Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Streaming The One-Woman-Show Fleabag To Raise Funding For COVID-19

If watching Fleabag is the kind of thing you would normally do in a crisis, here is a chance to do that, and also support charitable causes.

The show is available to stream from the UK and Ireland now. 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, working with Amazon and Soho Theatre, has put up the original one-woman-show version of Fleabag – which grew into the hit and critically acclaimed TV series you have maybe heard about – online to stream in order to raise money for several charities responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Written and performed by Waller-Bridge, and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is an account of “some sort of woman living her sort of life”.

Waller-Bridge received a Fringe First award at the Edinburgh fringe in 2013 for the play, whose scenarios and characters formed the basis for its first series on TV.

The production, originally filmed at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, will be raising proceeds to benefit a myriad of charities including the National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others, which provides support to all theatre workers in times of need.

There will also be a special Fleabag Support Fund, which will distribute grants of £2,500 to freelancers working in the UK theatre industry.

The one-woman-show is available to stream from today in the UK and Ireland on Soho theatre’s On Demand site.

From 10 April it will be available for a two-week period in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as on Amazon Prime Video in the US and UK.

The production will be available for a 48-hour download for £4 (€4.53), with the option to donate larger amounts of money also available. 

“I hope this filmed performance of Fleabag can help raise money while providing a little theatrical entertainment in these isolated times," said Waller-Bridge of the project.

"Thank you to all our partners and to the creative team who have waived their royalties from this production to raise money for such vital causes in this unbelievably challenging situation. All money raised will support the people throughout our society who are fighting for us on the frontlines and those financially devastated by the crisis, including those in the theatre community.

"Thank you in advance to those who donate. Now go get into bed with Fleabag! It’s for charity!”

Main image by @phoebewallerbridgesource

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