JULY WINNER: Escape Velocity by James Mason

Updated: Aug 17

"Dad, is Gran going to be famous?" Brad asks, peeping out at the journalists trampling our azaleas.


In the back garden my mother is inspecting the canon.


Later, she will hold a press conference from our porch to announce that she will not be using a safety net. She has knitted a cape for the occasion and has tucked her blue-rinsed hair, curlers and all, into a glitter-coated helmet.


Millions will tune in to watch her launched skyward: an octogenarian comet.


At the moment she is Deirdre Stokes: widow, mother. By teatime she plans to be the first pensioner in orbit.

#FLASHFICTION101 JULY 2020 SHORTLISTED ENTRY


All work remains copyright of the owner. No reproduction of this work is permitted without written permission from the author detailed here. If you wish to contact the author, please get in touch with Tortive Theatre.

For general inquiries,

please contact the production office.

BECOME A MEMBER OF TORTIVETHEATRE.COM

0

Sign up for news and updates

from TORTIVE THEATRE

© 2020 Tortive Theatre

71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JQ