For those who didn’t catch last year’s BAFTA-winning comedy-drama Fleabag – where have you been?
The BBC3 show, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, turned out to be one of the biggest hits of 2016 and catapulted the virtually unknown actress, writer, playwright and director to critical acclaim.
It’s now returned back to where it all started, the Edinburgh Fringe, where the tragicomedy made its debut by Waller-Bridge in 2013.
This time Maddie Rice takes on the role of Fleabag and introduces us to the chaotic, highly-sexualised twenty-something who tries to save her guinea pig-themed cafe from closure while battling her inner demons after the suicide of her best friend, Boo.
The hour-long monologue is wickedly sharp and Rice delivers every line with authenticity and style.
Rice’s storytelling ability transforms the one woman show (with just a chair as a prop) into a captivating and entertaining tale that proves to be an ode to feminism.
Undeniably honest yet often bleak in discussion, Fleabag’s sexual desperation and selfishness may not prove to be her most favourable qualities but, regardless, the charm and depth of the character makes a smart tale of survival for one woman learning to live with loss.
Words: Aimee Stanton