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 itThe Fleabag bites back A rip roaring account of some sort of female living her sort of lifePhoebe Waller Bridge s debut play is an outrageously funny monologue for a female performer It premiered at theEdinburgh 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 Init was turned into a wildly successful and utterly riveting Guardian BBC television seriesThis 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 A short play, easily read in half an hour, but one that feels like a kick to the chest that will stay with you for a while Having come to Fleabag though the BBC adaption watch it I wanted to see how it was adapted from stage to screen The TV adaptation is padded out, but almost all the strongest moments are from the play themselves I feel like I am easily able to recognise aspects of myself from some parts of my life in Fleabag and I imagine that s not unique to me Maybe one day I ll mana A short play, easily read in half an hour, but one that feels like a kick to the chest that will stay with you for a while Having come to Fleabag though the BBC adaption watch it I wanted to see how it was adapted from stage to screen The TV adaptation is padded out, but almost all the strongest moments are from the play themselves I feel like I am easily able to recognise aspects of myself from some parts of my life in Fleabag and I imagine that s not unique to me Maybe one day I ll manage to watch it on stage, but I m sure until then I ll be revisiting the play and adaptation many times People often assume that a book is the best gift for a booklover But it s usually the worst gift unless it was specifically asked for Either I ll force myself to read it instead of something else, or I ll feel guilty for not reading it.Joy This was an unexpected but well chosen Christmas gift Image Books tied with ribbon Source I loved the two TV series of Fleabag, and a few months ago saw the original one woman stage show This book is the script of that monologue so no hot priest People often assume that a book is the best gift for a booklover But it s usually the worst gift unless it was specifically asked for Either I ll force myself to read it instead of something else, or I ll feel guilty for not reading it.Joy This was an unexpected but well chosen Christmas gift Image Books tied with ribbon Source I loved the two TV series of Fleabag, and a few months ago saw the original one woman stage show This book is the script of that monologue so no hot priest It s stream of consciousness ramblings that are primarily about characters, rather than plot The script is preceded by 40 pages of interviews, photos, and articles with and about Waller Bridge and some of her team It s better to watch it in some form before reading this The F wordsFleabag is the nickname of the central character, written and performed by Waller Bridge a young woman, with no filter, no taboos, and no shame, who is also dealing with grief, failure, and rejection It s outrageously funny or merely outrageous to those of aprudish bent I m not obsessed with sex I just can t stop thinking about it I masturbate a lot these days Especially when I m bored or angry or upset or happy She talks a lot about fucking sex even her pizza is slutty In some ways, she has a stereotypically male attitude to sex, especially of the casual kind The shock value is heightened by her being so obviously middle class She s woke enough to be conscious of the importance of consent, but alarmingly old fashioned female enough to move her boundaries when I m drunk and I owe him a thank you for being nice to me I have a horrible feeling I m a greedy, perverted, selfish, cynical, depraved, mannish looking, morally bankrupt woman who can t even call herself a feminist At a feminist lecture, the speaker asks Would you trade five years of your life for the so called perfect bodyFleabag immediately raises her hand, then realises the must be a bad feminist, if she s one at all As for me, I d want to know which five years I d have to trade Image Phoebe Waller Bridge in the original one woman stage show Source Three wallsThe stage show is narrated with a mix of direct quotes from the incidents she s describing and her often bitchy inner monologue On the page, it s not always so clear which is which When Fleabag made the surprising and successful transition from one woman show to TV sitcom, her commentary and asides became looks, winks, and words, direct to the viewers No fourth wall HilaryFleabag and her best friend, Boo, opened a guinea pig themed caf However, if you adore guinea pigs, this may not be for you.Image Hilary left with Fleabag right in the TV sitcom Source AccoladesFleabag, in all its incarnations, has won numerous awards In 2019, those included Golden Globes and Emmys for best TV comedy, and best actress and writer for Waller Bridge herself, plus featuring in Obama s shows of the year In an Emmys acceptance speech, Waller Bridge said Personally, I d like to also thank Obama for putting us on his list As some of you may know, he s always been on mine If you don t get that joke, you need to acquaint yourself with Fleabag Good Omens When you know each other as well as Crowley and Aziraphale, you can probably give each other books Frame 1, Crowley asks, What would you like for Christmas, angel And please don t say a book Frame 3, Aziraphale replies, Two books The monologue that started it all Almost exhaustingly funny and refreshingly debauched It cannot be denied that the television adaptation of Fleabag has helped define an era, so it s interesting to see how it began The monologue is essentially the first series of the show, but incredibly pared down to roughly an hour of dialogue Fleabag s approach to life is chaotic but also wincingly relatable Waller Bridge really read us all for filth. If you re not aware of Phoebe Waller Bridge, you should check her out In the past few years Waller Bridge has become a phenomenon, not only taking her award winning Edinburgh Fringe Festival show to the London stage and then to the BBC for two wildly successful seasons, but she s also been employed as a writer for major tv productions, most recently the 25th James Bond film I m currently binge watching Season 1 of Fleabag and can t wait to get on to Season 2.Who is Fleabag for For one, it s a If you re not aware of Phoebe Waller Bridge, you should check her out In the past few years Waller Bridge has become a phenomenon, not only taking her award winning Edinburgh Fringe Festival show to the London stage and then to the BBC for two wildly successful seasons, but she s also been employed as a writer for major tv productions, most recently the 25th James Bond film I m currently binge watching Season 1 of Fleabag and can t wait to get on to Season 2.Who is Fleabag for For one, it s a certificate 15 in the UK 18 in France , so you re not going to be able to watch it with the little ones Fleabag includes lots of adult themes, such as female masturbation, but interestingly very little nudity, if at all The main character, also played by Phoebe Waller Bridge, is a thirty something living in London attractive, vulnerable, obsessed about sex in general and casual sexual encounters in particular, close to her anorexic sister but how can one be close to a person who organises their own surprise birthday party and describes it as a business meeting , and coming to terms with a close friend s suicide.But if you haven t seen or read Fleabag, this won t tell you very much because Fleabag flies in the face of viewers readers expectations Phoebe is sexually liberated but not in the 60s or 70s sense of liberation what we associate with sexual liberation typical of those years She s actively on the look out for sexual encounters, yet she does not particularly enjoy sex she much prefers masturbation , and her male partners are immature, socially inept fellas, who don t give a damn about her gratification In addition, Phoebe has this knack of turning to the camera and making the viewer privy to her thoughts about these men or indeed herself a technique revived by Miranda Hart in her own sitcom about 10 years ago, but used farextensively by Waller Bridge Fleabag is herself an emotionally immature, gaffe prone, often selfish young woman who steals a statuette from her stepmother just because she can , and sends selfies of her intimate parts to boyfrieds hasn t she heard of revenge porn for f s sake She s also brutally honest, insecure, and totally relatable I dropped one star because I thought that some of the jokes were a bit cheesy, but overall Fleabag is fresh, relentless and innovative, esp with regard to womens sexuality I m looking forward to watchingepisodes