★★★★★ | Fleabag, Soho Theatre, London
What happens when your life has descended into an endless round of masturbating to Internet porn, seeking casual pick-ups and having catastrophic career and relationship failures? How do we manage to live in a world where sex is ever present and the only way we can sometimes connect is through (not always satisfying) sex?
Waller-Bridge is a consummate performer, providing warmth to an unapologetic character that you want to alternately shake, nurture or go for a few cocktails with. In spite of her gauche demeanour and hapless nature the Fleabag has a dark psyche bursting full of issues and enough baggage to fill a carousel at Heathrow. It’s a testament to the power of the acting, production and script that the audience seems to warm to her so much and not want to boo her off the stage. The audience reaction was, in fact, ecstatic, the night I saw the show.
This is a very unique production and a well-deserved Olivier Award nominee. You’ll have to act fast if you want to catch a seat. It’s a not to be missed experience. Just don’t take your granny along unless she happens to be very open-minded.
Fleabag runs until 25th of May 2014
Book tickets here: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/fleabag/
Chris is a theatre and book obsessed Midlander who escaped to London. He’s usually to be found slumped in a seat in a darkened auditorium.