TALK about being sensational in your 60s!
Actress Su Pollard will be appearing at The Grand Theatre here in Blackpool in just over a week for her last stint in Annie.
The 2011 tour will be Su’s final outings as the dastardly Miss Hannigan – a role she has truly made her own over the last decade.
And the 62-year-old – best known for her portrayal of colourful chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in the hit TV series Hi De Hi! – is really looking forward to coming back to the resort, where she has many happy memories.
Su, who celebrated her 62nd birthday earlier this week, said: “I absolutely love Blackpool.
“It holds a great place in my heart.
I have great memories from performing in Blackpool over the years and many fab nights out.
“When we started Hi De Hi! The Holiday Musical, we played in Bournemouth and then in Blackpool and it was fantastic.
“I remember opening the original Funny Girls for Basil Newby, more than 20 years ago.
“I co-starred with Les Dennis and Roy Walker on North Pier for Blackpool’s Biggest Show in 1995. We stayed at the Hilton, I think it was called the Pembroke back then.
“I used to have a drink at lunch-time and they held discos – I loved it. It was like Las Vegas.
“And I think The Grand Theatre is just fabulous. I can’t wait to perform there again.”
Su says Annie, in which she first toured in 2009, has “something for everyone” and she is convinced her character – the child-hating alcoholic matron of the orphanage is not all-bad.
She will appear in Blackpool from November 22 until 26.
She said: “I am a bit sad it’s coming to an end, it’s like the end of an era.
“The production has been wonderful and it really has been like being part of a family.
“Although Mrs Hannigan gets nasty, I think it’s because she has been frustrated for many years.
“She’s not all bad – I think she drinks because she has always wanted a better quality of life.
“I think people will enjoy coming to see the show. Especially in this economic climate, it’s good for people to have the theatre, to get away from everything.
“I think people can relate to the story of Annie and to the characters.”
Su has always been interested in being an entertainer and working in showbiz.
At the age of 16 she began singing in charity shows and working men’s clubs and pubs while working as a secretary and her TV debut came when she performed I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No from Oklahoma on the talent show Opportunity Knocks, in 1974.
She said: “At infant school in the nativity, I was standing on a box, to announce the arrival of the Angel Gabriel, when I fell through the lid.
“Everyone just roared with laughter and I just loved it. I realised that was what I wanted to do.”
Over the years, she has starred in many pantos including Goldilocks, Babes in the Wood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington, she has graced the small screen on TV shows such as Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Loose Women, Oh Dr Beeching!, This is Your Life and This Morning.
Her on-stage appearances have included five Royal Variety shows, Romeo and Juliet, The Vagina Monologues, Shout! The new Swinging 60s Musical and Little Shop of Horrors.
She said: “Music is my first love, as the song goes.
“I knew even at infant school I was interested in singing, in music, in doing shows.
“And then I got my break in Hi De Hi! I’ve been lucky a lot of the things I have done have combined acting and singing.
“I am working on a few different things now and hoping to start my next project soon.
“If I can keep going, I will keep going – for as long as I can.”
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