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07.07.2020: Harpy: Tour Rescheduled for Early 2021
Due to the ongoing global pandemic and theatres remaining closed, Harpy has now been rescheduled for early 2021. Please click below to stay updated on these rescheduled tour dates.

07.07.2020: Su on TV: Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Really: Wednesday 8th July: 10am
Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard. Series 6, episode 3. Two famous faces from the world of stage and television, Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard, head out on the road to Congleton, Cheshire, to go antique hunting with Phil Serrell and Raj Bisram. Ruth finds out more about a famous 19th-century nurse, and Su visits the ancient Roman town of Caerleon. (Photo © BBC)

 
05.07.2020: Pride: Su Celebrates Pride with Friends
Join national treasure, actress and comedienne Su Pollard and friends as she introduces songs from her favourite LGBT+ Off West End musicals. Featuring cast members and songs from GRINDR The Opera, Naked Boys Singing, Tickle The Musical and Bathhouse The Musical, with a special appearance from the Brazilian cast of Naked Boys Singing currently in lockdown in São Paulo.

The concert is free to watch. Donations may be made to support the Kings Head Theatre, Islington, the UK's biggest presenter of LGBT+ theatre.

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Pride in London.
 
05.07.2020: You Rang, M'Lord! for BBC Two!
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14.06.2020: Su on TV: Last Laugh In Vegas
ITV are repeating Last Laugh In Vegas, the successful 2018 series in which Su appeared. Episode One airs next Sunday, 21st June. (Photos © ITV)

Last Laugh In Vegas: ITV:
Sunday 21st June: 11.15pm

Episode One. Comedians Cannon and Ball, Bernie Clifton, Kenny Lynch and Mick Miller, join forces with musicians Bobby Crush, Jess Conrad, Anita Harris and actress Su Pollard to stage their dream gig in Nevada. For two weeks they'll live together, explore the city and rehearse with Las Vegas producer Frank Marino, preparing for the biggest performance of their lives in one of the area's most iconic theatres.

 
14.06.2020: Rare Su Photos: Oh! Mr Porter
A couple of rare photos of Su were included in an article at www.therealchrissparkle.com recently. These are from the Oh! Mr Porter theatre programme from the Mermaid Theatre in 1977.

To celebrate the Dowager Mrs C’s 56th birthday, we saw this delightful revue of Cole Porter songs at the quaint Mermaid Theatre; what Side by Side by Sondheim did for me regarding Sondheim, this did the same regarding Porter, and I still like to discover old Cole Porter classics. Mother’s favourite Porter song, Miss Otis Regrets, was given a moving rendition by Richard Denning; also in the cast were Jacqueline Clarke (still giving great performances today), a young Su Pollard (ditto), Tudor Davies, Don Fellows, Graham James, Eleanor McCready, Kenneth Nelson, Jeanette Ranger and Una Stubbs. A charming and extremely entertaining show.

• Continue reading at
www.therealchrissparkle.com.
 
07.05.2020: London Theatre Reviews: Until The Curtains Rise
West End creatives and beloved celebrity favourites are rallying behind a fundraising initiative for the UK theatre community embattled by the COVID-19 epidemic to keep theatre alive Until the Curtains Rise.

Theatre closures as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic have left actors, directors, producers, writers, composers, designers, stage technicians and theatre administration in dire financial and emotional circumstances, with their future in limbo.

Today, Until The Curtains Rise launches a silent auction and crowdfunding initiative, inviting members of the public to bid on ‘rewards’ donated by stars and creatives.

Donors include Dame Helen Mirren, Miranda Hart, Michael Ball, Christopher Biggins, Arlene Phillips, Danielle de Niese, Jodie Pregner, Bertie Carvel, Lauren Ward, Hannah Waddingham, Su Pollard, Harriet Thorpe, Lesley Joseph, Julie Atherton, Emma Kingston, Jason Carr, Chris Hopkins, Grace Taylor, Linda John-Pierre, Guy Hore, Kaisa Hammarlund, Simon Lipkin, Michael Vinsen, Natalie Moore-Williams, Jason Denton, Charlotte Vaughn, Adam Robert Lewis, Dominic Hodson, Reece Kerridge and the actor service We Audition.

• Continue reading at
London Theatre Reviews. See also The Stage or visit Until The Curtains Rise.
 
30.04.2020: Su on the Radio: BBCR2 Friday Night Is Music Night
Friday Night Is Music Night:
BBC Radio 2: Sunday 10th May: 7pm

Forces Sweethearts. Friday Night is Music Night salutes the Forces Sweethearts of the Second World War on the occasion of Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday.

This week we have been celebrating the 100th birthday of the East Ham girl whose name became synonymous with the phrase "Forces Sweetheart" - Dame Vera Lynn.

