Su Pollard will be making her Edinburgh Fringe debut starring in Harpy, a play written especially for her by Fringe-first winner Philip Meeks.
In this preview interview, she talks about playing Birdie, a woman ostracised by her neighbours because of her hoarding, embarking on her first fringe and what she wants to see when she isn't performing.
How does it feel to have a play specially commissioned for you?
When I first met the playwright Philip Meeks about three years ago he said he was going to write something for me.
I don’t think either of us thought much more about it until Suzanna Rosenthal suggested it because we knew each other.
I’ve often been asked to go to Edinburgh but I’ve either been busy with other shows or the right play hasn’t been sent my way.
What’s fantastic about this is I’ve been there from the start and Philip’s told me about every stage of his thinking and the writing process. I feel as if I’ve really helped to create the role.
What was it about Birdie that made you want to play her?
Because she’s a woman of my age with a story to tell and believe me when you hit your sixties the great parts become few and far between.
As soon as Philip said her story was about her hoarding the whole concept of hoarding seemed to be everywhere. In the papers, on the telly, I had friends admitting to suffering from it.
I realised it’s a phenomenon that people are fascinated by and it’s a dilemma people are facing increasingly because of the times we’re living in.
So Birdie's story is very real and relevant and touches many people.
Her story also touches on the idea of mental health and how we all probably suffer from it. But what makes society decide who’s mad and who’s not these days when all our values and ideas seem to be getting eroded away on a daily basis.