‘Fleabag”s a feminist themed comedy show that has been written and created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The show is produced by Two Brothers Picture Limited and distributed by BBC. The first season aired on BBC One in the US and Amazon Prime in the US. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Harry Williams, Jack Williams, Harry Bradbeer (season 2), Lydia Hampson (season 2), and Joe Lewis (season 2) are the executive producers of the show.
‘Fleabag’, with its clear feminist intent and writing, can be classified as one of the shows that truly speak of the present times. Regarding the eponymous character Fleabag, creator and writer of the series Phoebe Waller-Bridge says, “Fleabag’s a control freak who wants to convince you everything’s OK. It’s a kind of tortured complexity that we’ve all felt – it would be described as ‘mysterious’ and ‘sexy’ for a male character, but can be labeled as ‘difficult’ or ‘needy’ from women. We have waves of contradictory feelings, but feel a responsibility to look like everything’s in hand.”
Fleabag Cast: Who is in it?
Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as the eponymous character, Fleabag, in the show. Fleabag is a modern woman with a number of problems. She lives in London. She is someone who is very open and angry with the way the world has constantly treated her because she is a woman. Waller-Bridge first created the character during the Edinburgh Festival Bridge. Here, she performed as Fleabag for a one-woman play and ended up winning the Fringe First Award. Later, the character became popular and Waller-Bridge got an opportunity to create a six-episode series for BBC based on the character.
Other important actors in the show are Sian Clifford as Claire, Fleabag’s sister, Olivia Colman in the character of Fleabag’s godmother. In the show, the character is in a relationship with Fleabag’s father as her mother has passed away. Bill Paterson plays the role of Fleabag’s father in the series. Claire’s husband Martin is portrayed by Brett Gelman, while Hugh Skinner plays the character of Harry, her ex-boyfriend.
Andrew Scott, Fiona Shaw, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ray Fearon joined the cast for Season 2. Andrew Scott’s character, The Priest, is the most important addition to the show in Season 2. Waller-Bridge had this to say about Fleabag’s relationship with The Priest “It really resonated with me, the idea of an atheist trying to find meaning in a world where everything seems so confusing. I really wanted somebody who would challenge Fleabag, a character that she couldn’t reduce to a kind of anecdote like she could with so many of the other characters in the last series.”
Fleabag Plot: What is it about?
There is no particular plot in Fleabag as it is mainly a slice-of-life show following the central character and various situations she faces while working and living in modern-day London. What is interesting is that the character is not a very morally upright person, and neither is she the moral center of the show. The character of Fleabag can be called an anti-heroine. She is sexually independent, sleeps with a number of men, masturbates to Barack Obama’s speeches, and creates a sense that she should not be messed with at any cost.