The Edinburgh Fringe Archive – Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, 2013)
As the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 becomes a memory in the rear-view mirror, we’re going to head into the Edinburgh Fringe Show archives to bring you classic interviews each week from nearly two decades of covering the Fringe.
We start, as all good Fringe retrospectives are mandated to do, with Fleabag. Directed by Vicky Wood, written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this small show from 2013 took place in the depths of the Underbelly. It remains the gold standard of Fringe legends… from a theatrical dare, to a short stand-up like ten minutes, to a ‘that’s so Fringe’ run in Edinburgh, and then onwards into the zeitgeist.
Phoebe and Vicky joined Ewan Spence in the podcast studio to talk about the origins of Fleabag, highlight the importance of the subject matter, and try to remember how much of the script was cut before it reached the stage.