Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s debut play is a comic monologue for a female performer about the impact of female objectification on one young woman.
Fleabag is a rip-roaring account of some sort of female living her sort of life. Her best friend, Boo, has been tragically killed in a road accident leaving behind their guinea pig-themed café, which is in dire economic straits. She might be willing to prostitute herself to save the café, if society didn’t deem this highly immoral. To add insult to injury, her boyfriend Harry has left her, and her conviction that he’ll be back within a fortnight is slowly waning. She could ask her sister for the money, but they’re not all that close, in part due to the demands of her family life. On the surface Fleabag may seem over-sexed, emotionally underdeveloped and narcissistic, but slowly her vulnerability emerges and some uncomfortable home truths are revealed.
Fleabag was first performed at Underbelly as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 and produced by DryWrite, the theatre company that Waller-Bridge co-founded. It was a word-of-mouth hit garnering strong reviews and winning a Fringe First Award. It subsequently transferred to Soho Theatre in London where it enjoyed a sell-out run. Phoebe Waller-Bridge was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and won the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright.