News: Pops cast win The Stage Edinburgh Awards

Nigel Barrett and Sophie Melville have both won The Stage Edinburgh Award for their performances as a father and daughter caught in a cycle of addiction in Charlotte Josephine’s Pops, directed by Ali Pidsley (Barrel Organ). It comes to Edinburgh as part of HighTide’s Disruption series, in partnership with Assembly Roxy.

Writer Charlie Josephine comments, Sophie and Nigel are absolutely brilliant and I’m so pleased that’s been publicly recognised – thank you, Stage Edinburgh Award. They work with smart brains and raw hearts. They pour every last bit of love into the show every single time they perform. I’m very grateful for their hard graft and love them both lots.

The Stage Edinburgh Awards are presented throughout the festival. They are not defined by category but recognise an outstanding performance at the Fringe. In his review for The Stage, Fergus Morgan wrote, It’s a poleaxing, two-handed depiction of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship, driven by a taut emotional logic and featuring two brilliant, bruising performances from Sophie Melville and Nigel Barrett.

They’re trying. Despite everything. They’re really trying. They almost work together, beautifully, and the almost is intoxicating. Asking challenging questions about mental health, Pops looks at what is inherited and who is responsible, particularly in this harsh political climate. There are stubborn stigmas around mental health, particularly for the working class, and Pops seeks to tell a story that rids people of self-inflicted shame.

Pops is a Jake Orr Productions, HighTide and Live Theatre co-production, and was awarded a Live Theatre development bursary, and performed in Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival of new work in 2019.

Also part of the Disruption programme are Kenny Emson’s Rust, Collapsible by Margaret Perry, and a double bill of shows presented with The Queer House from writers Teddy Lamb and Mika Johnson, as Kevin P. Gilday’s Suffering From Scottishness completes the curated programme.

The shows by Kenny Emson, Margaret Perry, Charlotte Josephine, Teddy Lamb and Mika Johnson will headline HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh 2019 (10th – 15th September). Pops will play on 14th and 15th September.

Pops is running as part of HighTide’s Disruption series co-curated by Assembly, transferring to HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh on 14 and 15 September 2019.

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