Trying to get a word in
when talking to Su Pollard is like tryingto stop
an avalanche with a smallplastic fork.
woman produces more words per
second than the rest of the world combined and
you feel sure that
somewhere is a cable plugging her intothe
it is an energy she certainly needsfor her
current role as Ruth in Pirates Of Penzance,
which plays at Hanley's Regent Theatre next week,
with Gary Wilmot as her co star.
a fabulous part in a fabulous show", she
says. "I get a great cossie - big boots, big
belt. The director said to me, 'are you sure it's
not going home with you?'. I love it to bits.
Look out for me wearing it."
thing's for sure, this is not your traditional
representation of Gilbert and Sullivan.
show's all tongue-in-cheek. Much more sexy than
D'Oyly Carte. They're all gagging for it. The
girls, the pirates, me. It's such a laugh. Real
rollicking entertainment. But the music is as
Sullivan wrote it. We're all good
sounds the perfect manic role for Su who made her
name as the ever-eager
but forever-disappointed Peggy in Hi De Hi, but
whose first TV experience was as a runner up to a
singing dog on Opportunity Knocks.
Su's still rabbiting about The Pirates Of
should see Gary Wilmot. He's got these great
leather trousers. It's down to them that he's got
his own fanclub. And they're not all nubile young
girls. There's mums and matrons and grannies. And
lots of kids. The kids love the show. It's like
has lost a stone during the run of Pirates Of
Penzance - quite handy since she recently made a
video called 'Sensible Slimming'.
so energetic", she says "But I just
love it. And I love touring. I get to stay in
nice hotels and I have a really good time. I like
to talk to the other guests."
can well believe it.