The name Phoebe Waller-Bridge might not mean much to you now, but it will. Amazon just released the trailer for her new show Fleabag, and it looks like a winner. The thoroughly modern, six-episode show stars Waller-Bridge as an “angry and ragey” single woman trying to stay afloat in London’s choppy dating scene. An actress and writer who previously appeared on Broadchurch, Waller-Bridge originally wrote Fleabag as a one-woman show which she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After that performance drew raves, BBC helped Waller-Bridge transform it into a series.
As you’ll see in the clip, Waller-Bridge’s character spends a lot of time breaking the fourth wall and addressing the audience directly. But the show’s director, Harry Bradbeer, recently told journalists that as the show progresses, “she starts to not want the camera to see her at all. She tries to run away from the camera and it stays with her. As the drama escalates, that particular conceit is used in a very different way.”
Fleabag is treading similar water as Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, and the autobiographical show was born out of time in Waller-Bridge’s life when she felt “confused about feminism and how to be a good feminist.”
Fleabag premieres on Amazon Prime on September 16, and you can watch the trailer above.