The ‘Fleabag’ Hot Priest (AKA Andrew Scott) Stars in a Heart-Breaking One-Man Show That’s Now Streaming on YouTube

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Andrew Scott, maybe higher generally known as the Hot Priest, is the apple of each Fleabag fan’s eye. Now, the Fleabag alum (additionally identified or a maniacal function on Sherlock) is streaming on YouTube in a play titled Sea Wall. (The actor Tom Sturridge initially carried out the play in 2019 on Broadway, serving as the primary half of Sea Wall/A Life, a double invoice).

Since it’s a fairly concise story, we received’t give an excessive amount of away in regards to the particulars. Like a number of trendy drama, it will get darkish — however Fleabag‘s Scott more than pulled it off. It may not fulfill the Phoebe Waller-Bridge sized hole in your heart, but the Hot Priest is here (well, on YouTube), for you. However, you’ll need to act quick: the video will solely stream via May 18, 2020.

‘Fleabag’ star Andrew Scott forged in one-man play titled ‘Sea Wall’

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Andrew Scott attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The New York Times reported just lately that Sea Wall‘s YouTube debut is one among many stay performances that are actually streaming on-line, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The most well-known of which is in fact Hamilton, “which will begin airing on Disney + in early July.” Sea Wall is a a lot smaller efficiency than a giant musical like Hamilton — in some ways.

The play is simply about 34 minutes, for starters. Part of what makes stay theater nice is undeniably, the “live”-ness o it. This piece, clearly, is pre-recorded. (In truth, this model of Sea Wall was shot nearly ten years in the past — lengthy earlier than Scott turn out to be an notorious forged member of Fleabag.)

Yet in some way, Scott pulls it off. (Not that we’re shocked, in any case, he’s the Hot Priest). The Times agrees: “A younger man’s monologue of marvel and grief, Sea Wall is a blinding piece of writing.”

The critic describes Scott’s perormance as “devastatingly intimate.”

“He nestles right into your soul as Stephens’s Alex, a gentle, besotted husband and father who until very recently led a cherished, ordinary life,” the Times evaluation continued.

In ‘Sea Wall’ Scott takes on a really completely different function than the Hot Priest

The video will sadly be faraway from YouTube after a short stint on the platform. Which is maybe why The New York Times encourages readers: “you should start watching right now, I mean it, instantly.”

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Tom Sturridge through the Broadway opening night time efficiency of Sea Wall / A Life on the Hudson Theatre in New York | Walter McBride/WireImage

If you reside for theater, you may assume a YouTube model of the efficiency could be lacking one thing. But, Scott is so nice in his subtleties and almost-emotionally-scarring line reads that you simply really feel such as you’re proper there within the entrance row (even when you watch it in your cellphone).

“It is electric somehow with the immediacy and catharsis that are so much of what we hunger for in live theater,” the Times gushed.

‘Sea Wall’ is far sadder than Fleabag — however price it

For so many people in quarantine, psychological well being has taken one thing of a success. The Times author argues that the Fleabag stand-out’s Sea Wall was a salve for a weary soul:

I hadn’t anticipated Simon Stephens’s Sea Wall to come back to the rescue. Then immediately there it was, saving me. A play that ran on Broadway simply final summer season, it additionally exists as a quietly attractive little movie that looks like a present from the previous arriving precisely on time.

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Andrew Scott and Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the 2019 Emmys after successful the Outstanding Comedy Series award for Fleabag | Steve Granitz/WireImage

If you missed Scott’s YouTube efficiency, there may be an Audible model obtainable — the one caveat being you don’t get the Hot Priest. Absolutely nonetheless price listening to is Sturridge (the actor from the Broadway run), who carried out an audio model of Sea Wall/A Life. It is now obtainable on the audio ebook app.

Although we so love Scott as our final temptation, the Hot Priest, the Fleabag Season 2 castmate has much more of a variety than we might have realized. It’s fairly a bit sadder than Fleabag, definitely — however greater than price just a few tears.

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