They’re trying. Despite everything. They’re really trying, to honestly connect, forgive the unforgivable and love fiercely through a hopeless situation. Award-winning writer Charlotte Josephine’s new play Pops follows a father and daughter caught in a vicious cycle of addiction. Charlotte spoke with The Fountain about the new show, and her plans for the Fringe.

TF: You are staging work at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?  

TF: Very.

TF: Pops certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

A father and daughter are stuck in addiction but they’re trying. They’re really trying, despite everything. They almost work together, beautifully, and the almost is intoxicating. It’s about the messiness of humans, how difficult forgiveness is, but despite all that how loud the love can be. 

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?

Like most of my writing it grew from a personal place into something I hope more universal. I’m a bit obsessed with the idea that what’s not said sits in our bodies, rots in our bones maybe, or finds a way to spill out sideways. 

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

Yes I’ve been up before, with Bitch Boxer and Blush. I love it. I’m keen to see the rest of HighTide’s Disruption season. Also, Bryony Shanahan is directing Stef Smith’s new play at the Traverse, and I’ll be seeing Travis Alabanza there too. Burnt Lemon’s new show, Breach, Katy Greenall, the list is getting longer!

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Pops?

Pops will be on at the HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh in September, which is really exciting and perhaps back at Live Theatre – we love Newcastle. 

You can see Pops at Assembly Roxy, from 8th – 25th August at 18:35. For tickets, go to