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.

BBC News: Demolition of Hi-de-Hi! Hotel Begins

August 4th, 2018

hidehi18jA hotel which hosted stars of 1980s sitcom Hi-de-Hi! during filming has begun to be knocked down.

The Cliff Hotel in Dovercourt, Essex, is being demolished and redeveloped as a 61-room hotel and apartments.

Cast members stayed at the site between 1980 and 1988 while shooting the comedy series, which was filmed at Warner’s Holiday Centre at Dovercourt Bay.

Su Pollard, Ruth Madoc and Paul Shane were among the stars of the show. The BBC sitcom was set in a fictional holiday camp called Maplins and revolved around the lives of entertainers.

• Continue reading at BBC News.

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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 Express: ‘All Is Forgiven Now’ Says Su Pollard

August 2nd, 2018

express18bIt might have taken more than three decades but Su Pollard has forgiven Diana Ross for depriving her of her own chart-topping hit.

The 68-year-old says: “Chain Reaction by Diana Ross kept my single Starting Together off No 1 in 1986 but I’ve forgiven her now.”

The Hi-di-Hi actress’s song peaked at No 2. Starting Together was her theme song for BBC documentary The Marriage.

Su is now preparing to star in the play Harpy about a hoarder’s relationship with suspicious neighbours, which runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 2 to 28. Written by Fringe First Award winner Philip Meeks and directed by Hannah Chissick it will be Su’s debut at the world’s largest arts festival.

• Continue reading at The Express.

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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.

Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD (Series 1&2)

July 30th, 2018

gold18aMore Hi-de-Hi! on GOLD this week, with episodes from Series 1 and 2, which originally aired in March/April/November 1981. Aside from Monday the episodes are only airing once daily for the rest of the week.

Please click on the cast photos below for our Episode Guide. (Photos © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Monday 30th July: 1.10pm/6.30pm
The Partridge Season. (Series 1, Episode 3). Mr. Partridge goes on one of his seasonal “benders” which results in him locking his chalet door and refusing to come out. Unable to sober him up Jeffrey is forced to perform the Punch & Judy show.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Tuesday 31st July: 1pm
The Day Of Reckoning. (Series 1, Episode 4). Fred Quilly thinks that the racing mobster Big Mac from Brighton has tracked him down to Maplin’s Holiday Camp,  the staff are on their toes to prevent Big Mac from taking his revenge.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Wednesday 1st August: 1.15pm
Charity Begins At Home. (Series 1, Episode 5). Ted gets the Yellowcoats involved in his latest fiddle – the Campers Amenity Fund,  meanwhile Jeffrey comes across two old people who are suffering from a case of very bad luck.

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Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Thursday 2nd August: 1.20pm
No Dogs Allowed. (Series 1, Episode 6). Jeffrey is left with a large dog to look after. All pets being banned from Maplin’s he has to break in and try to keep it secretly in his chalet.

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Friday 3rd August: 1.20pm
If Wet – In The Ballroom. (Series 2, Episode 1). The staff are at their wits’ end trying to amuse the campers. Rain has been tumbling down for days and they have practically exhausted their repertoire of indoor amusements.

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 Edinburgh Fringe: The Standard Issue

July 27th, 2018

standardissue18aOn the only day Harpy isn’t playing at The Edinburgh Fringe – Monday 13th August – Su is appearing in ANOTHER show… Sarah Millican’s! – In Conversation with The Standard Issue.

What’s that, our Sarah Millican’s only show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year is alongside Luisa Omielan, Su Pollard and Janeane Garofalo? Of course it is!

In Conversation with Standard Issue
August 13, 2018: The Stand, Edinburgh

Join Standard Issue Podcast – the smart and witty women’s magazine for your ears – as it hosts a panel of brilliant women from the world of comedy and media including Sarah Millican, Janeane Garofalo, Su Pollard and Luisa Omielan in conversation about funnies, feminism and more.

• Further info and ticket details here.

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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Su on TV: Top Of The Pops

July 27th, 2018

Top Of The Pops: BBC4: Friday 3rd August: 7.30pm
Top Of The Pops: BBC4: Saturday 4th August: 0.20am/11.55pm
1986. Gary Davies and Steve Wright present the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 13 February 1986. Featuring Belouis Some, Whitney Houston, Su Pollard, Shakin’ Stevens and Billy Ocean.

Su on TV: You Rang, M’Lord? on GOLD

July 27th, 2018

You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Saturday 28th July: 10.10am
You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Sunday 29th July: 7.30am
Pilot. (Series 1, Episode 1). The casts of Hi-De-Hi! and It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum intermingle in the first episode of the chucklesome sitcom with butlers galore, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. London, 1927: Alf Stokes and his daughter Ivy are given the boot from their jobs on the music halls. Alf decides that he has no option but to go back into service as a butler. When he arrives at the residence of Lord Meldrum some familiar faces await him. Starring: Paul Shane, Su Pollard, Jeffrey Holland, Donald Hewlett.

You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Saturday 28th July: 11.15am
You Rang, M’Lord?: GOLD: Sunday 29th July: 8.25am
The Phantom Signwriter. (Series 1, Episode 2). Alf and Ivy are settled into their new jobs but things soon start to hot up when Sir Ralph suspects that his wife is having an affair. Lord Meldrum’s car is vandalised – someone has daubed ‘fornicator’ on the side which causes panic when the Bishop wants to use the vehicle.