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…

Su on Christmas TV: Who’s Doing The Dishes?

December 18th, 2017

Who’s Doing The Dishes?: Be3: Saturday 30th December: 1.30pm
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 at Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville

December 16th, 2017

You can’t beat a cuddle from Florrie Bear! Another great photo of Su, visiting the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on Thursday. (Photo © Aylesbury Waterside)

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Mix 96: Interview with Su Pollard

December 16th, 2017

Listen to a panto themed interview with Su, from Mix 96, by clicking below.

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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.

Su Visits the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville

December 14th, 2017

Su took a little time off from being *Wicked* in Snow White at the Aylesbury Waterside and popped in to the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville Hospital yesterday to say ‘Hi de hi’ & draw the Christmas raffle. (Photo © Bucks Healthcare)

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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.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Press Night

December 14th, 2017

Press Night for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs took place on Tuesday – Check out a selection of photos from the exciting event here, here and here.

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Su on Christmas TV: Benidorm (2010 Christmas Special)

December 14th, 2017

benidorm12cThe 2010 Benidorm Christmas Special, in which Su guested, is airing again this coming festive season in Ireland.

Benidorm: Be3: Wednesday 27th December: 00.30am
Christmas Special. It’s Christmas on the Costa Blanca and the Garveys are staying with Mel and Madge in their luxury hilltop villa – but will Mel make it back from a business trip in time for Christmas dinner? Noreen finds a travel companion, but he may not be all he seems. There is confusion at the Solana when Donald and Jacqueline check in with a group of close personal friends – including king of the swingers Marvin. Madge is left in charge of the Christmas Spectacular at the Benidorm Palace but when star of the show Su Pollard takes an unexpected detour via a Spanish nudist camp it looks as if the event will be left without its big finale. Can Donald and Jacqueline’s famous friend save the day? Starring: Jake Canuso, Janine Duvitski, Siobhan Finneran, Tim Healy, Kenny Ireland, Elsie Kelly. (Also airing on Be3 HD)

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Su on Christmas TV: Better Known For Other Things

December 14th, 2017

Better Known For Other Things: NOW 80s: Thursday 14th December: 8pm
Anyone for a bit of Nick Berry or Su Pollard? Soap stars, movie stars and comedians – they all made music (of variable quality), but were all better known for something else!

• NOW 80s airs on Sky channel number 378.