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BBC News: Hi-de-Hi! Star ‘Comforted’ by Hotel Plan

January 10th, 2018

bbcnews18aA star of 1980s sitcom Hi-de-Hi! says it is “comforting” to know a new hotel is set to be built where she and fellow cast members stayed while filming.

The Cliff Hotel in Dovercourt, Essex, was home to the likes of Su Pollard, Ruth Madoc and Paul Shane during the filming of 58 episodes from 1980-88.

It is being knocked down and rebuilt as a 61-bedroom hotel and apartments.

Pollard, who played chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw, said she was glad a hotel would remain on the old site.

• Continue reading at BBC News.

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Bucks Free Press: Snow White Review

December 23rd, 2017

snowwhite17kkAnother fantastic review for Snow White, this one from Bucks Free Press.

PANTO REVIEW: Snow White at the Aylesbury Waterside proved a massive hit

If a panto’s success is judged by the decibels of the squeals of delight emanating from the children in the audience then Snow White at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is a massive hit.

The cast member most often initiating the audience participation was Muddles, played quite honestly to panto perfection by Andy Collins, a veteran TV warm-up man who is best known locally as a presenter on BBC Three Counties Radio. His twinkly-eyed, comedic, cheerful chappy approach to the role endeared him to kids and adults alike. The grown-ups even forgave him for drenching them with water pistols in the hilarious 12 Days of Christmas routine.

… There are several statements which could be used to describe Hi-de-Hi’s Su Pollard. Mad as a bag of frogs, slightly bonkers, charmingly eccentric and add to the list perfect for panto! She seemed to revel in being booed and was convincingly menacing as the wicked queen, but she did it in such a way that I couldn’t help but like her (this was a long way from the glam wicked queen). When she pitched up on stage in a leopard skin print shorts and skimpy top with her skinny legs, big glasses and bewildered look on her face to proposition the Prince (the charming Jon Moses) I almost wanted her to succeed!

• Continue reading at Bucks Free Press. Read more reviews of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs here.

Snow White 2017: Receiving Great Reviews!

December 19th, 2017

snowwhite17sSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Aylesbury Waterside is going great and receiving praise and fab feedback from theatregoers, and press…

With live music, a cornucopia of amazing costumes and atmospheric sets, including the dwarfs’ cottage, which opens to reveal the interior, this is a visually and auditorily satisfying pantomime.“: The Bucks Herald

Bravo to La Pollard who really was the star of the show – razor sharp timing, a strong voice and some real comedy chops. The scene where she attempted to woo Prince Frederick of Fairford Leys in her camisole set was genuinely hilarious but there were glimpses of her real acting talent too.“: Muddy Stilettos

La Voix stamps her mark on the show, and her double act with Collins is easy and assured, radiating warmth that the audience cannot fail to absorb. As the Wicked Queen, Su Pollard throws herself into the villainous role.”: The Reviews Hub

Rarely even in pantomime do you hear an audience this engaged in a production,
even the theatre foyer is dressed to get them in the mood before the start.“: Pocket Size Theatre

You can’t beat a good pantomime and after last night I am really in the Christmas spirit!“: What’s Good To Do

UK Theatre Network: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2017

snowwhite17eeWalking gingerly along ice-covered pavements with snow stacked up on the side and seeing the glittering Christmas lights glowing certainly puts one in the festive mood!  Without the lights, December would be very bleak as we wait for the winter equinox on 21st, heralding the start of winter and longer days. Pantomime plays an important role in these dark days, bringing colour, fun, laughter and mayhem to brighten up our lives.

This year’s pantomime at The Waterside is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring the sublime Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen. Su is a real trooper, with her unique energy, humour and enthusiasm she captivates you and it’s hard to think of her as ‘the baddie’, as she’s so likeable. She also has a great singing voice and her opening number ‘One Way or Another’ sets the scene nicely.

• Continue reading at UK Theatre Network. Review by Yvonne Delahaye.

Muddy Stilettos: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2017

snowwhite17ffGod bless Su Pollard! Back from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with two extremely happy nippers who loved the hi-di-hi camp of it all. The odds of this being a good panto were always going to be strong, with the brilliant La Voix returning for a second year and Three Counties radio host Andy Collins a long-standing panto pro.

But bravo to La Pollard who really was the star of the show – razor sharp timing, a strong voice and some real comedy chops. The scene where she attempted to woo Prince Frederick of Fairford Leys in her camisole set was genuinely hilarious but there were glimpses of her real acting talent too, particularly when she donned the nose to play the beggar lady.

• Continue reading at Muddy Stilettos.