Tonight Friday Night is Music Night salutes Vera and the other Forces Sweethearts - including Anne Shelton, Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day and the Andrews Sisters.
The BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe perform Bridge on the River Kwai (Malcolm Arnold); the Spitfire Prelude and Fugue (William Walton) and the Dambusters March (Eric Coates). Our singing guests are Mary Carewe, Lucy Williamson, the Puppini Sisters and making a guest appearance and recalling memories of Gracie Fields - Su Pollard. The presenter is Ken Bruce. Concert recorded 17th January 2017 at the Mermaid Theatre in London.

• Listen online at the
BBC Radio 2 website.
 
30.04.2020: The Official Su Pollard Instagram
Pay a visit to The Official Su Pollard Instagram. A highly entertaining look through Su's eclectic and highly varied career, with many photos and video clips. Great fun!

 
30.04.2020: Chocolate Bar Wars / Blackpool Big Night Out
Su popped up on a couple of shows this past week - Chocolate Bar Wars: Britain's Favourite aired on Channel 5 on Sunday and is currently available to watch on Ch5 Catch Up My5. There was also a repeat airing of Blackpool Big Night Out on BBC2, which is available to watch again at BBC iPlayer.

 
17.04.2020: Yorkshire Post: Su Pollard Interview
Su Pollard on her new stage show and happy memories of Hi-de-Hi!

Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, Su Pollard was often popping down to her local charity shops.

Not for a good rummage around or to spot a potential bargain, but to drop things off.

It was part of her mission to declutter her home. “There are so many things around all of us,” says Su, the actress who shot to fame when she played the irrepressible and eternally optimistic Peggy, the chalet-maid of Hi-de-Hi!, and the slightly bewildered Ivy Stokes in You Rang, M’Lord?

“Am I alone in looking around my place and thinking ‘when did I last use that?’ One of the most recent things was a nice enough decanter that had sat on the sideboard for heaven knows how long. I looked at it and I thought ‘when was the last time that actually had anything in it? When was it used? Is it really doing anything?’ So it went. And I hope that it finds a good home, and that someone gets pleasure from it.”

• Continue reading at the
Yorkshire Post. See forthcoming Harpy dates here.
 
17.04.2020: Happy Hi-de-Hi! Friday / Happy Birthday Ruth
It's incredible that, in its 40th anniversary year, Hi-de-Hi! is still entertaining audiences almost every day - multiple times - on television.

Today The Society Entertainer: Series 4, episode 4 airs on Gold at 9.40am, 1.40pm and 7pm (as well as Gold +1 at 10.40am, 2.40pm and 8pm).

As if that isn't enough, The Perils of Peggy: Series 9, episode 3 airs on Drama at 6pm (and 7pm on Drama +1).

Don't forget that Su and Ruth Madoc, who celebrated her 77th birthday just yesterday, also pop up on Really at 6pm in a repeat of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. Have a very Happy Hi-de-Hi! Friday.

 
16.04.2020: Su on TV: Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Really: Friday 17th April: 6pm
Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard. Series 6, episode 3. Two famous faces from the world of stage and television, Ruth Madoc and Su Pollard, head out on the road to Congleton, Cheshire, to go antique hunting with Phil Serrell and Raj Bisram. Ruth finds out more about a famous 19th-century nurse, and Su visits the ancient Roman town of Caerleon. (Photo © BBC)

 
09.04.2020: Talk Talk - Su Pollard Interview
Su Pollard: ‘I’m not a workaholic – I’m a work enthusiast!’

Bubbling with cheery optimism and wit, Su Pollard is the ideal person to interview if your spirits are low.

In fact, it’s hard to interrupt her seemingly endless supply of humorous anecdotes from her 50-year career – ranging from a close encounter with a horse, tap dancing with Princess Diana, and kissing Theresa May’s husband.

One of our best-known comedic actresses – known for the likes of holiday camp worker Peggy in Hi-de-Hi! in the Eighties, which turned her into a household name – Pollard is full of tales

The main purpose of our interview, however, is her latest role as Birdie, an extreme hoarder, in stage show, Harpy (the UK tour has been postponed due to the pandemic). It’s one the few ‘straight’ parts she’s ever undertaken.

“Over the years, people have put me in a box labelled ‘comedy’ – largely because of Hi-de-Hi! – but I don’t mind that at all,” reflects Nottingham-born Pollard, 70.

“It’s a kind of compliment in a way, because it means they’ve enjoyed whatever they’ve seen and so you’re in their psyche. It’s an affectionate way of being ‘boxed’.

• Continue reading at
Talk Talk. NB: This interview has been syndicated to numerous other online and print publications over the past few weeks.
 
09.04.2020: News & Star - Su Pollard Interview
Actress Su Pollard speaks out about isolation ahead of visit to Cumbria

Much-loved actress Su Pollard is coming to The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness on April 16.

Sue, well known for her roles as Peggy in 80s sitcom Hi-De-Hi! and Ivy the maid in You Rang M’Lord?, is reprising her role in the production ‘Harpy’.

