JULY WINNER: Escape Velocity by James Mason

"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.

FLASH FICTION 101 JULY 2020 WINNING ENTRY

#FlashFiction101 is a joint creative project between The Swan Theatre, Worcester Repertory Company and Tortive Theatre.

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 at www.tortivetheatre.com


CONTACT US

The Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED

Tel: 01905 726969 ||| Email: info@worcester-rep.co.uk

© 2020 Worcester Repertory Company

Website Usage Terms and Conditions

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ben Humphrey

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Sarah-Jane Morgan

  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey Facebook Icon