Snow White @ Aylesbury Waterside: More Reviews

December 19th, 2017

snowwhite17tMore fabulous reviews for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Aylesbury Waterside…

Jasmine Storm – It’s A Wonderful Life: This show has an amazing cast, all of whom give their all. Along with a witty script and joyous moments of laughter (12 days of Christmas), it promises to deliver on all levels.  The songs are well chosen and there is something for everyone.  Su Pollard (Hi De Hi) has one of the best entrances ever witnessed.  She comes on singing Blondie’s One Way Or Another.  This is worth the ticket price alone.  I was not sure how the lovely Su would translate to a wicked queen, but she does it in her own style and with an element of humour – Continue reading…

Tab’s Theatre Thoughts: I have a confession to make. I have been to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs TWICE in four days. Yep. I am about to give you the low down on one of the best nights in Aylesbury, so get your specs on and pay attention. Before I get started though, does anyone else agree that the correct plural of dwarf is dwarves? Anyway… This years production at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is truly a “who’s who” of pantomime royalty. Su Pollard steals the show as the wicked queen, clawing desperately onto her title as “the fairest in all the land”. Her cackle is unrivalled by any baddie I’ve ever heard, and her exceptional singing would lure any unsuspecting prince to their doom – Continue reading…

Reviews, Blogs and Thoughts by Lara Wadey: I’ve been reviewing shows for nearly 5 years and I would be the first to pick fault at something, and in fact have become somewhat high maintenance, but I really couldn’t fault anything… what can I say Waterside, you nailed it! Congratulations to everyone. If you get the chance this Christmas, grab yourself, a friend or loved ones some tickets and heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to Waterside you go – it really is a must see! – Continue reading…

The Reviews Hub: Snow White Review

December 14th, 2017

snowwhite17yIt is a recurring thread in many modern pantomimes that the titular heroines, from Sleeping Beauty to Cinderella, are among the least served in terms of scripted character. That’s certainly the case with Aylesbury’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, where the characters of Muddles, Dolly the Nurse and the Wicked Queen transcend all others.

That is in itself no bad thing: local radio personality Andy Collins is a veteran of Aylesbury pantomime, having played the fool rôle for several years and with great aplomb. Reuniting with him is drag artist and singer La Voix, returning after last year’s triumphant performance as Widow Twankey in Aladdin to once again play the dame.

Having a dame who can not only sing, but sing well, adds a sheen that many commercial pantomimes miss out on. From her opening number (the theme from Fame, reworded to an emphatic ‘Dame!’), La Voix stamps her mark on the show, and her double act with Collins is easy and assured, radiating warmth that the audience cannot fail to absorb.

As the Wicked Queen, Su Pollard throws herself into the villainous role

• Continue reading at The Reviews Hub. Review by Scott Matthewman.

The Bucks Herald: Snow White Review

December 14th, 2017

snowwhite17zThe proclaimed stars of Aylesbury’s Waterside pantomimes haven’t always lived up to their top billing, I can think of a few who have been disappointing.

But that certainly isn’t the case with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this year. Su Pollard, as the Wicked Queen, judges the role perfectly and hits the spot with her evil interpretation of the stepmother who wants to have beautiful Snow White killed, and secure Prince Frederick of Fairford Leys for herself.  

With live music, a cornucopia of amazing costumes and atmospheric sets, including the dwarfs’ cottage, which opens to reveal the interior, this is a visually and auditorily satisfying pantomime. There’s plenty of references to current news in the script, even including what must have been a last minute addition with a quip about Dennis Wise’s height (one for fans of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here).  

Dressed in a variety of glorious sparkling dresses – and at one stage, a memorable shorts and top ensemble as she tries to seduce the prince – Ms Pollard is a real trouper, and has a lovely singing voice too. In her first confrontation with the audience, after belting out One Way Or Another, she warns them, “I’ve just seen my worst nightmare – children. I hate children, you are dirty, horrible little creatures,” before adding mischievously, “I may hate children, but I love their dads.”

• Continue reading at The Bucks Herald. Review by Heather Jan Brunt.

Pocket Size Theatre: Snow White Review

December 14th, 2017

snowwhite17aaThe 1937 Disney film defined this title and sometimes it feels awkward to squeeze it into the Pantomime format but when all the elements come together it is a title that will delight Christmas audiences. This UK Production show written by Andrew Ryan, with a strong ensemble cast, all the essential Pantomime business and some of the original Disney tunes certainly does this and credit must go to the whole team under the direction of Chris Nelson. Rarely even in pantomime do you hear an audience this engaged in a production, even the theatre foyer is dressed to get them in the mood before the start. 

The show is driven with loads of energy by Andy Collins as Muddles (7th season at Waterside) and La Voix as nurse (another experienced pantomime Dame). They work very well together from their first entrances, Muddles riding a my little pony and Nurse singing Fame and in a gag filled Mastermind parody. The running gag of the missing pots and pans provides further comic moments leading to a show stopping “Twelve days of Christmas”, one of the best you will see, with amazing audience involvement and even Company Stage Manager, Robb Mookhoek joining the fun in the auditorium with a super soaker.

