Phoebe Waller-Bridge for president

Published: 21 February 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Credit: Faye Thomas

The force behind the Fleabag phenomenon, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has been named the first president for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

The honorary role involves being a representative and advocate for the charity and Waller-Bridge will speak on behalf of the Society where appropriate.

She said, “The Edinburgh Fringe has staged an annual cultural revolution for decades. It’s where thousands of writers, comedians, performers and artists cut their teeth and put their most raw work out into the world. Whether it’s a two-hander in a shoebox, a gig in a van, a promenade through the streets or a mammoth musical epic, this festival is a global symbol of artistic freedom and experimentation. It relies on its audiences and it relies on its artists.

"It’s where the relationship between the two is feverishly consummated, sometimes with great success, sometimes with awkward fumbles behind an inflatable cow, but always with unbridled passion and creativity. From leaking caves to cobbled streets to the glamour of the Traverse Theatre up to Arthur’s Seat, this festival is a beating heart of an industry that has been all but crushed by the pandemic, and I’m proud to be a part of the fight with the Fringe Society for its much-needed survival and glorious return.”