I Felt Immense Pressure after Fleabag, and Killing Eve; BBC Black Comedy Fleabag Is Back. Star and Writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 33, Who Also Wrote Hit Show Killing Eve, Tells GEORGIA HUMPHREYS about the Expectations That Come with Success

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I Felt Immense Pressure after Fleabag, and Killing Eve; BBC Black Comedy Fleabag Is Back. Star and Writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 33, Who Also Wrote Hit Show Killing Eve, Tells GEORGIA HUMPHREYS about the Expectations That Come with Success


Byline: GEORGIA HUMPHREYS

Fleabag started as a one-woman stage show after you performed at a stand-up night. What inspired the material? I WAS writing it for Vicky Jones - my collaborator who I work with a lot and is also my best friend.

The deal I had in my head was I was just going to write something that would make Vicky laugh. I did it and the first 10 minutes ended up being the first 10 minutes of the play.

There was something so electrifying about being able to say the truth and it being allowed to be said with an edge and an angry character.

Just write what scares you - imagine what you would write if you weren't afraid.

What is the difference between writing for stage and TV? YOU have a captive audience in the theatre. I think that's what makes people quite lazy when they're writing for theatre because they think 'you've got to stay around'.

So the discipline of writing the play was every line had to be a new direction, the audience had to be kept on their toes.

There's an extreme version of that on screen because people can switch off or go and do their washing or whatever while they're watching so you have to make it even more surprising and arresting, and visually as well.

Did you feel pressure following on from the success of series one of Fleabag and Killing Eve? YEAH, I felt immense pressure after Fleabag, and Killing Eve as well, because when you're in it you're just in a bubble and you hope people are going to jump on it.

But when they do, it's just like, 'Oh God, we've got to do it again'.

The moment this team came back together, every single member, they all give a little part of their hearts to Fleabag.

And when you've got that around, that really fortified me against the pressure, to a certain extent.

But also, once you've got the idea and you've got these events and they feel true for these characters, and it feels true and important to put that on screen in some way, that really fortified me.

Are the characters in the show based on real people? SOMETIMES they come from an interaction I have with one person, in one room one day, and they just say something or do something that just inspires an entire character and then they build from there. …

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