collins, Giles Watling, Caryll Newnham and Seymour Mathews, together with The Vignettes and Jemima Watling providing some stunning music and songs.

“Su Pollard visited the club on Friday evening and after some entertaining remarks presented cheques totalling £1,750 on behalf of the club to Bob Mitchell, area treasurer of the Soldiers’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s families Association.”

• Continue reading at the Clacton Gazette. (Photo © Clacton Gazette)

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The Spectator: An Honourable Man at White Bear Theatre

December 6th, 2018

Su is currently providing the voiceover for An Honourable Man at the White Bear Theatre, London. The production finishes on Saturday 8th December. Read a review at The Spectator.

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Your Malvern Hills: Win Tickets to Malvern Theatres Panto

November 29th, 2018

snowwhite18tExperience the magic of live theatre and enjoy this traditional festive treat.

Malvern Theatres is thrilled to announce this year’s Pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This spectacular production stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, alongside Francesca McKean as Snow White, Aiden Banyardas the Prince, Philip Meeks as Nursie… and back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles!

Your Malvern Hills have teamed up with Malvern Theatres to give away TWO sets of FAMILY tickets (up to 5 each!) to see ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’ at Malvern Theatres on Sunday, 16th December 2018 at 5.00pm

• Continue reading/Enter the competition, at Your Malvern Hills.

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Islington Life: 2018’s Top Traders Revealed

November 20th, 2018

islife18aSu got into the festive spirit at the weekend, presenting prizes to Islington’s market traders, as reported by Islington Life.

Two long-standing and popular stall holders have been named Islington’s Market Traders of the Year 2018.

David Brastock, whose card stall has been operating in Chapel Market for 50 years, and Serpil Erce, behind Sunny Olive Tree stall at Whitecross Street Market, were presented with their prize – £150 off their ground rent – by Islington celebrity Su Pollard and the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Dave Poyser, at the Chapel Market Christmas light switch-on event on Saturday 17 November.

David’s daughter Jo Coote, who now runs the card stall, said: “It’s fantastic to have won this competition on our 50th year in Chapel Market. It is thanks to our wonderful customers and we are so proud to have been nominated by them.”

Serpil, who won the Market Trader of the Year title last year and in 2009, said: “I am overwhelmed and delighted to have won this for the second year in a row. We have lovely and loyal customers, who know that we will be out in Whitecross Street come rain or shine.”

• Continue reading at Islington Life. (Photos © Islington Life)

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Worcester News: Classic Characters Back For Panto Season

November 18th, 2018

snowwhite18qFrom Cinderella to Snow White, and from Peter Pan to Aladdin, all the usual suspects are waiting in the wings as theatres across the region prepare for a fun-filled festive panto season.

Meanwhile in Malvern, the baddie in Snow White comes in the shape of Malvern favourite, the legendary Su Pollard, who this year returns to play The Wicked Queen, alongside Francesca McKean as Snow White, Aiden Banyard as the Prince, Philips Meeks as Nursie… and back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles! in a magical adventure with a beautiful Princess, the jealous Wicked Queen, an enchanted mirror and a dashing Prince.

With a little help along the way from the Muddles, Nursie and of course the Seven Dwarfs…

• Continue reading at Worcester News.

Free Radio: Win Tickets to Malvern Theatres Panto

November 8th, 2018

snowwhite18lHeigh ho, heigh ho! It’s off to Malvern Theatres panto we go!   Free Radio are giving you the chance to win tickets to the most magical pantomime of them all… Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres on Sunday 16th December.

Not only will you get to take your family to see this spectacular show starring the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, but we’ll also give you money to spend in the Bistro.

• Click below for more details at Free Radio.

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Entertainment Views Interviews: Su Pollard

October 24th, 2018

snowwhite18kEntertainment Views Interviews: Star of Malvern Theatres’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs… Su Pollard

Actress Su Pollard has long been a favourite performer of mine, both on screen and in her various stage roles. As a pantomime villain she’s second to none so I was delighted to hear she was going to play the Wicked Queen in Malvern Theatres’ pantomime this year, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Here, Su tells me why she thinks that pantomime remains a popular tradition at Christmas and we chat about her appearance in the ITV reality television programme ‘Last Laugh In Vegas‘.

Thank you for talking to Entertainment Views, Su – what do you love about pantomime?
I like panto because it’s a real tradition and I believe that traditional theatre should keep going as long as possible. In the same way that people love Shakespeare, so many people love panto. You’re never too old to get into the spirit of it all. I like it when the kids are screaming and that they’re allowed to be noisy, in other instances they’d be expected to be on their best behaviour. If I don’t make at least one child cry then I think I’ve failed in my job! I love it when a child gets carried out, result!

So you enjoy being the baddie then?
Oh I do love playing the baddie and scaring the children, but it’s important that everybody goes home happy and feels they’ve had value for money.

• Continue reading at Entertainment Views.

