Alison has qualifications in Drama, Dance, Music and Voice, as well as a teaching degree (primary). She has taught Drama privately in both New Zealand and Australia; worked as a Drama and Language Recovery specialist in primary schools; was Entertainment Manager in a convention venue for three years; and has worked extensively in the hospitality industry (including owning her own restaurant).
On stage, she has performed in many main house musicals, comedies and dramas, steering toward more interactive roles while engaged by a corporate entertainment company in New Zealand - where she was also Promotional Director.
One of Ali's proudest achievements is that of founding Interactive Theatre International in 1997, the company behind Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. As originator of that show, Ali works today as Artistic Director and Executive Producer, continuing to drive the shows success internationally. She also heads the companys own growth by developing and producing other shows, and by developing the companys performers, who are currently based in the UK and Australia.
In addition, Ali still plays the role of Sybil. In that role, she has performed around the world, touring Australia, the South Pacific, Hong Kong, the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, UAE, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and Cyprus, and performing seasons at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A personal landmark came in 2012, when she opened the shows ongoing residency in London's West End. In 2014 she is performing at Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House, and at the shows debut in Iceland.
"Alison Pollard-Mansergh is astounding as Sybil; from that grating, nasal laugh to Sybil’s walk and the constant touching of her hair. She has got that distaining stare that would freeze hell perfect."
Edinburgh Spotlight (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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"Alison Pollard-Mansergh strutted authoritatively and equally convincingly through the role of Sybil Faulty, unfaultingly maintaining her character, attending to each diner and shrieking at Basil and Manuel in a way that would have made Prunella Scales proud."
Australian Stage online
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"I suppose I shouldn't judge too harshly a rather humourless fellow diner who got so preoccupied with the whereabouts of her vegetarian option that she interrupted Alison Pollard-Mansergh's Sybil mid scripted flow to complain. The actress gave her a look of withering disbelief before switching on the exaggerated charm like a pure pro: "I'll see what I can do, dear," she purred, heading off for the kitchen. Faultless and priceless."
The Daily Telegraph (UK)
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"Alison Pollard-Mansergh is wonderful as Sybil, nagging Basil and then chatting to the audience and on the phone."
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