We are BRITNEY, a sketch duo made up of Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson. We brought our first show, Britney, to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and 2017 VAULT Festival, where it was recommended by The Guardian, London Evening Standard and Time Out. Britney has subsequently been to the Battersea Arts Centre for two sell-out runs, and this April comes to the Soho Theatre!
Ellen and Charly have been writing together since they were approx 14 years old, and this year are working on a scripted television project with Drama Republic. As well as making more live material for a new show, they are also currently creating a new play for teenagers, 'Contact Light', which will head to the Edinburgh Festival in August.
Praise for BRITNEY:
"The pair reminded me of a modern-day French and Saunders", A Younger Theatre
“I have never been so moved by a Fringe performance before. Britney touched me in ways no comedy show has”, ★★★★★ Edin Blogger
"At once comforting as it is side-splittingly funny" ★★★★ EdFringeReview
"Taking a wholly unfunny subject and turning it in to a comedy cannot possibly be an easy task, but that’s exactly what Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson have done with Britney. Not only that, they’ve done it incredibly well... Britney is laugh-out-loud funny and told with love", ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
"Heart-achingly funny", Funny Women
"Hysterical... Britney have mastered a unique style of multi-format storytelling" ★★★★★ Fringe Biscuit
More praise here.
Charly has just played the lead role of Marnie in Channel 4’s “must-see” 6 x 45’ comedy-drama series Pure, giving what Digital Spy describe as a “star-making performance”. She is a Graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Ellen Robertson was recently seen in triple Olivier Award winner Mike Bartlett’s latest play, Snowflake, which received rave reviews. Her first play as writer, 'Nesting', premiered at the Watermill Theatre in 2017. She loves football!
Emily is a director in theatre and opera. Credits include: 'Antony and Cleopatra' (National Theatre), 'Julius Caesar' (Bridge Theatre), 'Young Chekhovs' (Chichester Festival Theatre), and of course 'Britney' and 'Britney: in John' - productions which weirdly don't appear on her CV? Burns?
Alex is currently studying at the NFTS. He runs the monthly charity comedy night Country Mile Comedy Club at the Star of Kings. At University he tour managed the Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show, and the Cambridge American Stage Tour. He's a very nice boy. Look at that smile. He's trustworthy and kind.