ATV Today: Doctors Say Hi-de-Hi

October 2nd, 2018

atvtoday18aDoctors say Hi-de-Hi to Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard

The holiday camp actresses are joined by Paul Harman-Elliott, better known as Paul Chuckle, for a forthcoming storyline.

From 1980 until 1988 millions of viewers tuned to BBC One for a regular visit to the Maplins Holiday Camp in Crimpton-On-Sea. The fictional home of 1950s-set sitcom Hi-de-Hi! The series made stars of the cast which included Simon Cadell as entertainment manager Jeffery Fairbrother, Ruth Madoc as seductive head yellow coat Gladys Pugh, Paul Shane as always on the fiddle camp host Ted Bovis and Su Pollard as the over-excited chambermaid Peggy Ollerenshaw; who was forever trying to become a yellow coat.

The series followed the adventures of the staff at the run down holiday destination as their attempts to entertain the campers entertained beeb viewers across 58 episodes, nine series, and even lead to a stage version and cast album. The comedy was created and written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft who had also brought to life Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and You Rang M’Lord?

Two of the key actresses from the show – Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard are being reunited on screen in BBC One daytime soap opera Doctors. Ruth plays Jean Marsh while Su features as Mary Dunlop in an episode to be screened on 8th October. The pair are joined for the plot by ChuckleVision ‘Chuckle Brother’ Paul Harman-Elliott who plays Ronnie Hislop, a man whom has been a little naughty to say the least.

• Continue reading at ATV Today.

Malvern Gazette: Let’s Say Hi-de-Hi Again

October 2nd, 2018

snowwhite18kLet’s say hi-de-hi again to national treasure Su

Su Pollard leans back in the chair, her face breaking into the kind of smile that seems to suggest she’s known you all her life.

You’ve hardly sat down, but she’s already delivering that big Nottinghamshire welcome treatment, those long, drawn-out east Midlands vowels immediately making you feel at home.

There isn’t any trace of weariness in her voice, which is all rather remarkable, because the star of a string of iconic television sitcoms is still very much living and working in the fast lane.

Su’s starring in this year’s Malvern Theatres pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and quite obviously can’t wait to hear all that barrage of boos and hisses as she plays the part of the Wicked Queen to the full and then some.

‘Legend’ is a much-used word. But in the case of Su Pollard, the epithet is richly deserved. The star of television’s Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord and Oh, Dr Beeching has been a household name for more than three decades, so Worcestershire panto fanatics will be in for a real treat.

• Continue reading at the Malvern Gazette.

Ludlow Advertiser: Snow White’s the Malvern Panto

October 2nd, 2018

snowwhite18iMalvern Theatres has announced more details about this year’s panto at the venue, which will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

A spokesman said: “Hi ho, hi ho! It’s off to Malvern Theatres panto we go!

“This spectacular production stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, alongside Francesca McKean as Snow White, Aiden Banyard as the Prince, Philips Meeks as Nursie… and back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles!

“Join us for a magical adventure with a beautiful Princess, the jealous Wicked Queen, an enchanted mirror and a dashing Prince; with a little help along the way from the Muddles, Nursie and of course the Seven Dwarfs…

• Continue reading at the Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser.

British Theatre Guide: Su Signs Up For Snow White

October 2nd, 2018

snowwhite18jSu Pollard will play the Wicked Queen in Malvern Theatres’ 2018 panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Francesca McKean will play Snow White, Aiden Banyard will be the Prince, Philips Meeks takes the role of Nursie and Mark James plays Muddles.

The pantomime is produced by UK Productions. There will be a full supporting cast including children from dance school the Cecilia Hall Dance Centre.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at Malvern Theatres from Thursday 13 December until Sunday 6 January 2019.

• Continue reading at the British Theatre Guide.

Redditch Advertiser: Loads Of Laughter In Store

September 25th, 2018

snowwhite18fOnce it was ‘Hi-De-Hi’, but now it’s going to be very much a case of ‘Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho’ for one of the favourite characters from the famous holiday camp comedy series in which she played Peggy – the staff chalet maid.

Afficionados of the hugely popular television series won’t need reminding that Peggy Ollerenshaw was played by the always effervescent, if not zany, Su Pollard. Now Su is about to play the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which will be the festive pantomime at Malvern’s Festival Theatre over the Christmas period.

And she was in town this week to help launch the panto along with fellow cast members.

Throughout the 58 episodes of Hi-De-Hi, Su’s character had aspirations to become a Maplin’s Yellowcoat but now she will be wearing costumes far more colourful and outrageous – much like her outgoing personality.

She was the life and soul of the launch and Malvern audiences will be in for a real treat with her in this form.

Born and raised in Nottingham and very proud of her roots, she has been ‘treading the boards’ – first performing in clubs – since she was 15 years old. Su says she is delighted to be returning to Malvern.

• Continue reading at the Redditch and Alcester Advertiser. Click below for further info and to book tickets. (Photos © Redditch Advertiser)

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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)