Interview: Quick-fire questions with Su Pollard!
As panto fever starts to build I was lucky enough to grab 5 minutes with national treasure, comedienne, actress and TV presenter Su Pollard – soon to be starring as the Wicked Queen in the Assembly Hall Theatre (Tunbridge Wells) production of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. Fun, zany and very, very likeable – she did not disappoint. Come, join me and say Hi-de-Hi (sorrrrry…)
Goodie or Baddie?
Oh the Baddie – every time! I’ve always said playing the baddy is the best. You can answer back to the audience – lots of booing and banter.
Silly or scary?
Oh, both definitely! In panto we want to scare the kiddies as much as is humanely possible! Also it’s tempered with all the jokes, fun, dancing and happy songs.
Panto is like…(please finish the sentence)
‘Er… a box of chocolates! There’s something for everyone. Something with a soft centre or a hard kernel when the Wicked Queen comes on! In this version of Snow White the Queen has fun trying to seduce the Prince and pulls all the stops out… See, something for everyone!
Snow White or Cinderella?
Snow White of course! I love the Snow White story… there’s lots going on – no padding is needed in terms of the plot. Then there’s the sadness of thinking she’s dead, with all eyes on that casket…
Night owl or morning lark?
During panto season I’m definitely a Night Owl. It’s always late to bed. You need to pace yourself and rely on stamina. I also keep in shape with my own workouts, yoga and the plank.
Off the peg or hand-made?
Oh, hand-made darling! I design outfits and get them put together by people I know. I’m currently dreaming one up with a cropped jacket and high turned up collar, long sleeves, shorts and a trailing skirt attached! Oh, and accessories. I love accessories.
I’m A Celebrity or Downton Abbey?
Neither. I like Pointless. I don’t want to be sent to bed nicely on a Sunday.
Heels or flats?
Flats. More comfortable – not restricted.
Eat in or out?
Meal in with friends.
Fish and Chips or Sushi to go?
Both (maybe not at same time)
Panto or Highbrow?
Well, panto most times… But I did enjoy being the nurse in Romeo and Juliet.
Half lager or champagne cocktail?
Half a lager.
Aiden Turner or James Corden?
Neither! Paul Martin, Flog it! Love his signiture scarf. He’s rather dappa.
What’s your Muddy Mantra?
Live in the now. you can’t even live until next Sunday dear, can you? This realisation comes with a bit of life experience. You don’t know what’s round the corner… So you just have to live in the moment and make the most of it!
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs tickets on sale now. Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613, assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk