Su Pollard's ready to say Hi-de-hi! to Wirral again

Su Pollard, Cannon & Ball and fellow cast members in promotional picture for Ha Ha Hood!

Su Pollard, Cannon & Ball and fellow cast members in promotional picture for Ha Ha Hood!

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SU Pollard returns to Wirral later this year in a show that takes a humorous look at the legendary tales of Robin Hood.

The 64-year-old actress and singer - better known to millions as chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in hit BBC comedy Hi-De-Hi! – plays Maid Marion in Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince Of Leaves, which will be staged at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Thursday, September 11.

Written by Ben Langley, the show is set ten years after Robin and Marian's messy divorce. They are forced back together to fight the Sheriff once more. They are joined by Little John and Friar Tuck, now considerably older and rougher around the edges, in their battle to save the citizens of Nottingham.

Nottingham-born Su has been in showbusiness for 41 years. Her last appearance in Wirral was as Miss Hannigan in a touring production of Annie at the Floral Pavilion in 2010.

Looking forward to coming back, she told the Globe today: "I absolutely loved New Brighton when I was last here.

"It has the most beautiful promenade and I was very pleasantly surprised by the architecture. We also stayed at a great hotel on the seafront too.

"Ha Ha Hood! is a great show, a bit like a review. There’s a mixture of stand-up, review and sketches, all done in panto style. There’s also a lot of audience participation. Really good fun.

"There are also puppets, which is a new skill for me because I’ve never worked with puppets before."

Also in the show is comic duo Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. Tommy plays the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and Bobby doubles up as Friar Tuck and Guy of Gisborne.

Looking ahead to the show, Bobby Ball said: "When our manager first called I thought he’d been in the pub as it sounded like nothing we had ever done before. He began to explain to us the concept behind the production and we became interested straight away because it sounded like a lot of fun.

'But I’m not playing Maid Marian,' I shouted to uncontrolled laughter from Tommy!     

Tommy added: "We received a call from Phil Dale our Manager. After a few calls and me and Bobby talking it all through, we decided that it was something completely new for us and it sounded like a lot of fun. As such we are really looking forward to it."

On their casting in the show, Su said: "I haven’t worked with Tommy or Bobby for about 20 years, but our paths have crossed socially. It's going to be great to share the stage with them again."

It was the role of Peggy in Hi De Hi! which made Su a household name and the title of the series became a catchphrase.

Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft the show, set in a holiday camp, ran until 1988 and regularly attracted audiences of over 15 million.

Su and the cast also appeared in the stage production of Hi De Hi! - The Holiday Musical, which played sell out seasons in Bournemouth and Blackpool The Opera House in the early 1980s.

In response to requests to hear her sing live, in 1987 Su toured the UK in The Su Pollard Show and subsequently her one-woman-show A Song, A Frock and A Tinkle earned rave reviews on a national tour.

Su's book Hearts and Showers became a best seller both in hardback and paperback.

Looking back on her career, Su said: "I feel very fortunate to have been able to do a job I really enjoy. That’s not something a lot of people can say.

"I would say it's much harder to get into the business now, than when I was starting out.

"There was no plan-B, it was always my dream to follow a showbiz path. I gave so much effort in In fact, I worked so hard in amateur theatre, that I like an unpaid professional.

"I'd do most of it all again, definitely. I owe all of my success to Hi-De-Hi, because it's what started everything off for me and so has got a real place in my heart.

"David Croft and Jimmy Perry knew exactly what they wanted when they created the series and it was great to have been a part of it."

Tickets for Ha Ha Hood are from the Floral Pavilion box office on 0151 666 0000.

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