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West End Wilma: Hi-de-hi! – Su Pollard Interview

July 16th, 2018

wewilma18aA new interview with Su, chatting about Harpy and debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe, published by West End Wilma yesterday.

Hi-de-hi! – Su Pollard talks about heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Harpy is about Bridget Woodbead who leads an isolated life as a hoarder. It’s funny and sad and it contains a mystery to solve. Mostly it’s about mental health and the fact that men are scared of women in the same way rich people are scared of poor people. It’s the first play in a series of three called South London Fables. The other two characters also appear in Harpy. All women of a certain age with startling stories to tell.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
We started developing the play in January and we’ve had several drafts and a few readings and as I write this we’re about to start the actual rehearsals. It’s great that I’ve had time to really think about the character and the story before putting it on its feet……I’ve been living like a hermit since the end of May getting ready!

The play is set in 2018 in London which is Bridget’s adopted home, like it is mine and the writer Philip Meeks. This is because he feels so many people who are a bit lost end up living in London and He’s right. The play reflects today’s political climate quite strongly as we all wait anxiously in a hope we’ll ever understand what Brexit means!

• Continue reading at West End Wilma.

The List: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

June 28th, 2018

harpy18gEdinburgh Festival Fringe 2018: shows we think will sell out fast

From first timers to returning Fringe favourites, here’s the shows from Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Assembly and Underbelly to book ASAP

It’s that time of year again. We’ve had a halloween, a Christmas, a few apocalyptic storms and the obligatory couple of sunny days – and now we’re back where we started; August and the 71st annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Have you read the programme front to back yet? Drawn clumsy, oversized circles round your ‘must see’ shows? Planned a detailed itinerary? I like your style.

Careful though, because there’s no worse feeling than picking out a show and finding out there’s no tickets left. All gone, to people that were quicker than you. We don’t like to see that happening to our readers, and so have put together a list of shows that – if you want to get a seat for – you should move fast.

Harpy: Written for Su Pollard’s Fringe debut, it’s a razor-sharp drama from Fringe First Award-winner Philip Meeks which explores the growing social issue of hoarding.
Harpy, Underbelly Cowgate, Thu 2–Sun 26 Aug, 4pm.

• Continue reading at The List. (Photo © Karla Gowlett)

Theatre Weekly: Edinburgh Preview: Harpy

June 16th, 2018

harpy18eEdinburgh Preview: Harpy at Underbelly Cowgate (White Belly)

A razor-sharp drama from Fringe First award-winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!), Harpy is directed by Hannah Chissick (Mother Courage & Her Children, Southwark Playhouse; The Beautiful Game, NYMT; Flashdance, UK Tour), and stars national treasure Su Pollard in her Edinburgh Fringe debut.

Much loved Su Pollard has a career in showbusiness which has spanned four decades and is best known for her role as Peggy in the BAFTA Award-winning sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. Now, Su comes to the Edinburgh stage, in a play commissioned especially for her, to portray Birdie, a woman with an extreme disorder.

• Continue reading at Theatre Weekly. Browse all of our Harpy news…

The Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Official Programme Launch

June 6th, 2018

edfringe18bThe Edinburgh Fringe has officially launched its 2018 programme today. It features 3,548 shows – up from 3,398 last year – covering theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy and music. This is the largest number of shows in the festival’s history. Here is a selection of press with mentions of Su in Harpy:

BBC News: Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences to ‘leap into unknown’: Singer Jason Donovan, Pussy Riot, Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard and broadcaster Esther Rantzen are to appear at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – Continue reading…

Beyond The Joke: Edinburgh Fringe Officially Launches 2018 Programme: Famous Faces – Fringe debuts come from Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard, who stars in solo show Harpy (Underbelly, p.343), the story of a hoarder’s quest to find something stolen from her a long time ago – Continue reading…

The Skinny: Edinburgh Fringe programme 2018 announced: Famous faces heading to Edinburgh – As ever, a plethora of well-known names from the world of film, TV and comedy appear in this year’s Fringe Programme. Cult American comedian and actor Janeane Garofalo will be crossing the pond (Gilded Balloon), while iconic Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard comes to Edinburgh with her Fringe debut, solo show Harpy (Underbelly) – Continue reading…

Sunday Post: Audiences urged to ‘leap into the unknown’ at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe: Performers this year include Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard, who will be making her Fringe debut, actor and singer Jason Donovan, broadcaster Esther Rantzen, actress Maureen Lipman and Lee Ridley, winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 – Continue reading…

STV News: Edinburgh Fringe launches events programme for 2018: There will be more than 3500 shows this year, the largest number in the festival’s history – Continue reading…

See other reports at The Independent, The Scotsman and Chortle.

British Theatre: Su Pollard Makes Fringe Debut With Harpy

May 27th, 2018

britishtheatre18aSu Pollard is to make her Edinburgh Fringe debut with Harpy by Philip Meeks at Underbelly Cowgate.

A razor-sharp drama from Fringe First award-winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!), Harpy is directed by Hannah Chissick (Mother Courage & Her Children, Southwark Playhouse; The Beautiful Game, NYMT; Flashdance, UK Tour), and stars national treasure Su Pollard in her Edinburgh Fringe debut.

Much loved Su Pollard has a career in show business which has spanned four decades and is best known for her role as Peggy in the BAFTA Award-winning sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. Now, Su comes to the Edinburgh stage, in a play commissioned especially for her, to portray Birdie, a woman with an extreme disorder. Her neighbours call Birdie a harridan and a harpy even most of them have never even met her. They see her obsessive hoarding as detrimental to the value of their own homes.

• Continue reading at British Theatre.

Harpy: Edinburgh Preview @ Museum of Comedy

May 18th, 2018

harpy18cThere are two previews of Harpy taking place at London’s Museum of Comedy before the show debuts at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

The dates of the previews are Thursday 26th July and Sunday 29th July.

Harpy plays at Underbelly’s Cowgate venue from 2nd – 26th August.

• Book tickets for the previews at the Museum of Comedy website.

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Harpy @ Underbelly – Book Tickets Now!

May 17th, 2018

harpy18aTicket booking for many of the shows and performances at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 opened today. Including for Su’s debut show, Harpy.

Birdie’s a hoarder. The neighbours call her a harridan and a harpy, although most have never even met her. They see her hoard as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish. It’s her life’s work and it exists because years ago something deeply cherished was stolen, and Birdie’s not been able to give up anything since. She’ll do anything to get this priceless thing back. Anything at all. A razor-sharp drama from Fringe First award winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!), directed by Hannah Chissick and starring national treasure Su Pollard in her Edinburgh Fringe debut.

• Continue reading and see details on ticket booking at the Underbelly website.

Su at The Edinburgh Festival 2018

May 13th, 2018

edfringe18aExciting news! Su is making her debut at the legendary Edinburgh Festival this August.

Su stars in Harpy at Underbelly on the Cowgate from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 26th August (no performance on Monday 13th August), daily at 4pm.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, 17th May. Ticket links will be posted on this page.

Read further info on Harpy in Liam Rudden’s Edinburgh Evening News article below.