News: Su Pollard returns to the stage with tour of Harpy

TV personality Su Pollard (Hi-De-Hi!; You Rang M’Lord?; Celebrity Masterchef, BBC) will reprise her role in a brand new production of the one-woman Edinburgh Fringe hit, Harpy. Previously scheduled to run in 2020, the production makes a welcome return as part of a new countrywide tour.

Written by award-winning playwright Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!; Murder, Margaret and Me; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), the play was originally crafted with Su Pollard in mind. This exciting reinterpretation will be helmed under the direction of Abigail Anderson (Pride and Prejudice, UK and South Korean tour; Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing, Merely Theatre).

A tour-de-force performance from Pollard, Harpy is a heart wrenching exploration of one woman’s struggles with mental health and loneliness, manifesting itself through extreme hoarding. At heart it’s a bittersweet dramatic comedy, which showcases a grittier side to the Su Pollard of the eighties, and also asks us to look beyond our prejudices against those who appear to disrupt the norm.

Su comments, I am beyond excited to be bringing Harpy across the country at last – we’ve waited a long time! It’ll be terrific to be performing for a live audience and connecting with people once again, bringing this beautiful play to new audiences. Entertainment is essential, especially after the year we’ve had, and I can’t wait to get back on the road.

The neighbours call Birdie a harridan and a harpy even though most of them have never even met her. They see her obsessive hoarding as detrimental to the value of their own homes. For Birdie, saving what others regard as junk allows her to make sense of the world around her; her possessions are memories of a time past. Shunned by conventional society, she regards it as her duty to salvage these tiny histories that without her would be entirely forgotten.

Performance Dates

28th – 29th September       King’s Theatre

2nd October                       Hull Truck Theatre

6th October                       The Horsham Capitol

8th October                       Theatre Royal Margate

12th October                     The Hazlitt Theatre

16th October                     Malvern Theatres

18th October                     Gala Theatre

20th October                     Castle Theatre

21st October                     Waterside Theatre

23rd October                     Pavilion Arts Centre

26th October                     Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

28th October                     Middlesbrough Theatre

29th October                     Alnwick Playhouse

30th October                     Brunton Theatre

6th November                   Blackpool Grand Theatre

11th – 12th November      Leicester Curve, Studio

16th November                Taunton Brewhouse

For more information visit https://www.sftw.info/harpy

Photo credit Andrew Searle

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