Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Plays by Phoebe Waller-Bridge


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

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.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a graduate of RADA. Her debut play Fleabag, a one-woman show performed by the author herself, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 before transferring to Soho Theatre. Phoebe Waller-Bridge won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Critics’ Circle and Off-West End Awards for Most Promising Playwright and a Special Commendation from the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Fleabag was also nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

As an actor her theatre credits include Mydidae (Soho Theatre/Trafalgar Studios); Hay Fever (Noël Coward Theatre); Tribes (Royal Court); Rope (Almeida Theatre); 2nd May 1997, Like A Fishbone and 66 Books at the Bush Theatre; Roaring Trade (Soho Theatre) and Crazy Love (Paines Plough). TV includes Henry, Bad Education, London Irish, The Café, The Night Watch and How Not To Live Your Life. Radio includes Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Blood Beast, Burns and the Bankers (BBC Radio 4) and Money (BBC Radio 3). Film includes Albert Nobbs and The Iron Lady.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also the Co-Artistic director of new writing theatre company, DryWrite.