Fleabag, an in-your-face play about an in-your-face character, opened at Centrepoint Theatre on Saturday.
Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge Directed by Heather O’Carroll Centrepoint Theatre September 3 - October 1
Fleabag is seriously funny from the opening moment when the title character sashays drunk across the stage.
The play’s protagonist is irreverent, filthy and shares unfiltered with the audience, whatever is going through her head - from her sexual habits to her thoughts on passing strangers.
As she lets us into her world, we see beneath the hard shell she projects, an empathy for others and the pain of her best friend’s recent death.
There is a real dark power in this play that takes the audience by surprise with its intensity and brutality.
As Fleabag, solo actor Sophie Hambleton from TV3’s Westside, brilliantly guides the audience through this 70-minute no interval rollercoaster, yet her energy levels never flag.
The power of the storytelling elicits spontaneous ‘‘oh’s’’ from the audience.
The set is intricate, and on various levels, adding to the feel that there is a whole world on the stage. The other technical aspects of the play are minimal, allowing all the attention to focus on the character and her story.
With appeal to both men and women, Fleabag has strong language and sexual references, and is for ages 14 and over.