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Malvern Gazette: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2018

snowwhite18zNot just a case of curtain calls, it was perhaps also a case of destiny calling for the young actor playing Snow White in this year’s Malvern pantomime.

For opportunity has quite obviously knocked twice for Francesca McKean. At the age of eight, she performed in her very first panto as a dwarf in her home town’s production of Snow White… and now, 14 years on, she’s making her graduate debut in the title role of a truly fabulous festive feast of fun and frolics.

And what a Christmas cracker of a performance from a young professional who’s not long out of stage school… the ultimate panto heroine, only the hardest of hearts could fail to melt when her achingly tragic voice rattles the rafters and shakes the chandeliers.

But that’s as it should be, for she’s got Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen to contend with, a battleship of a baddie who steams out of the murk and mists with all guns blasting.

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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.

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