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 JUNE 2014 NEWS:
.Annie 2014: Catch It While You Can!
Saturday 28th June, 2014  
Leaping Lizards! Annie the Musical must close at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on July 6. (Photo Lunchbox Theatrical Productions)

.Su On TV - Gimme Gimme Gimme
Saturday 28th June, 2014  
Heidi Honeycomb is... Back! 'Singing In The Drain', the episode of Gimme Gimme Gimme with Su as special guest star is repeated on GOLD next month. The, episode, one of the best of the three series run, originally aired on BBC1 in December 2001.

Gimme Gimme Gimme: GOLD: Saturday 12th July: 1.15am
Gimme Gimme Gimme: GOLD: Monday 14th July: 10.15pm

Singing in the Drain. Series 3, Episode 5. Kathy Burke in the in-your-face comedy with the hapless flatmates with every personality flaw going. Linda finally realises her ambition to become a model.Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Brian Bovell, Beth Goddard, Su Pollard, and Jonathan Harvey.

.British Comedy Guide: Cannon and Ball & Su Pollard Star in Robin Hood Comedy Play
Sunday 22nd June, 2014  
Hi-De-Hi! star Su Pollard and comedy duo Cannon & Ball are to star in a new touring comedy play spoofing the story of Robin Hood. Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves is described by producers as 'a brand new and all-out outrageous comic romp!'

The show's blurb explains: "Ten years after a messy divorce, Robin and Marian are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more. Little John and Friar Tuck, now considerably older and rougher around the edges, join the merry pair to try and save the citizens of Nottingham..."

Su Pollard will play Maid Marian, with producers noting she "serves up a world-weary Marian who is definitely more matron than maid!".

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British Comedy Guide.
.Madicatt: Annie
Sunday 22nd June, 2014  
Annie the Musical has opened in Auckland. Touring all the way from England this production boasts big names like Su Pollard and David McAlister along with a cast of orphans sourced right here in New Zealand.

I got to head along to the media call, what Megan of Thread has aptly described as a readers digest of the show – you get to hear a bit about the production, see a few of the songs, talk to the cast etc.

In two songs I was captured, there’s something about the familiar musicals that really grabs you and this one is no different. And then there’s the lights, the music, the sets, the costume, even the dog! It was captivating.

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.New Zealand Herald: Spy News: Casa Carter: Hi-di-HAKA
Sunday 22nd June, 2014  
Madcap Su Pollard - best known as Peggy in Hi De Hi! - was very keen to learn the haka while in New Zealand for her role in the hit show Annie. League legend Monty Betham was bringing his family to opening night last weekend and arrived early to teach Su - who plays the gin-soaked Miss Hannigan - the moves.

... Su's fabulous pins were a knockout and dishy Mig Ayesa (aka Rooster) - a finalist in Rock Star: INXS and star of We Will Rock You - showed he had plenty to crow about.

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The New Zealand Herald.
.Ha Ha Hood!: Offical Tour Website Launches
Thursday 19th June, 2014  
The all new Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince Of Leaves website has gone live today. There's full tour dates, cast bio pages and more. Click below to visit. Stay updated via the production's social networks too: Twitter | Facebook

.The Star: Su Pollard and Cannon & Ball Team Up For Robin Hood Comedy Farce
Thursday 19th June, 2014  
Comedy queen Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord) and comedy duo Cannon and Ball are teaming up for an all-out outrageous side splitting romp.

Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves is the latest laugh-out-loud production from the Ha Ha! team who had us rolling in the aisles with Ha Ha Holmes!, Ha Ha Hitler! and Ha Ha Hamlet!.

Created by Ben Langley, who also takes on the mantle of Robin, Ha Ha Hood! Prince of Leaves gallops into action at the Chelmsford Civic with a 5 night run from 19 – 23 August before taking off on a 61 date national tour from 4 September through 17 November.

Maid Marian, Nottinghamshire’s feistiest female, who has in the past been brought to life by the likes of screen goddesses Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett and Uma Thurman is now portrayed by Su Pollard, who serves up a world-weary Marian who is definitely more matron than maid!

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The Star.
.Ponsonby News: One Minute With Su Pollard
Thursday 19th June, 2014  
Did you pick up a copy of this month’s edition of the Ponsonby News? This month, David Hartnell sat down with our very own Su Pollard for a quick one minute glimpse into the actress’ colourful life.

Su Pollard plays Miss Hannigan in the production of Annie opening in Auckland on 13 June. Su first burst onto our screens in the TV series ‘Hi-de-Hi’ playing Peggy Ollerenshaw, and during her illustruous career has developed some very strong opinions.

Take a peek at David Hartnell’s interview below:


What was your childhood like?
Very safe, loving, well-cared for, fun. We always had holidays and a car.

