TV icon Su Pollard is known
throughout the land for her much-loved turns in a
range of hit BBC sitcoms, among them Hi-De-Hi and
Oh,Doctor Beeching! Such was her iconic status,
she won Rear of the Year in 1988.
she is back on the London stage.
achieving phenomenal success in both America and
Australia, Menopause the Musical is making its
debut on these shores.
is one of the stars of the show and
PinkNews.co.uk's Amy Bourke was granted an
interview with the great lady.
would you describe Menopause the Musical?
character in the show is a stereotype. There is
an earth mother hippie type, a housewife.
the housewife, so I'm dressed up in a very dowdy
costume. They are all stereotypes, but they have
one thing in common: the menopause. Every woman
can recognise herself in those stereotypes.
show is a very difficult one to perform. It's
all-dancing, all-singing with moving
actor or actress only gets three minutes each off
stage during the entire performance, so it's a
bit manic. But tons of fun!
show has been a massive hit in America. Do you
think it translates well?
In many ways it is a very American show, but
audiences here seem to love it, it can be very
songs are all parodies of songs by bands like the
Beach Boys. They are American songs, but also
classic songs that everybody knows.
last play you did was Shakespeare. What inspired
you to move on to something so different?
played the part of Nanny in Romeo and Juliet,
which was a venture for me. I thought
"Blimey, at last I'm doing
Shakespeare!" It was fantastic.
you show me a good script with interesting
content, I'll give it a go, whether it's
Shakespeare or the Vagina Monologues.
love Menopause the Musical because we sing songs
about St John's Wort and Prozac, hot flushes and
lack of sleep; real things that affect real
is far more upbeat than the Vagina Monologues.
There is no stigma attached to the menopause in
should our readers come and see it?
you're a woman who is fed up, crying, thinking
you can't recognise yourself, then you should
come to our show!
will make you see the menopause in a totally
different light. We have a lot of lesbians in our
audiences because of course they have two women
going through the "change" in one
house, which can be very difficult.
show is hilarious and as camp as Chloe, darling.
Gay men should come because it will give them
some insight into what their mothers are going
through. It's just a funny show, and everyone
loves a funny show!