Harpy is by award-winning playwright Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!; Murder, Margaret and Me). It following Su’s successful Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2018 in the role.

The one-woman show presents a grittier side to the Pollard of TV fame, in a heart wrenching exploration of mental illness and loneliness among the elderly.

• Continue reading at the
News & Star. NB: The April 16th date mentioned here is cancelled. New Harpy dates are being recheduled.
 
09.04.2020: Hi-de-Hi! 40th Anniversary
This year is the 40th Anniversary of Hi-de-Hi! - the Pilot Epsiode aired on 1st January 1980 - and over at Su's Instagram a plethora of content is available to view.

 
28.03.2020: Celebrity Murder Mystery - Episode One Caps
A selection of screen caps from last night's, hugely entertaining, first episode of Celebrity Murder Mystery. Click to zoom for larger caps. Tune into Channel 5 tonight for the second, concluding, episode, Celebrity Murder Mystery: Killer Revealed.

 
28.03.2020: Su Recalls James & Ivy
Su was interviewed by the Daily Star this week, and reminisced about the Perry and Croft sitcom that almost happened in the 1990s. James & Ivy would have been her fourth series working with the talented duo:

Now Su has revealed a fourth sitcom was planned. It was called James & Ivy and would be a spin-off to the Upstairs, Downstairs sitcom You Rang, M'Lord? starring her as Ivy Teasdale and pal James Twelvetrees. However, at the 11th hour, TV bosses pulled the plug and it never saw the light of day.

Su said: "We were all ready to go and then suddenly we were told there was no room in the schedules. It never aired, I don't know what happened."
(Photo © David Croft)
 
28.03.2020: Lifestyle - Su Pollard Interview
Su is interviewed in the latest issue of Lifestyle magazine. Click below to read online.

 
27.03.2020: Celebrity Murder Mystery - Ch5 TONIGHT!
More good news. Channel 5's Celebrity Murder Mystery weekend is here! By all accounts this is a great deal of fun. Catch Su, Keith, Sheila, Angela, John and Richard channelling Sherlock tonight and tomorrow night at 9pm. (Photos © Channel 5)

Both episodes of Celebrity Murder Mystery air on Channel 5, Channel 5 +1, and will be available post-airing on Catch Up - My5 and 5Select.

 
27.03.2020: What's On TV: Celebrity Murder Mystery
TV tonight: Our highlights for Friday 27th March - Su Pollard checks in for a murder-mystery weekend

Agatha Christie fans eat your heart out as six celebrities are plunged into a whodunnit when they book in for a murder-mystery weekend. The two-parter sees Su Pollard, Keith Duffy, Angela Rippon, Sheila Ferguson, John Sergeant and Rev Richard Coles step back into to the 1920s to unmask a killer after someone is shot in suspicious circumstances. Each celeb assumes a classic crime-melodrama persona, while also interacting with a cast of characters, including the lord of the manor and a village doctor. As the body count rises, clues help the celebs unravel the mystery, while we also learn some historical facts. It makes for a bonkers mix of a reality show, Poirot and a Back in Time series!

• Continue reading at
What's On TV.
 
27.03.2020: Harpy - 2020 Tour Update
Some good news! The Harpy tour dates are now being rescheduled. Click below for which ones are available to book now and those coming soon. More will be added as they become available and tickets previously booked remain valid.

 
25.03.2020: Su on TV: Hi-de-Hi!
We all need some laughter in these troubling times, so it's great that Hi-de-Hi! is currently airing every weekday on Drama at 6pm, with series six and seven showing this week. As well as this, GOLD have a double bill of the classic series airing this Saturday morning, including the 1982 Christmas Special. (Photo © BBC)

Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Saturday 28th March: 8.20am
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: Saturday 28th March: 9am
Hi-de-Hi!: GOLD: Sunday 29th March: 7.30am

Eruptions. Series 4. Episode 3. Joe Maplin installs a model volcano in the ballroom which erupts during Ted’s act. Ted is not prepared to tolerate such interuptions so in the dead of night he leads an expedition to sabotage it.

 
23.03.2020: Celebrity Murder Mystery - Press: Su Turns Sleuth!
Su Pollard books in for a weekend break with a twist

Celebrity Murder Mystery
Friday, 9pm. Channel 5

Fans of Poirot, eat your heart out, as six celebrities are plunged into their own whodunnit when they book in for a murder mystery weekend at a country mansion.

In this two-parter, Su Pollard, Keith Duffy, Angela Rippon, John Seargeant, Sheila Ferguson and Rev Richard Coles to the 1920s to unmask a 'killer'.

"We all got invited to this lovely posh house, but one by one people seemed to be "killed off", says former Hi-de-Hi! star Su. "We had to work together to find the "killer" - it was proper good fun!"

Each celeb assumes a classic, murder mystery persona while interacting with a cast of whodunnit characters - from a batty old aunt to a shifty village doctor. As the body count rises, the sleuths are given a series of clues to help them unravel the mystery.

