Fleabag: The Original Play


ISBN: 9781848426245
Author: By Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Publication Date: 6/10/2016
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 48pp.
Availability: Available


‘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. Fleabag premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performed by Phoebe herself, before transferring to Soho Theatre, London, for the first of several successful runs, followed by UK and international tours, a sold-out run in New York and a West End run in 2019.

Fleabag 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, Fleabag was turned into a wildly successful and ‘utterly riveting’ (Guardian) BBC television series, with a second series following in 2019.

This edition features the original play, plus an introduction by the author.

‘A remarkable portrait of a modern woman who shamelessly bares her soul’

‘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’

‘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’

‘Unbelievably rude, jaw-droppingly filthy… extremely funny’
Time Out

Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright

Edinburgh Fringe First Award

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