BWW Reviews: FLEABAG, The Soho Upstairs, September 6 2013
Had Phoebe Waller-Bridge "just" performed Fleabag, her work would have been wonderful. Waller-Bridge has a visceral, rambunctious style and delivers with complete conviction. In fact, she also wrote this hilarious, vivid and extremely intelligent text - a quite brilliant achievement.
The show simply consists of an unnamed character telling us about her last few days. It definitely contains some adult material and would be tasteless if it wasn't so clever. What is remarkable about the piece is not its plot (though the story is subtly crafted and released with great skill), but the raucous, occasionally gut-wrenchingly sad manner in which it is told. Vicky Jones's direction shapes the piece exquisitely and the Soho Upstairs provides an excellent venue for this piece, which really needs nothing more elaborate.
This is the stuff that British theatre should be really proud of - it's smart and, though incredibly upfront, it's subtle. I sincerely recommend this production and, having seen Drywrite Theatre Company's last production, am eager for their next.
Fleabag runs at the Soho Upstairs (Soho Theatre) until September 22 2013.