"We took it all so seriously," laughs Su. "We had an incident room, where we put all the clues together and that's what we hope the audience at home will do too. It is really ambiguous, though. You think you've worked it out, but then you go, 'I was totally wrong about that.'"
21.03.2020: Harpy Filmed at The Questors Theatre
A complete performance of Harpy was filmed yesterday at The Questors Theatre in Ealing, London. This will, essentially, be utilised for future promotion of the play but clips will possibly be made available online also. Click on the photos to see larger versions at Instagram. (Photo © The Questors Theatre)

 
21.03.2020: Su on TV: Squeaky Clean
Squeaky Clean: Britain's Favourite Cleaning Product: Ch5: Sun 22nd Mar: 6pm
Light-hearted countdown revealing the British public's cleaning product of choice. From sponges to sprays, which go-to housekeeping item will come out shining?
 
20.03.2020: John Hannam Podcast - Su Interview
Su's recent podcast interview with John Hannam is available to listen to via the player below. A great chat with Su discussing her career, Harpy, Southsea and much more.

19.03.2020: Su Online's Su Pollard Career CV
A new addition to the website, our Su Pollard Career Archive. It's essentially a list, but a long and very comprehensive and interesting list. Happy reading...

 
19.03.2020: Su on TV: Celebrity Murder Mystery
Celebrity Murder Mystery: Channel 5:
Friday 27th March: 9pm

Episode One.Well-known faces Su Pollard, Sheila Ferguson, the Rev Richard Coles, Keith Duffy, Angela Rippon and John Sergeant travel back in time to the 1920s for the ultimate murder mystery weekend. The participants have just four days, relying on their wits and the best forensic techniques the era has to offer. As the story begins, the celebs are invited to the reading of the Baroness Grafton's will. Surrounded by the late woman's loved ones, it's clear that some are happier with their lot than others. Inevitably, it's not long before the bodies start to stack up. Director: Tom Stark Holland. Starring: Su Pollard, Sheila Ferguson, Richard Coles, Keith Duffy, Angela Rippon, John Sergeant.

Celebrity Murder Mystery: Channel 5: Saturday 28th March: 9pm
Episode Two. A Killer Revealed. Celebrity sleuths Su Pollard, Keith Duffy, Angela Rippon, John Sergeant, Richard Coles and Sheila Ferguson have just hours left to identify the killer, but are no closer to agreeing on an answer. As well as solving a mystery, they also have to get to grips with the art of flower arranging, cleaning a house using 1920s methods, and enjoying an absinthe-fuelled Charleston party. Director: Tom Stark Holland. Starring: Su Pollard, Keith Duffy, Angela Rippon, John Sergeant, Richard Coles, Sheila Ferguson.
 
18.03.2020: *IMPORTANT UPDATE* Harpy Tour Postponed!
Following the recent announcement by the government regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 situation, theatres in the UK have closed, or are closing, until further notice. Sadly this means the remainder of the Harpy Tour dates are postponed for now - This website will provide further info as and when it becomes available. Please also check theatre websites for information.

 
17.03.2020: Harpy in Bury St Edmunds/Hi-de-Hi! In Conversation
*Important Information* Sadly tomorrow's performance of Harpy at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds and Sunday's In Conversation With - Hi-de-Hi! 40th Anniversary event at the Museum Of Comedy in London have both been cancelled.

The venues have closed due to government advice with regards to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. Apologies to everyone with tickets for both events. Please see the venue's websites, by clicking below, for further information.

 
17.03.2020: Su Pollard - Career Archive
Coming Soon to Su Online - Su's Official Career CV. This is a long-awaited addition to the website - A comprehensive page listing as many of Su's television and theatre roles and appearances as possible, as well as music and writing credits...

 
16.03.2020: The Sunday Post - Su Interview
National treasure Su Pollard is Harpy and she knows it in new one woman play

National treasure Su Pollard has always stood out from the crowd. With her flamboyant dress sense, big glasses and even bigger personality, the actress became a household name in the ’80s thanks to her role in comedy, Hi-de-Hi.

All of that just makes her latest role, as a lonely, forgotten hoarder dealing with myriad mental health issues, more powerful.

Su, now 70, first performed one-woman play Harpy, which was written for her, at the Edinburgh Fringe.

She’s back in Scotland this week as part of a nationwide tour and hopes the show will lead the audience to reflect on many of the issues the story touches upon.

“My character, Birdy, is a hoarder, which is a symptom of her problem,” Su explained.

• Continue reading at
The Sunday Post.
 
16.03.2020: Celebrity Murder Mystery - New Photo
A great photo from the filming of Celebrity Murder Mystery, which airs on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March at 9pm each night. Su is pictured with Keith Duffy and Miranda Godfrey, who provided the photo.

