This past Friday I had the chance to see “Britney” by Charly Clive and Ellen Robertsson. This moving play tells the story of two friends and their life after one of them is diagnosed with a brain tumour. The play is based on true events. It is a fantastic piece, if you are at the Edinburgh Fringe you should go see it.
BRITNEY: when good brains go bad. This is the very true and very funny story of two best friends coming to terms with one being diagnosed with a brain tumour. As told by a host of unlikely and occasionally fictional characters, the show is a comedy cum sketch show cum cabaret cum play cum one cum all cum to the show. Hopefully it’s a reminder that sometimes laughter is the best medicine. (Ultimately the best medicine is the operation and please, if you have a brain tumour, seek urgent medical attention).
Below are some photos from the play, and our photoshoot afterwards.
“What you are about to see is a true story.”
“Mostly. As true as we can make it.”
“There is no such thing as left-brain or right-brain personality type. We are not left or right-brained, we are whole-brained.”
“Britney seemed imaginary. Like being scared of a monster under the bed. That’s why it was so easy for us to think of her as a character in this show. She seemed made up.”
There is a great interview with Charly and Ellen posted on www.netdoctor.co.uk, which gives some background information about the real life events that lead up to this play. Update: They also did a run in Cambridge January 2017 (Varsity preview).
You can find more photos from other shows at the Edinburgh Fringe here.
Performer – Ellen Robertson, Charly Clive
Director – Emily Burns
Producer – Alex Cartlidge
Edinburgh Photographer – Johannes Hjorth