Loved Fleabag? Try these dark comedies
In 2013, British actress, playwright and producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (PWB) performed her one-woman show called Fleabag at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the First Fringe Award. Three years later, she had turned it into a TV series with herself in the eponymous role, and won the BAFTA for the Best Female Performer In A Comedy.
In 2019, the second season of Fleabag aired on Amazon Prime Video to massive acclaim, and went on to scoop six of the 11 Emmys it was nominated for, including Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as winning the Golden Globes for Best Television Series and for PWB as Best Actress.
By then, Phoebe Waller-Bridge had become a worldwide household name. Here are all the shows you can binge-watch immediately on streaming services in South Africa that she stars in, created and wrote.
Fleabag S1-2 (Prime Video)
The show that started it all for so many of us PWB fans. Wondering whether it’s for you? Ms Mojo offers their 10 reasons to watch.
Another show written and created by, and starring, PWB that started off as a play (two plays, this one). It aired in 2016 on Channel 4 in the UK and is now streaming on Netflix. PWB plays Lulu, who visits her childhood friend Anthony at the disused hospital in London where he lives with his fiancee and friends. It’s a coming-of-age, darkly funny rom-com that, according to the Guardian, feels different to anything else: “It’s these tonal flips between frank and filthy, sad and weird that give Crashing enough of an edge to make it feel fresh.”
Take a peek at a compilation of some of the funniest PWB scenes in the series.
Another dark comedy executive produced by PWB, this one with a romantic slant, Run is about a pair of college sweethearts who agree to meet up in future whenever one of them texts the word “RUN” to the other. Starring Domhnall Gleeson as Billy and Merritt Weaver as Ruby, as well as PWB in a minor role, Run was called “the best show of 2020” by NPR. Run was written by PWB’s longtime collaborator, Vicky Jones, who worked with PWB to write Killing Eve and who not only directed the theatre production of Fleabag, but also edited the script for TV.