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Moody Comedy: The Edinburgh Interviews 2017: Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson (Britney in: John)

Q: What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?

A: Some decorum? A shred of decency? We’re gonna gain weight, babe. Greggs for breakfast, Greggs for brunch, Greggs for a snack and Greggs for lunch.  

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Broadway World: "EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Britney in 'John'"

Q: Who would you recommend comes to see you?

A: Philip May.

The Vile Blog: "Dramaturgy in John: Britney @ Edfringe 2017"

Q: Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas?

A: Yes, although during the actual performance it’s easier for us if public discussion is at least dulled to a soft whisper- it’s harder to perform to a debating audience.

Culture By Night: "Festival 47 Spotlight: Britney in: John"

Q: Describe your show in three words.

A: Spoiler: Ellen dies.

Varsity: "BRITNEY in John: Friendship at the core of comedy."

Ada Gunther talks to Ellen Robertson and Charly Clive of BRITNEY success about their upcoming show BRITNEY in John which is “so hot out the oven it’ll burn ya”

 

British Comedy Guide: "Britney: Turning a brain tumour into comedy."

In an odd twist of fate, Britney the Brain Tumour (named after Britney Spears in the breakdown years) gave us the kick-start we needed to actually put on a show. We were forced to stop worrying about whether we were any good at comedy and just do it, because sometimes you don't have any choice but to try and make your best mate laugh and find something big and scary and deliberate to look forward to. And I mean, if you can't laugh about a brain tumour, The Times is right and political correctness really has gone too far.

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The New Current: "VAULT Festival Interview 2017."

Q: What do you hope people will take away from the show?

A: The chairs. That'll teach the venue to not nail them down!

Varsity: "The best medicine: How two friends turned a brain tumour diagnosis into comedy"

How do you react when your best friend is diagnosed with a brain tumour? It’s a position few of us can imagine finding ourselves in, let alone having to deal with. Yet in Britney, hitting Cambridge’s ADC fresh from the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning playwright Charly Clive and ex-Footlight Ellen Robertson show us how a rock solid friendship allowed them to turn a tumour into humour.

Net Doctor: "How comedy helped us tackle a tumour. Two best friends on how humour helped with a life-changing diagnosis."

The idea of turning the whole situation into something the two could eventually laugh about set the ball rolling for what has now become a five-star sell-out show at The Fringe. Not only did they name the tumour after a world-famous pop princess (because of that saying: 'if Britney Spears can get through 2007, you can get through anything'), but both girls began to use each hospital visit, appointment and blood test as an opportunity to form some of the funniest scenes in the play – many of which work because they are so utterly relatable.

British Comedy Guide: "Britney: 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions."

Q. Give us a quick overview of your comedy career so far. Are you happy with where you're at?

A. This is our debut show at the Fringe so we're pretty fresh of the comedy boat. Ellen was a Cambridge Footlight for 3 years and Charly has training at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade. We've been writing separately for a while, this is our first show together since we were 18. We're very happy with where we are at, geographically, because Edinburgh is lovely and we're happy in the bigger sense because too. Thanks for asking.

An English Girl in New York: "Through the eyes of Charly Clive in New York."

It would be very easy to write something melodramatic and indulgent about it all and how we bravely faced it but we’re English, so we made a few dark jokes about it that were definitely ‘too soon’ and decided the best way forward was laughing so we wrote a show called Britney, a story with a lot of heart…and a brain tumor.