Fleabag: The Original Play

By Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Fleabag: The Original Play

Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright - 2013

Edinburgh Fringe First Award - 2013

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ISBN: 9781848426245
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 6th October 2016
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh, then Soho Theatre, London, 2013

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‘I sit on the loo and think about all the people I can have sex with now. I’m not obsessed with sex. I just can’t stop thinking about it.’

The Fleabag bites back. A rip-roaring account of some sort of female living her sort of life.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s debut play is an outrageously funny monologue for a female performer. It premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performed by Phoebe herself, before transferring to Soho Theatre, London, for several successful runs, followed by a UK tour.

It won a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh, the Most Promising New Playwright and Best Female Performance at the Off West End Theatre Awards, The Stage Award for Best Solo Performer and the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. It received a Special Commendation in the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. In 2016 it was turned into a wildly successful and ‘utterly riveting’ (Guardian) BBC television series.

This edition also features an introduction by the author.

‘Believe the hype, Waller-Bridge’s raw writing… really is as good as everyone says’

- The Stage

'Sucker-punch funny... I've never seen a play quite like it'

- Scotsman

'frank and sometimes brutally funny... devastatingly good'

- The Times

'blessed with a rare and compelling life force... deliciously dirty and scabrously funny'

- Evening Standard

'very funny... penetrating, pitch-black and nastily brilliant'

- Metro

'Unbelievably rude, jaw-droppingly filthy… extremely funny'

- Time Out

'a sharp-edged gem of a solo show'

- WhatsOnStage

'bitingly funny and genuinely moving... clever and tender and true'

- A Younger Theatre

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is an actor and playwright Her acting credits include 2nd May 1997 (Bush Theatre), Tribes (Royal Court Theatre), Mydidae (Soho Theatre) and the award-winning film The Iron Lady. She is also co-Artistic Director of acclaimed new writing company DryWrite.

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