 
14.03.2020: Harpy Review - The News, Portsmouth
Harpy at the Kings Theatre, Southsea REVIEW: 'A strong script and a very strong performance'

For most of us over a certain age Su Pollard is Peggy, the scatty chambermaid who aspires to be a yellowcoat in the long running holiday camp sit-com Hi-De-Hi.

... Su’s performance throughout is sympathetic and convincing and while 90 minutes as the sole character would be admirable enough, this goes way beyond an impressive monologue.

One scene as Birdie approaches breakdown is particularly spellbinding and the combination of a strong script and a very strong performance make this an intriguing insight into the fine line between eccentricity and mental illness.

• Continue reading at
The News. (Review by Martin Cox)
 
14.03.2020: Celebrity Murder Mystery on Channel 5
Dates and times have been confirmed for Channel 5's Celebrity Murder Mystery, in which Su appears along with Angela Rippon, John Seargent, Keith Duffy, Sheila Feguson and Rev. Richard Coles.

The two part series airs on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March at 9pm each night. (Image © Channel 5/Spun Gold TV)

 
14.03.2020: Harpy - More Photos
Two more great photos from Harpy at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth. Please click on each to view larger versions of the photos at Instagram. (Photos © Andrew Searle Photography - Thanks to Andrew, sftw.info & the King's Theatre, Portsmouth)

 
12.03.2020: Harpy - Opens Today!
The opening day of Su's Harpy tour is here! Beginning this afternoon at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth. Best Wishes to Su for a great next few months travelling the UK. Click below for all dates of the tour and links to buy tickets.

See a photo from yesterday's full Harpy rehearsal here. Watch Su in rehearsal for Harpy here. View the Harpy trailer. Browse our Harpy at Edinburgh Fringe feature. Visit, Harpy producers, SFTW's website. Scroll down this page for numerous Harpy interviews and press articles.

 
12.03.2020: Harpy - Rehearsal Photo
A great photo from yesterday's Harpy rehearsal. (Photo © Andrew Searle Photography - Thanks to Andrew, sftw.info & the King's Theatre, Portsmouth)

 
12.03.2020: Standard Issue Podcast - Su Interview
Su was interviewed earlier this month by Jen Offord for the Standard Issue podcast, as part of their International Women's Day 2020 series. Click on the photo to listen to their great chat. (Photo © Jen Offord)

On day three of our International Women's Day 2020 series, we give you the gift of Su Pollard, actor and national treasure, best known as Hi-de-Hi's Peggy, and now starring in one-woman show Harpy. Jen chats to Su about mental health, ageing stars, wedding singers and upsetting passengers from the mighty Harwich Ferry. And parrots, obviously.

 
12.03.2020: Hi-de-Hi! - 40th Anniversary with Su & Jeff
A reminder that Comedy Historian Robert Ross is in conversation with Su and Jeffrey Holland, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hi-de-Hi!, at the Museum Of Comedy on Sunday 22nd March. Tickets can be purchased by clicking below. (Photo © BBC)

 
11.03.2020: Harpy - Newsy Bits & Pieces!
There's been a lot of Harpy press over the last few weeks. Here's another batch:

Shropshire Star: Su Pollard shows her grittier side: Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, actress Su Pollard will reprise her role in Harpy by award-winning playwright Philip Meeks as part of an extensive UK tour this Spring -
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Lichfield Live: Actress Su Pollard "thrilled" to bring show exploring mental health to the Lichfield Garrick: With a showbusiness career spanning four decades, the former Hi-De-Hi and You Rang M’Lord? star will appear in Harpy in the city on 2nd May. The production is embarking on a UK tour after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 -
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Muddy Stilettos: This Month: Theatre - Harpy with Su Pollard, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, Thurs 12 – Fri 13: Su Pollard and the Kings Theatre, in conjunction with Fringe First award-winner Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!, Murder, Margaret and Me) have come together to stage the very witty, dark comedy – Harpy -
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Edinburgh 49: Interview (with Philip Meeks): Why Harpy? Harpy is one of the many derogatory terms about women borrowed from mythology. I’m sure these terms were originally used in this way by men and since one of the themes of the play is that men are frightened of women, like rich people are frightened of poor people, I decided it was a good short sharp title -
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11.03.2020: Interview: Su Chats to John Hannam
John Hannam has recently interviewed Su – and he was so pleased she never stopped talking. Su was in great form. Listen out soon for a new podcast featuring the interview at his website. (Photo © John Hannam)

 
11.03.2020: Harpy - The Set is Ready!
The Harpy set is ready at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth. Designed by Alex Marker. Click on the photo for ticket details. (Photo © Alex Marker/SFTW)

 
10.03.2020: Harpy - Opens Thursday in Portsmouth
The Harpy tour opens on Thursday at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth. There are three performances at the venue; a matinee on Thursday at 2pm, and two evening performances on Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm.

Click below for futher information and ticket booking links.

