One-woman play looking at the life of Britney Spears comes to Cambridge
Melding together the real-world events of Britney Spears’ turbulent life with the voice of a millennial superfan, Saving Britney is coming to Cambridge’s Town and Gown this week (January 20-22).
The show, performed and co-devised by Shereen Roushbaiani – and written, directed and designed by David Shopland – has been nominated for two Offie Awards, and recently was one of six to be nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Production.
Shereen Roushbaiani performs as Jean, a typical millennial who grew up alongside the rise and fall of Britney Spears. Made for devotees of pop music who came of age in the 90s and early 00s, this nostalgic show is a gentle look at sexuality, celebrity worship and growing up.
Britney Spears was a star of national television at age seven. By 16, she was an international pop star known for dancing in her school uniform and looking every inch the All-American pop princess. But then something went wrong. At 25 years old, Britney was in a mental institution and images of a golden-haired superstar had been replaced in the popular imagination with a sad, shaven-haired Britney.
David Shopland said: “We're very excited to be taking Saving Britney out on the road and introducing the show to parts of the country that have yet to experience this five-star, multi award-nominated production.
“We hope people around the UK enjoy the 90s nostalgia, humour and social commentary as much as audiences in London and the South West have so far."
Saving Britney runs for 70 minutes and is suitable for ages 12+. The play is the work of Fake Escape, a south west-based theatre company run by David Shopland, Matthew Grace and Lewis Oatley and established in 2013. For more information, visit fakeescape.co.uk/. For more on Town and Gown, go to townandgown.co.uk.