National treasure Su Pollard is to return to the stage with a tour of one-woman show Harpy.
The Edinburgh Fringe hit will head out on the road between 28 September and 16 November after originally being postponed from 2020.
TV personality and national treasure Su Pollard (Hi-De-Hi!; You Rang M’Lord?; Celebrity Masterchef, BBC) will reprise her role in the play, which was written by award-winning playwright Philip Meeks (Kiss Me Honey, Honey!; Murder, Margaret and Me; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) with Su in mind.
The new tour 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) with design by Alex Marker, lighting by James Whiteside and sound by Simon Slater. The tour is produced by Suzanna Rosenthal for Something for the Weekend.
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.
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.
Su said: “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.”
For tour dates and tickets visit www.sftw.info/harpy
Picture: Su Pollard, Harpy UK Tour (credit Andrew Searle).