 
10.03.2020: Andy and the Band - Watch at BBC iPlayer
Su guested in BBC series Andy and the Band with Andy and the Odd Socks. The full series is available now on BBC iPlayer. (Photo © BBC)

 
10.03.2020: Harpy - In The Rehearsal Room
Su in rehearsals for the Harpy tour.

 
09.03.2020: The Guardian: Su Pollard - Interview
Hi-de-Hi's Su Pollard: 'I'd rather talk about cakes than Brexit!'

As she hits the stage in a powerful solo show, the frenetic star talks about sexist miners, over-friendly horses – and what really happened at that No 10 drinks party

‘I do dress flamboyantly – and I don’t care what anyone thinks’ … Su Pollard, who is touring the play Harpy.

Speaking breathlessly between sips of tea, Su Pollard is talking about her stage debut, which took place at the age of six. She was playing one of the Angel Gabriel’s sidekicks in a nativity play and, for some reason, had been made to stand on a cardboard box. “I was telling Mary, ‘Fear not! Angel Gabriel will –’ And then I disappeared into the box. The teacher hadn’t made it strong enough.”

Little Su, demonstrating the professionalism that would come to define her career, climbed out and finished her line: “– be coming to give you a sign.” As the audience howled in delight, she realised that it was her destiny to make people laugh. Or at least so she says, with the advantage of hindsight. There is something very Chumbawamba about Pollard: the woman best known for playing Peggy, the chalet cleaner in the BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, keeps getting knocked down, but she gets up again. She’s so dogged in her relentless cheerfulness, so unstoppable once she gets going.

Sitting opposite me at a hotel in London’s Covent Garden, Pollard is about to tour the country in one of the few straight roles she has taken on since that debut 64 years ago. Fingers crossed, she won’t be upstaged or injured by the scenery. But it remains a possibility since she is playing an extreme hoarder called Birdie who lives alone in her flat, surrounded by a lifetime’s tat, of which more later.

• Continue reading at
The Guardian.
 
09.03.2020: Closer: Celeb Life Mantra
Closer magazine published a short Su interview feature in their latest issue (March 3rd 2020).

COMEDY ACTRESS SU POLLARD, 70, REVEALS HER INNER EMOTIONAL SECRETS

I'M PROUD OF... still being in showbiz. It's quite hard, especially for the younger ones trying to make a career out of it. It is difficult to do for a long time, but I've managed it.

I'VE LEARNED... people often just want a bit of kindness. When I was a little girl, I fell over in the playground. One of my teachers was so kind. She gathered me up and took time out to help and comfort me. That stayed with me. A kind word goes a long way.

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I'VE BEEN GIVEN... is to not disregard people, but also listen to yourself - you'll find the right way forward. It's something my Dad said to me. He was great - as well as being supportive and encouraging, he was modern and forward thinking.

MY BIGGEST FEAR IS... something happening to me before I want to go and not being able to do eveything I want to - there's a few more things yet! You don't want to fear death, but you've got to be realistic.

• Su Pollard will be appearing in the UK tour of Harpy by Philip Meeks.
 
09.03.2020: What's On Stage - Su Interview
Su Pollard and Harpy: no glitter, no glasses, hardly any makeup – I'm very much bare

The Hi-de-Hi! actor stars in a one-woman touring play about hoarding this spring

Most famous for her lead in TV's Hi-De-Hi! in the 1980s, and more recently on stage in such pantomimes as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Malvern Theatres, Waterside Theatre) and Dick Whittington (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre), Su Pollard is about to embark on a UK tour with one-woman show Harpy. The play, written by Philip Meeks, explores a woman's struggles with mental health, isolation and hoarding – it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and is now playing around the UK this spring.

We caught up with Pollard ahead of the tour's opening to talk about the show, Edinburgh and the move away from her usual comedic roles:

How are you feeling ahead of the Harpy tour?
"Luckily I've done a version of it before at the Edinburgh Festival, but it must be about two years now that Philip [Meeks] first thought of it. We worked together in a panto and he said to me, 'when I come up with the right thing that I think might be suitable, I'll definitely send you a script.'

"We've had really good meetings about it, but equally he's distancing himself at rehearsal. He doesn't want to interfere with Abi [Anderson] the director – he's very good at sharing the experience after living with the script for a long time, I've been able to get inside her character.

"I really believe in the play as well – that poor woman has had nobody to help her. Hoarders live in plain sight and that's why Philip wrote this. This show is really relevant, but this time we wanted to have it longer. He's written another 25 minutes' worth, it's more thorough and should be a really entertaining piece. It's ready to go!"

• Continue reading at
What's On Stage.
 
09.03.2020: Velvet Mag: Watch the Birdie: It's (Peggy) Su ...
Best known for her star-turn as Peggy in the BAFTA award-winning sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, Su Pollard is turning her talents to darker subject matter in the highly-acclaimed Harpy.

