Says Hi-de-Hi to Derry in New Theatre Musical
Su Pollard this week said "hi-de-hi" to
Londonderry as she donned the dressing gown and
whiskey whine of Miss Hannigan in the musical
week, the NWT caught up with the actress as she
prepared to tread the boards at the Millennium
been two years since the popular screen and stage
actress made a big impression on the city.
she says the feeling was mutual.
in her trademark up-north lilt, she said: "I
love Derry. Everybody was so fantastic the last
time we were here, so I've been really looking
forward to coming back.
people are marvellous, they come up to you in the
shops and they make you feel so welcome."
former Hi-De-Hi and You Rang M'Lord comedy
actress added: "The Millennium Forum is a
fantastic venue and a great flagship for
anybody interested in the arts and media, it's a
Pollard said that her new role had presented her
with a thrilling challenge and added that the old
warning regarding working with children had not
of the perks is that if you have had a bad day
you can then take it out on them as Miss
Hannigan; get your anger out," she
joking, the kids are really, really good
especially the ones in Derry.
last time, they knew everything that was taught
local people to come and watch the show, she
added: "I like it because it's family
entertainment: you could take your great
grandmother or your great grandchild to see
story keeps moving and it's a feel good show, a
rags to riches tale, and after all that adversity
it all turns out well.
course the songs are brilliant as well."
adds: "It's great value for money. People
have to save up hard and that's important that
they go away thinking, 'you know, that was well
worth it'," she said.
Su added it has been interesting performing in
the broken heels of Annie's carer.
is more human that most and her position is very
relevant today - the haves and the have-nots
life has totally gone down the pan and she's been
left looking after a stack of kids."
Su doesn't mind a bit that she still gets the
Hi-De-Hi from the public almost every day.
just so glad that it is still going strong in
people's memories," she says.