Phoebe Waller-Bridge created a critical darling of a TV show fleabag based on her single woman show of the same name. Waller-Bridge also played the lead role in the BBC / Amazon series, a character that goes by Fleabag. After the very popular second season, (partly thanks to the hot priest), Waller-Bridge took a tour of the original theatrical production of fleabag.
Unfortunately, Waller-Bridge has previously announced that there will be no third season off fleabag. But smuggling in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, where many of us are stuck in our homes, Waller-Bridge generously offers us some fresh fleabag content. The original fleabag play comes to Amazon streaming services ̵
‘Fleabag’ – the theater version – comes to Amazon streaming services
CNN reported this week that Amazon will start streaming fleabag, the show featuring a woman starring Waller-Bridge on April 10, 2020.
“It will be available in the Amazon for two weeks for UK and US residents,” the publication continued.
Waller-Bridge wrote in a press release: “I hope it filmed the performance of fleabag can help raise money while providing some theater entertainment during these isolated times. “
The proceeds from the show with a woman go to charity
CNN also reported that the reason for Waller-Bridges decision to release the filmed stage production has to do with the coronavirus pandemic. The move is “part of a fundraising effort for several charities that provide Covid-19 relief,” they wrote. Waller-Bridges statement on the issue reads:
Thank you to all our partners and to the creative team who have waived their royalties from this production to raise money for such important causes in this incredibly challenging situation. All of the money raised will support people throughout our community who are fighting for us in the front lines and the financially devastated by the crisis, including those in the theater community.
CNN continued how specifically Waller-Bridge and Amazon use the live stage show fleabag to support artists.
“Some of the money raised will also go to the Fleabag Support Fund, a newly established charity arm that contributes to freelance theater workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” they reported.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the show with a woman who was “Fleabag” before becoming an Emmy-winning TV series
Last year, Waller-Bridge answered questions in The Guardian from various industry people; actors, writers, etc. The article provides wonderful insight into Waller-Bridge as an artist and creator – as well as behind the scenes information on fleabag show.
For example, author Nina Stibbe asked this question: “Fleabag started as a one-woman show. How easy was it to build the characters around her and keep her complexity? “
“It was hard!” Waller-Bridge replied. “So much of Fleabag’s power in the play was her descriptive weapon.” Waller-Bridge expanded on this idea:
She could summarize someone and decimate them in an instant, and that would be the only perspective the audience would ever have on that person. When they were real people who filled the show, a new line was drawn.
When writer / producer Russel T. Davies asked fleabag creators how she was dealing with success, and Waller-Bridge referencing the game again was an important part of the journey.
“Setting up the show with the same gang that set it up in Edinburgh in 2013, performing the character who started the whole thing and then finally releasing her, was strange ground,” recalled Waller-Bridge.