Stream Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s masterpiece and raise funds for NHS and theatre charities.
Fleabag? Doing charitable things? Feels a lot like personal growth, doesn’t it? Your eyes aren’t deceiving you though, for the stage version of Fleabag – seen by a lucky few at Wyndham’s Theatre last summer – is being released online today, and it’s helping to raise money for charity.
Filmed as part of National Theatre Live, this version of Fleabag (which is the final time creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge performed as the character) appeared on UK cinema screens back in September, but will now stream online via Soho Theatre’s On Demand service. A minimum donation of £4 is required, and all of the proceeds are going to UK charities, with the money split between a few worthy recipients.
35% of the funds are going to the National Emergency Trust, which works to support vulnerable members of society. A further 35% will go to NHS Charities Together, an umbrella network of charities that supports NHS staff and volunteers working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The remaining 30% is split in two; 15% heads to Acting For Others, to aid people in need across the theatre sector, whilst the final 15% goes to the newly-established Fleabag Support Fund, which offers emergency funds to freelancers working in UK theatre.
Donations come in five levels: £4, £10, £25, £100, and £250, and Soho Theatre are asking that you give as much as you feel comfortable giving in order to support healthcare workers and creatives across the country. Fleabag will be available for three weeks only, so if you’d like to bring a little oversexed, unfiltered comedy to your lockdown – whilst helping charities in need – then I suggest you jump all over it!
Find Fleabag’s online stream here – it’ll also be available via Amazon Prime from Friday, April 10th.
Also published on Medium.