Break From Maplins
With a CV littered with
tea-time TV comedies and panto appearances the
last thing you would expect Su Pollard to turn
her hand to is Shakespearean tragedy.
three days ago she was playing the Wicked Queen
to packed audiences but already Su is throwing
herself into rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet -
and loving every minute of it.
will be my virginal appearance as far as
Shakespeare goes," she laughs. "I have
read things and seen lots of productions, of
course, but this will be the first time I have
taken to the stage.
have been asked to do other productions but have
never seemed to find the time. But this
production has a great director and obviously a
fantastic writer so I thought it would be a good
job to do."
bubbly character and kind-hearted nature make her
perfectly suited for the part of Juliet's nurse -
one of the more humorous parts in the play.
thought the role of the Nurse would suit me. It
is a fun thing and she is a kind soul who tries
to do her best," she says.
suppose Shakespeare can be a bit of a shock, I
have had to just forget I have ever done panto.
But it is just the same as doing any kind of job
even if it is not the same sort of silliness. You
just take on board what you have to do and you do
your best. I will just take it in my
Su is not short of varied projects to keep her
busy. With plans for a one woman show, radio
sketches and voice-overs for a new series of
children's programme Little Robots in the
pipeline, it is a wonder she ever gets time to
she still makes sure she has time to stay in
touch with her fellow survivors from her Hi-De-Hi
popular sitcom set in post-war holiday camp
Maplin's dominated TV screens throughout the
1980s and made Su, who played cleaner Peggy
Ollerenshaw who dreamt of being a Yellowcoat, a
we don't get the chance to see each other we will
always stay in touch by text," she says.
have just seen Ruth Maddoc - she was playing the
same part as me in panto in Blackpool. We went
out for dinner and had a great time. I am also
hoping to see Paul Shane soon in Derby.
we first started out together hardly any of us
were known. We all learned from each other how to
handle it. There was a great camaraderie.
went wine tasting so we could learn to be more
sophisticated. We had competitions and I would
always get it wrong - I'd call something a Hock
when it would be some wonderful concoction from
as a refined Shakespearean actress such carefree
days must seem a long time ago but as long as Su
is doing work she can be proud of she is content.
like to do anything I feel is good stuff - you
should not limit yourself and try anything within
your scope. I try to take on all sorts."
Maplin would be proud.