A play commissioned for Su Pollard, Harpy is a heart wrenching exploration of one woman’s struggles with mental health and loneliness, manifesting itself through extreme hoarding. Neighbours call Birdie a harridan and a harpy even though most of them have never even met her. They regard her obsessive hoarding as detrimental to the value of their homes but for Birdie, saving what others regard as junk allows her to make sense of the world around her; her possessions are memories of times past. Shunned by conventional society, she regards it as her duty to salvage these tiny histories that without her would be entirely forgotten. Ahead of her appearance as Birdie at Bury’s Theatre Royal this month, Velvet asks Su about the new play.

How would you describe the show to someone who hasn’t seen it?
Harpy tells a funny and tragic story about one woman’s lifelong battle to find a treasured possession she once lost. It makes you think about the idea of mental health and how its dealt with.Birdie has mental health issues, but she also has a different way of looking at things that’s wiser than many of the characters she encounters.The play makes you wonder if some people are diagnosed as suffering from certain conditions just because they don’t quite fit in with societies expectations of normal behaviour.

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Velvet Mag.
 
09.03.2020: Harpy - Official Trailer
The new trailer for the Harpy 2020 tour.

 
01.03.2020: Cornerstone: Su 'Harpy' Interview
Interview with Su Pollard

Su Pollard has become one of the nation’s favourites and has enjoyed a career spanning more than four decades. On Sat 28 Mar 7.30pm at Cornerstone Arts Centre, national treasure, Su Pollard gives a one-woman tour-de-force performance. Don't miss your chance to see Su in the razor sharp and bittersweet dark drama, Harpy.

How would you describe the show to someone who hasn’t seen it?
Harpy tells a funny and tragic story about one woman’s lifelong battle to find a treasured possession she once lost. It makes you think about the idea of mental health and how its dealt with. Birdie has mental health issues, but she also has a different way of looking at things that’s wiser than many of the characters she encounters. The play makes you wonder if some people are diagnosed as suffering from certain conditions just because they don’t quite fit in with societies expectations of normal behaviour.

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01.03.2020: The News: Su 'Harpy' Interview
Former Hi-De-Hi! star Su Pollard tackles mental illness in one-woman play Harpy at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

For millions she remains indelibly inked in the nation’s minds as Peggy, the scatty but lovable chambermaid who aspired to be a yellow coat in the classic sitcom, Hi-De-Hi!

But Su Pollard is reprising a role that will show many a whole new side to the much-loved actress.

Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, Su is taking Harpy on a UK tour which is co-produced by, and starts at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

Award-winning playwright Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!; Murder, Margaret and Me), wrote the piece specifically for the actress.

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01.03.2020: Ox Magazine - Su 'Harpy' Interview
Taking Your Own Cue...

Few people in the public eye deserve the ‘national treasure’ moniker – one woman that most certainly does is the irrepressible Su Pollard. Star of legendary 80s sitcom, Hi-De-Hi! the ever-colourful comic actress has recently taken a more dramatic turn with her 2018 Fringe debut, Harpy...

Hi Su, how was panto season? Oh it was marvellous. I love Wolverhampton; the people there are so fabulous. They’re very warm and welcoming, but everything shuts at five so you couldn’t live there… All the cast were lovely and everyone was really delighted with it so all in all, I think we can say it was a success.

Everything gets put aside while you're doing it – what are you catching up on now it’s over? For a start doing all these sorts of things this week – I’ve done half a dozen interviews so far, then I had to go and speak to solicitors about some familial things. You know, it’s just things like that you don’t actually have enough time to talk about; you have to wait until you’re not going on stage. So things like that and things like getting to know the house again, and mail! You think, ‘Crikey, how much more mail?’

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29.02.2020: Harpy - 2020 Tour - New Page
There is less than a fortnight until Harpy opens - at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth. Visit our new tour page for dates and ticket links.

 
29.02.2020: Harpy - Newsy Bits & Pieces!
The Mail: Much-loved actress Su Pollard is coming to The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness on April 16. Su, well known for her roles as Peggy in 80s sitcom Hi-De-Hi! and Ivy the maid in You Rang M’Lord?, is reprising her role in the production ‘Harpy’. Harpy is by award-winning playwright Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!; Murder, Margaret and Me). It following Su’s successful Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2018 in the role - Continue reading...

