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Written and Performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Directed by Vicky Jones
Today I’m going to be a new person. No more slutty pizzas. No more porny wanks. Lot's more lovely threesomes. Go. The Fleabag bites back. A rip-roaring account of some sort of a female living some sort of life in some sort of city.
Critically acclaimed DryWrite make their Edinburgh debut with the world premiere of a hilarious one-woman show written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, one of our very brightest upcoming talents (Evening Standard).
We are always told to be ourselves. But what if that doesn’t seem to get us anywhere? What if when we get serious, people laugh? What if when we comfort someone, they end up killing themselves? What if when we fuck up a job interview, we get the gig? Welcome to the world of Fleabag where the rules are out the window and she’s getting confused. She’s angry, pervy, cruel, forgetful, unforgiving, flippant, capricious, but undeniably honest. And you can’t help but love an honest person. Or can you? Maybe she’s an alien. Maybe she’s alone. Or maybe... just maybe, there is a little fleabag in us all. For one hour only, Fleabag lets us see the world through her eyes. It may not be pretty but it's funny as hell.
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
Paying our Designer and Stage Manager
It’s hugely important to us that the hard work of the creatives working on the show is reflected in the way that we pay them. Money you donate will play a vital role in supporting this significant part of running a professional theatre company and show.
Building the set
Whatever our brilliant designer creates, we’ll need to make, build, source and buy. In order to fully realise the potential of the show, we need to realise the design too. Money you donate will directly impact on the budget for the physical production
In Edinburgh a comprehensive and unique marketing campaign is what makes all the difference. Money you donate will help us pay for flyers and posters to cement our presence in Edinburgh and make sure plenty of people come to see the show.
Transport to Edinburgh
Travelling up to Edinburgh, transporting our set up to Edinburgh – it’s 405 miles from London to Edinburgh. Those miles are expensive!
Roof Over Our Heads
Some shelter whilst we live in Edinburgh. Nothing grand but this will help us all stay warm whilst we’re mounting the show up in Scotland.
DryWrite is a new writing theatre company that challenges writers to work with specific briefs and goals to actively engage audiences with argument and action. We have worked with over one hundred British playwrights over the last five years and enjoyed a year’s residency at the Bush Theatre. In all our work we endeavour to raise questions about modern theatre and the way we live now. Most recently we staged the highly acclaimed Mydidae at London’s Soho Theatre and Trafalgar Studios to critical acclaim
Our ambition for DryWrite is to commission and produce plays that articulate women intelligently and provocatively and to honestly reflect their own experiences. This isn’t at the cost of male characters or with the agenda to lecture about feminism; we want to shed light on relationships, power, family, love and politics with even-handedness and truth and with a strong female voice in everything we make. We also want to practice what we preach – which is why Fleabag is the perfect opportunity to put our ambitions into actions.
This will mark DryWrite’s Edinburgh Festival debut. Edinburgh fringe is the worlds leading arts festival - the stats bear that out: the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe saw 42,096 performances of 2,695 shows in 279 Fringe venues. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. in 2010, Festival organizers sold 1,955,913 tickets. And last year there was an influx of around an estimated 100,000 people to Edinburgh. It’s a unique opportunity to showcase the company’s work to an international audience, allowing us to grow and expand as a theatre company beyond our London roots. Ensuring that ultimately we are able to extend the work we make to a wider and more diverse audience – actively engaging new writing of the highest quality.
WHO WE ARE
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Co-Artistic Director
Phoebe is a graduate of RADA. Theatre includes: Mydidae (Soho Theatre/ Trafalgar Studios), Hay Fever (Noel Coward Theatre, West End), Tribes (Royal Court), Rope (Almeida), 2nd May 1997 (Evening Standard Nomination, Best Newcomer), Like a Fishbone and 66 Books (Bush Theatre), Roaring Trade (Soho Theatre), Crazy Love (Paines Plough). Film includes: Albert Nobbs, The Iron Lady. TV includes: Henry, Bad Education, London Irish, The Cafe, The Night Watch, How 3 Not to Live Your Life. Radio Includes: Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Blood Beast and Burns and the Bankers (Radio 4), Money (Radio 3). As a writer, Phoebe currently has a feature film and a number of television shows in development with award-winning production companies.
Vicky Jones – Co-Artistic Director
Vicky is a freelance theatre director and co-Artistic Director of DryWrite, with whom she has directed shows at the Bush Theatre (resident company 2010-2012), The Roundhouse, Hampstead Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Liverpool Everyman and Trafalgar Studios. Directing credits include: Mydidae by Jack Thorne (for DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), The Tour Guide by James Graham (The Playhouse, Edinburgh Festival), Stealing Sweets and Punching People by Phil Porter (Nu:Write, Croatia), Treemonisha by Scott Joplin (Southbank Centre and national tour), The Freedom of the City by Brian Friel (Finborough Theatre), Shuffle by Polly Stenham, Bola Agbaje and DC Jackson (Royal Court @ Latitude Festival), Zoo by Dawn King (Arcola Theatre), A Bedroom (Lyric Studio), Saturday Night (The White Bear) Banned: The History of Censorship (National Theatre Platform). Original Workshops include When You Cure Me by Jack Thorne (Lyric Studio), Colder Than Here by Laura Wade (Royal Court). Works as Staff Director include Coram Boy and Rafta, Rafta (National Theatre); as Assistant Director Piano/Forte, I Remember The Royal Court, The One With The Oven, Rampage (the Royal Court Theatre), See How They Run (West End and National Tour), Journey’s End (West End), Meeting Myself Coming Back (Soho Theatre), How Love Is Spelt (Off Broadway, Summer Play Festival, 42nd Street). Vicky worked for six years as a workshop leader for the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre.
Francesca Moody – Producer
Francesca is a freelance theatre producer. She is also resident Producer for DryWrite and Undeb Theatre and Associate Producer at The Yard Theatre, Look Left Look Right and SEArED Productions. Recent credits include: the West End Transfer of Mydidae by Jack Thorne, Mydidae (Soho Theatre/Trafalgar Studios/DryWrite), JOE/BOY (We Were Here/The Last Refuge), You Once Said Yes (The Roundhouse/LIFT Festival, Manchester Lowry), NOLA (Underbelly/Escalator East to Edinburgh), Not Another Musical, The Welsh Atlantis (Latitude Festival), Brimstone and 4 Treacle (Arcola Theatre), Rose, The Ducks (Pleasance Theatre).
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Risks and challenges
For any theatre company, however big or small, fully financed, or like us; with no money, taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a huge challenge, but it is exactly these challenges that drive our passionate team and with your help we know we can make a truly unique and inspiring piece of theatre.
The biggest challenge is honouring our ambitions for DryWrite whilst in Edinburgh. We want to bring together every element of production together – from the physical set to the marketing campaign in order to ensure that we make theatre of the highest quality and embrace the opportunity to reach a new and diverse audience. These aren’t separate elements – they are one whole, and the combined effect of them working together is vital to our success.
The money we raise will play a vital role in facilitating our future growth as a company, beyond this one show in Edinburgh. It’s not a case of not being able to raise enough, we will do everything we possibly can in striving to reach our fundraising target because we are fully invested in making Fleabag and our time in Edinburgh the best it can be.
We are fortunate to have an absolutely brilliant creative team – one that can handle just about anything . Past mistakes have taught us so much, and whilst there may be more bumps we plan to manage problems as efficiently as we can by being prepared – creatively, financially and administratively.
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