TOMORROW IS ALWAYS ANOTHER SONG FOR
HI-DE-HI! STAR SU.
star of Annie, the irrepressible Su Pollard,
admits that she wasn't immediately stricken with
a screaming desire to play the part of Miss
Hannigan in the hit show.
was the idea of hearing the main song, Tomorrow,
every night of the week, that terrified me,"
she said, with a throaty laugh.
thought it would drive me mental. But when you
hear all the songs in context, you appreciate the
quality, and you realise all the lyrics are
show itself is a real winner, it's extremely
polished, it moves along very quickly and the
dialogue is tight.
fail, every single person comes out and
why I've toured with the show three times now.
I'm really having a wonderful time in this
added, with a mischievous grin: "And even if
I'm having a bit of a bad day I can scream at the
kids and people think I'm acting."
against a Manhattan skyline in the era of the
Great Depression, Annie The Musical follows the
rags to riches story of an 11-year-old orphan
without a friend in the world, except her
faithful dog, Sandy.
only hope is to escape the orphanage where the
tyrannical Miss Hannigan makes life a misery, and
with the arrival of Daddy Warbucks her dreams
finally can come true.
songs include Tomorrow, A Hard Knock Life and
You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.
you don't think of Su as being able to
metamorphose into drunken spinster Miss Agatha
actor who was catapulted to fame by classic
comedy series Hi-De-Hi! is associated with warm,
sympathetic characters - life's underdogs who are
in need of a kind owner to feed them, pat them on
the head and take them on long walks.
not surprisingly, Su has grafted a little of her
practiced vulnerability on to her Annie
the way I look at it, she has no bloke in her
life, all she has is the whisky bottle and the
radio to keep her company.
you try and work up a little sympathy for
no doubt that Su's Miss Hannigan will prove to
offer value for money given her four decades of
success in the business.
think the reason for my longevity is because I
think I'm only as good as the last performance.
I'm always looking for new ways to improve, to
bring new bits of business to a performance.
so doing, you create consistency. And if you are
happy with your own performance then other people
will enjoy it."
appreciates that the success of Hi-De Hi! was a
her attitude to typecasting and being recognised
perpetually as the hapless Peggy is to live with
always with you, there's always an element of
that. But you have to take the positives and move
at the fantastic work Michael Crawford has done
on stage but he is still Frank Spencer.
you do is embrace it. At least you are leaving a
legacy of good work behind you."
admits the classic comedy has been very good to
been very fortunate and over the years I've been
able to put a bit away. I like lunching, taking
mates out, that sort of thing. That's how I spend
my money. But I have a couple of good advisors
and I'm not consumed by money.
fact, the first thing I bought when I got a bit
of cash from the series was to buy swish curtains
with the little handle at the side to draw them
was up half the night opening and closing the
curtains. I was so excited."
stint in Glasgow will offer the chance to meet up
with friend Dorothy Paul. In fact, Su toured
England recently with the Glasgow performer's
stage play, The Happy Medium.
was marvellous. But I told Dorothy I'd never had
to learn so many lines in my life."
of the demands of constant performance, Su
recoils at the idea she could have ever
contemplated a normal career.
Oh no, never!" she exclaimed.
a word I only ever want to hear appropriated to
me when I hear my blood test results."