Preview: Pop Factor at Maltings

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Pop Factor: The Concert. Electric show pays tribute to all your favourite songs and stars from the charts. Saturday, May 31, The Maltings, Berwick. 6.30pm. £12.50 / £10.50 concs

ny Directioners, Mixers or Beliebers may want to take a trip to The Maltings on Saturday as a pop extravaganza rolls into town.

‘Pop Factor’ is calling into Berwick on the final week of its current UK tour, bringing with it a melting pot of chart hits and a cast brimming with enthusiasm.

The nationwide jaunt is the third time the show has gone onto the road with each tour proving more popular than the last.

In its first year Adrenaline Production’s ‘Pop Factor’ only visited two venues but this time The Maltings is one of 21 theatres in the tour schedule.

It’s increase in popularity is hardly surprising with the show and its performers winning rave reviews in the press and on social media, and a setlist that includes songs from some of the biggest acts on the planet - One Direction, Little Mix and Katy Perry.

Jonathan Mawson, one of Pop Factor’s producers, says rather than hating having to decide which songs to put into the show, he actually finds it a really fun task.

He added: “We refresh the setlist with every tour; we want to keep it as up to date as possible with the latest chart hits.

“Some of the songs in this year’s show include Jessie J’s ‘It’s My Party’, One Direction’s ‘Story of My Life’, Lady GaGa’s ‘Applause’ and ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’ which the audience are loving.

“I love choosing which songs to do as there are so many great ones out there. Some of them are great for big production numbers like Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ while others work well in a medley with other songs, Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ for instance.”

Jonathan said he felt the reason why ‘Pop Factor’ is so well received is the fact it caters for an age group who are intent on having a good time.

“There’s ‘Postman Pat’ and ‘Sooty’ for the toddlers but there wasn’t really a show for the next age up so that’s why we came up with ‘Pop Factor’.

“We give it a real concert feel and everyone is encouraged to get up and dance and believe me by the end of the evening the parents are dancing away just as much as the kids!”

Barring one performer, ‘Pop Factor’ has a brand new cast for 2014 and Jonathan said the show has proved to be a stepping stone for people to move onto bigger and better things.

“We had between 400 and 500 people audition for us this year. To be in the show you have to be all rounder and that’s probably why some of our former cast have found success.

“There’s one girl currently in ‘Thriller Live’, a boy in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ and another in ‘Evita’.

“We know we’re not the West End but we provide a great grounding for graduates. It’s a fantastic first job.”