- Colin Fraser
THREE AND A HALF STARS Fleabag is nursing a tragedy, a failing relationship and and a failing cafe. Sex helps.
If you want to be so zeitgeisty it hurts, drop the name Phoebe Waller-Bridge into any conversation and watch the reaction. Her sensational one-woman stage show Fleabag spawned two Emmy award-winning TV series and is now brought to cinemas care of the National Theatre. She is 2019’s IT girl and after watching this production, you’ll know exactly why.
If you’ve seen anything of the series, you’ll know what to expect as Bridge relates her character’s messed up life in glorious, graphic detail. It’s part raconteur, part therapy with extra-heavy doses of black humour to brighten Fleabag’s pain. She’s nursing tragedy and struggling to keep her guinea-pig themed cafe afloat. Sex helps, but then there’s the relationship with her sister, and her father, and his girlfriend and her own part time boyfriend, and London, and guinea pigs and, well, everything. The appeal lies in her stunningly unfiltered (some would say filthy) revelations about, well, everything (and what you don’t learn about her busy sex-life in the first ten minutes you don’t need to know).
That Waller-Bridge can maintain your attention throughout the show (she’s joined on stage by a stool and nothing else) is testament to her extraordinary skill as both performer and a writer. FLEABAG played to sell-out audiences in London and New York, and here’s your chance to see what the fuss was about, plus get some more material for those zeitgeist conversations. It’s car-crash comedy from the top shelf, it’s often shocking and it’s genuinely hilarious. FLEABAG is a must-see for fans and newcomers alike.