They say you should never work with children and animals, you’re doing both in the musical ANNIE, what was it like?
Having ‘Sandy’ is like keeping a pet dog without having to look after it. The orphans are fun to be around because they’re always excited.

Tell us something very few people know about you?
I make a fabulous salad dressing.

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.Su Pollard Meets Keeping Up With NZ
Tuesday 17th June, 2014  
Su tells Keeping Up With NZ all about the New Zealand production of Annie.

.Annie 2014: The New Zealand Herald Review
Tuesday 17th June, 2014  
In an age of diminished expectations Annie offers an unabashed celebration of the irrepressible optimism that fuels the American Dream. However unattainable that dream has become, its guiding principle, that getting rich is a good idea, makes perfect sense when voiced by an 11-year-old orphan determined to escape from a life of grinding poverty.

What sets Annie apart is the songs: A succession of great jazz-infused tunes carry us through the contrasting extremes of Depression-era America - from the brass-knuckle hustle of NYC to the cheesy vaudeville of radio-show jingles and the intoxicating extravagance of a billionaire's mansion.

...Enthusiasts of British TV will have their hands full trainspotting cast members who have appeared in various small screen classics. Hi-de-Hi's Su Pollard is a brilliant fit for the brassy broad who runs the orphanage. Her show-stealing performance is gutsy, outrageously theatrical and very human.

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The New Zealand Herald.
.Annie 2014: Auckland Opening Night Photos
Tuesday 17th June, 2014  
Browse an album of photos from Annie - Auckland Opening Night 13 June 2014 - The Civic, at Facebook. (Photos Lunchbox Theatrical Productions)

.Annie 2014: Keeping Up With NZ Review
Tuesday 17th June, 2014  
13 year old Zoe Fifield took over the eyes, ears and hearts of the Civic’s audience as she gave her opening night performance as Annie at the weekend.

...From the adult cast you just can’t beat the bad guys. Orphanage manager and just about functioning alcoholic Miss Hannigan, is joyfully played by Su Pollard. Pollard brings lots of laughs with her slapdash dance moves and inappropriate flirting. Her rendition of ‘little Girls’ was wonderful, and Hi Di Hi fans will see she hasn’t lost any of her comedic timing.

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.Annie 2014: 3News Review
Tuesday 17th June, 2014  
From the moment the lights went up on the New York Municipal Orphanage, flame-haired Annie had us wrapped around her little finger.

...Around her gathers a stable of seasoned performers from the UK. Su Pollard is a highlight as the tyrannical, inebriated Miss Hannigan. She's hilariously terrifying and her expert comic timing ensures even the most familiar fans are kept surprised and delighted.

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.Annie 2014: If Only They'd Told Me Review
Tuesday 17th June, 2014  
As soon as I heard that Annie was coming to town I knew I wanted to go! The question then became, who to take with me and would it live up to my childhood expectations?

...Su Pollard as Miss Hannigan gyrated inappropriately with her mascara-streaked face and managed perfectly to have the mysterious effect of being both off-putting and endearing.

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If Only They'd Told Me.
.Su & The Annie Cast Visit Parliament
Tuesday 17th June, 2014  
Paul Foster-Bell MP, hosting Su and the cast of Annie at Parliament, in Wellington City, New Zealand earlier this month. (Photo Paul Foster-Bell)

.The New Zealand Herald: Michele Hewitson Interview: Su Pollard
Sunday 15th June, 2014  
A splendid new interview with Su, published yesterday, by The New Zealand Herald.

Wild and wacky actress is recognised wherever she goes as Peggy the maid from Hi-de-Hi

Oh, go on, you know what you really want to know about the English comic actress, Su Pollard, is what she was wearing. I know I did. My favourite Su Pollard headline (from the Daily Mail, of course) is this: Shy and retiring as ever - Su Pollard continues to wear wacky outfits as she approaches 60.

She is now 64 and, on Wednesday, she was wearing: teeny, tiny, floaty blue shorts with white polka dots; a sequinned top; black patent leather Doc Martens brogues; "over-the-knee sparkly socks for Christmas"; at least 20 bracelets; at least four necklaces including one which involved fake pearls the size of gobstoppers encased in a sort of ruff made of black mesh - which gave her the peculiar appearance of being strangled by a boa constrictor that had dressed up for a cocktail party.

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The New Zealand Herald.
.Annie 2014: Stuff/Entertainment Review
Sunday 15th June, 2014  
As expected with a big-budget international production it has all the bells and whistles - sets dotted with colourful vintage furniture, the art well-executed and fashionably-retro costumes worn by slick New York City dwellers.

Miss Hannigan, the boozy and evil orphanage owner, is played excellently by Su Pollard (Hi-de-hi) and the crowd laps up her whisky-swindling performance, absorbing all her jealous swagger. Her brother, Rooster, (MiG Ayesa) is perfectly-cast, dominating the stage with his bad-boy presence.

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.Su Newsy Bits & Pieces!
Tuesday 10th June, 2014  
The New Zealand Herald: Theatre Preview: Annie, The Civic: A UK-NZ production of the Broadway classic comes to the Civic this week... Su Pollard, the much loved star of the TV comedy Hi-de-hi, says it's her job to create a "baddie" the audience loves to hate. "It's not difficult at all for me to be horrid to the girls when I am in character," she says, but "I do reassure them later that it's only acting." - Continue reading...

Sunderland Echo: EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas to star in Sunderland Empire panto: FROM EastEnders to High Street West – actor Matt Lapinskas will take centre stage at this year’s pantomime. It’s been announced today that the former EastEnders actor and Dancing on Ice runner-up will play the Prince in Snow White at the Sunderland Empire. He’ll join Su Pollard, as the Wicked Queen, and Balamory’s PC Plum, actor Andrew Agnew, as Muddles the Jester, in the family favourite for its three-week run (Thanks to Mark Whitney) -
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British Theatre Guide: Panto News: In Sunderland, Su Pollard is set to wear the crown of the Wicked Queen in the Empire's Snow White -
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Express: Whatever happened to… Hi-de-Hi!'s Ruth Madoc? Hi-de-Hi!'s Ruth Madoc on her life, career and her artistic family: A namecheck for Su in this lovely interview with Ruth -
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The New Zealand Herald: Annie comes to the Civic: Claire McCall talks to an Auckland teen about her starring role as orphan Annie -
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Su on TV: Little Robots - Continues to air daily on CBeebies at 8.25am.
.Annie 2014: Last Few Days In Wellington
Friday 6th June, 2014  
Leaping Lizards! Annie the Musical must close at the St James Theatre in Wellington on June 8 (Thanks to Lunchbox Productions for the photo)

.Annie 2014: The New Zealand Herald Review
Sunday 1st June, 2014  
A great article at The New Zealand Herald, which includes a collection of rave review comments from various publications:

Everyone’s favourite little red-headed orphan has arrived in New Zealand. The acclaimed UK production of Annie – one of the best-loved musicals of all time - has opened at the St James Theatre to rave reviews.

"What a show - slick, boisterous, classy, with excellent performances from the whole cast! I thought I was "on Broadway"." Radio New Zealand National

"I thought the show was gloriously good fun. Thoroughly entertaining for young and old! And gosh doesn't Sue have fab pins? Impressive stuff!" The Hits

"Fabulous family entertainment and a terrific showcase of the next generation of kiwi talent." fairfax media

"What an amazing production – the set, the singing, the lighting, the stars (Su Pollard shines), Annie and our great kiwi orphan kids, and of course the mesmerising performance of Sandie the dog – WOW." NewstalkZB

"A full-on production with scenery, costumes and effects that one doesn't expect to see in a touring show" Dominion Post

"The set, costumes, singing, dancing and acting were fantastic! What an amazing cast!" Radio LIve

"I was blown away. The talent was outstanding and the costumes were amazing. There was a level of professionalism that younger members of the cast brought to the stage. Amelia Walshe was an excellent Annie, playing her part with confidence." Wainuiomata News

"It is a performance that oozes enjoyment, fun and general positivity. This is a cast who clearly love the heck outta their work. It's the best method of escapism since the invention of magazines and island holidays. I feel ten years old again and possess the same amount of optimism." Theatreview

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The New Zealand Herald.
.Annie 2014: The Positively Wellington Venues Review
Sunday 1st June, 2014  
The sun has come out not tomorrow but today (24 May) as the West End production of Annie opens in Wellington. It is a brilliant show with a brilliant new approach to the timeless musical.

The fantastic Su Pollard (Miss Hannigan) would make everyone laugh by just simply walking onto the stage! Along with David McAlister (Mr Warbucks), Sue Hodge (Mrs Greer), Fraser Hines (Roosevelt), MiG Ayesa (Rooster) and John D Collins (Drake) the cast is amazing - so much talent! The dance ensembles really add a lot of depth to the show and choreography is well polished. The local kids who play the orphans are professional and have worked so hard.

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Positively Wellington Venues.
.Newstalk NZ: Sue Hodge and Frazer Hines: Annie
Sunday 1st June, 2014  
A great new interview with two of the stars of Annie.

Sue Hodge and Frazer Hines, British television stars who're in New Zealand to perform in the production of Annie, catch up with Tim Fookes.

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Newstalk ZB.

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