To Earth Su Not Put Off By Bard's Verse
a household name thanks to cult BBC comedy, Hi De
Hi, is back keeping campers happy this week in a
new production of Romeo and Juliet at New
Wimbledon Theatre, writes Nancy Groves.
the part of Juliet's nurse is Pollard's first
Shakespearean role. While Pollard has been
offered several bites at the Bard over the years,
she never wanted to end up doing Shakespeare for
the sake of it.
rereading the play she realised the nurse was not
a million miles away from Peggy Ollerenshaw, the
role that made her famous, with some Sybil Fawlty
thrown in for good measure.
is like a seaside landlady in my view she does
things for the right reasons but it still manages
to turn on its head," says Pollard of the
put-upon nurse, who provides some much-needed
light relief in the essentially tragic play.
director Bill Brydon's view is that until Tybalt
gets murdered the play is quite a romantic
course, as the Capulets and Montagues begin to
self-destruct, the love story quickly turns in on
itself and Pollard is surprised by how much it
affects her, despite the complex language.
try to keep the detail as finely tuned as
possible but it's very well thought out,"
you've got any semblance of the wordsmith about
you, you can make something of it. It's the same
ordinary chat that we have now and you shouldn't
be daunted by it."