National Theatre Live - Fleabag Encore Review

National Theatre Live - Fleabag Encore Review

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Posted 2023-11-19 by Sydneyfunmumfollow

Thu 13 Jul 2023 - Sun 16 Jul 2023



I am a huge fan of the TV Series, (see my Fleabag Season 2 review) so when this popped up - the original one-woman stage show that the original TV show was spun off from - I was intrigued.

Showing for a limited season from now until Friday 4 August at select Dendy Cinemas nationwide - this is a must-see for fans of the TV show - and a stellar introduction to Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her incredible talent for the uninitiated.

Whereas the TV show surrounded Phoebe Waller-Bridge with other brilliant actors to support her in telling the story of Fleabag, this version zooms straight in on her face and its multiplicity of expressions to delineate her whole, messy, viscerally gut-wrenching tale, and reveals how talented a comedic lead she really is. With one eyebrow raise, she can convey a world of meaning - with one puckered-up lip, she becomes a rat-faced man.

If you have seen the TV show, the stage show sticks very close to the plot and lines in the TV show. There are few deviations from the scenes, with a smattering of additional exchanges and thought bubbles from Fleabag - but otherwise, nothing too unexpected (other than one Guinea pig scene - trigger warning - if you have a particular soft spot for Guinea pigs - best sit this one out).

However, as a one-woman show, it is an entirely different experience albeit comprising substantially the same scenes, but from a more direct perspective all focussed on her. Somehow, it manages to be more intimate and show Fleabag’s fragility in a more tangible way by being wholly focused on her and her reactions to what is going on.

I laughed. I cried. I felt her pain. I shared her disdain and her outrage. But most of all, I agreed with her musings. People suck. But also, people are all we have.

The writer was invited as a guest

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!date 13/07/2023 --16/07/2023
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