Opposite them is another excellent pantomime veteran, Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen establishing her own catch phrase “Don’t touch the frock” and belting out a few good songs including “One way or another” as she make her first entrance through the working portcullis.

• Continue reading at the Pocket Size Theatre. Review by Nick Wayne.

What’s Good To Do: Snow White Review

December 14th, 2017

snowwhite17bbIt was my pleasure to attend the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury last night (12 December 2017) to watch the Christmas pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with my daughter and some friends. We were very lucky as it was press night, there seemed to be an added excitement in the air. We were directed upstairs where we found huge Snow White and her Dwarfs made from balloons, (there was a silent auction going on for charity) but the auditorium was dressed beautifully downstairs too; I saw baskets of apples, small plants with apples on the tables, leaves around the booking office and branches around the refreshments stall, for me all these touches added to the experience, I loved it. Staff as always were on hand to direct and help with any questions, the toilets were clean and tidy.

You can’t beat a good pantomime and after last night I am really in the Christmas spirit!

• Continue reading at What’s Good To Do. Review by Sharon Mongey.

The Telegraph: Money – Fame and Fortune

December 12th, 2017

telegraph17aSu Pollard: ‘My last Hi-de-Hi royalty cheque was for £11.20′

Actress and singer Su Pollard, 68, came to fame as Peggy Ollerenshaw in Hi-de-Hi!, BBC One’s iconic Eighties comedy. She later starred in You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching! She had a number two hit single, Starting Together, in 1986, and has toured the UK as a singer.

She has performed in many musicals, theatre productions, pantomimes, and has also toured with her own one-woman show. Su lives in London.

How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude towards money?

I was taught a good work ethic by both parents. My dad started off in the woodyard, making packing cases for Player’s, the cigarette manufacturers, and worked his way up to become a data processing clerk.

My mother worked part-time at the same factory. She impressed upon my sister and myself that you always do your very best, work as hard as you can, and then hopefully things improve in life.

• Continue reading at The Telegraph (registration required).

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Snow White: Quick Fire Questions From The Wicked Queen

December 12th, 2017

snowwhite17vSu gets set for another Christmas in pantoland with ten festive questions for the Wicked Queen…

1. Tinsel or fairy lights? Fairy lights
2. Real tree or fake tree? Fake tree
3. Turkey or nut roast? Turkey
4. Yule log or mince pie? Mince pie
5. Snowman or snow angel? Snowman
6. Baddie or goodie? Baddie
7. Mulled wine or bucks fizz? Bucks fizz
8. Star or fairy on top of the Christmas tree? Fairy
9. Boxing Day or Xmas Eve? Oooh, that’s really hard! Can I have half of each?
10. Boo! or He’s behind you!? Boo!

And here’s her dressing room castle playlist!

Little Mix, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, George Michael, Barbara Streisand, Robbie Williams, My Sherona – The Knack, Tiger Feet – Mud, Put A Ring On It - Beyonce

• Many thanks to the Aylebsury Waterside Theatre.

Bucks Free Press: Just The Ticket

December 8th, 2017

bfp17aJust The Ticket: What’s on this week in and around south Bucks

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre you go for this year’s festive family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring Su Pollard as Wicked Queen. Not to be dwarfed by last year’s panto, this year’s extravaganza is set to be the fairest of them all with dynamic dance, sparkling costumes, sensational songs and barrels of audience participation. Together with the most Wicked Queen, most handsome Prince and most charming of dwarfs, this year’s magical production will leave you feeling more than Happy. Mirror mirror on the wall, this is the must-see panto of them all. Tickets range from £11.75 – £35.50 available at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury. 8 December to 31 December, various showings, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury.

Islington Life: Traders Win With Healthy Choices

November 25th, 2017

islife17aServing up a healthy portion of our five-a-day has bagged two Islington traders the coveted title of Market Trader of the Year 2017.

Street food trader Serpil Erce, who serves up healthy salads from her stall Sunny Olive Tree at Whitecross Street Market, and fruit and veg seller Dave Jackson, based at Chapel Market, were both chosen by public vote.

Serpil won the take-away food category and Dave won in the general market goods category. They were presented with their prize – £150 off their ground rent – by Islington celebrity Su Pollard at the Chapel Market Christmas light switch-on event on Saturday 18 November.

A total of 256 votes were cast since the competition was launched in May, with shoppers, residents and visitors across the borough voting for their favourite street traders.

Annie Denny, who nominated Serpil, said it was because of her “service with a smile, and healthy food that gets us to eat our five-a-day!” Rob Walters nominated Dave because of his “lovely fresh veg and fruit. A nice guy who is pleasant and always cheerful.” Both shoppers will receive £50 to spend at their chosen trader’s stall.

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

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