Blackpool Gazette: Su Pollard returns to Blackpool reprising her role in production of Harpy: National treasure and actress Su Pollard is coming to the Blackpool Grand Theatre this April, reprising her role in Harpy by award-winning playwright of Kiss Me Honey, Honey Philip Meeks -
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North East Theatre Guide: National Treasure Su Pollard Comes to Durham: Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, personality and national treasure Su Pollard (Hi-De-Hi! and You Rang M’Lord?, BBC) returns to reprise her role in Harpy-
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At The Theatre: National treasure Su Pollard in a new light | Harpy, UK Tour – March – May 2020 -
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Thanet News: Su Pollard brings gritty tale of Harpy to Theatre Royal stage: Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, personality and national treasure Su Pollard returns to reprise her role in Harpy by award-winning playwright Philip Meeks. Best known for her star-turn as Peggy in the BAFTA award-winning sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, Pollard has had a career in showbusiness spanning four decades-
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29.02.2020: Su on TV - Hi-de-Hi! & You Rang, M'Lord?
A reminder that classic Perry and Croft series Hi-de-HI! and You Rang, M'Lord? are both currently airing on GOLD. Hi-de-Hi! is also airing on the Drama channel. Various days and times for both shows and channels. (Photos © BBC)

 
09.02.2020: Murder & Mystery... on Channel 5
Su is one of the cast members in Channel 5's new three-part Celebrity Murder Mystery series, with celebs playing 'whodunit' as they figure which of them is guilty.

Participants are: Angela Rippon, John Seargent, Keith Duffy, Sheila Feguson, Rev. Richard Coles and Su.

Airdates and times to be confirmed soon. (Photo © Channel 5 / Thanks to Mark Whitney)

 
09.02.2020: Museum Of Comedy: Hi-de-Hi! 40th Anniversary
Robert Ross Presents Hi-De-Hi: a 40th anniversary reunion with Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland

Hi-De-Hi, David Croft and Jimmy Perry's spirited love letter to the declining days of the British holiday camp, was first broadcast in the January of 1980 and proved an instant success.

In a unique and exciting Museum of Comedy event that is bound to sell out very quickly, we are delighted to be joined by Su Pollard, who shot to stardom as the eager-to-please chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw, and Jeffrey Holland, who spent nearly a decade wearing funny costumes and falling in to the Olympic-sized swimming pool as camp comic Spike Dixon.

As well as fond memories of Hi-De-Hi, Su and Jeffrey will share tales of You Rang, M'Lord, the series that reunited them with the late Paul Shane; as well as Oh, Doctor Beeching! which, twenty five years ago, once more cast the trio of comedy favourites.

Just this last pantomime season Su and Jeffrey were back on stage together, starring in Dick Whittington at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. The production was a box office smash.

This intimate and affectionate, clip-laden chat, chaired by Britain's comedy historian Robert Ross, promises to be a show not to be missed!

• Further info and ticket links are available at the
Museum Of Comedy website.

 
09.02.2020: Su Pollard: 'Can't Say Anymore'
Su Pollard: ‘Can’t say anymore’ Hi-de-Hi star speaks out on The Masked Singer speculation

Su Pollard has spoken out about The Masked Singer UK speculation ahead of the ITV show's semi-final, as the former Hi-de-Hi! star and Starting Together hitmaker was quizzed on whether she is behind one of the masks in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

Su Pollard, 70, who achieved a UK Number two hit with her song Starting Together in 1986, has addressed speculation about The Masked Singer. Only five contestants, Duck, Fox, Hedgehog, Octopus and Queen Bee, are left to be unmasked on the ITV show, and viewers are busy guessing who the disguised singers really are.

When quizzed about if she would take part in The Masked Singer, she divulged: “No, not really.

“I’m not a great lover of the format personally, but then again I know it’s popular and why not?

“People really like that kind of thing don’t they? I’ve only ever seen it for about 10 minutes really so I can’t really make any comments.”

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The Express. The final of The Masked Singer is on ITV next Saturday night.
 
09.02.2020: Su on the Radio: BBC Solent
Su guested on BBC Radio Solent on Wednesday, chatting to Alan Newman and Lou Hannan about Hi-De-Hi!

The iconic Su Pollard and The Blue Planet 2's Dr John Copley
Alun Newman and Lou Hannan. Brighten your morning with Alun and Lou as they wake the South with their breakfast show.

• Listen online to the short clip at
BBC Sounds.
 
09.02.2020: Su Says: 'Get Real!'
Su Pollard says political correctness is ruining comedy

'Hi-de-Hi!' legend Su Pollard believes comedy is being ruined by political correctness and is convinced some people just pretend to be offended by jokes so they have something to post on social media.

The 70-year-old actress - who played hapless chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in the beloved 1980s BBC sitcom set in a 1960s holiday camp - says the fear of offending killjoys has taken precedent over making audiences laugh and she believes that lots of people feign offence just so they have something to post on social media.

In an interview with the Daily Star newspaper, she said: "There's so many people on the politically-correct bandwagon now.

"We were used to saying certain things and it was just water off a duck's back. If you've grown up saying certain words then you still have it in your psyche.

"It's good to be aware of being offensive, but you have to know where to draw the line.

"I think nowadays you get people who are offended but don't really know why. Or they want to be seen to look offended so their tweet appears on TV and they look controversial. I sometimes think: 'What's the matter with you? Get real!' "

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Female First. Read the full interview at the Daily Star.
 
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