#FridayFictioneers #FlashFiction ‘An Open Air Theatre’ #100words

I’ve been absent from this challenge for too long, and I’m thrilled to be back again, albeit a day late, with my Friday Fictioneers story of Alice Pendragon and her adventures with her family and friends, thanks to the photo prompts and inspiration provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Roger Bulltot for today’s photo prompt. Check out this weekly challenge and other entries here.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bulltot

An Open Air Theatre

We rushed into the ruins and sat in the shade by the east wall. I bit into my apple. ‘I heard my dad say they should tear this building down.’

Billy frowned. ‘That would be a pity.’

‘They could rebuild it as a museum in memory of the victims.’

‘What victims?’

‘The smallpox patients.’

‘What were they doing here?’

 ‘It was a hospital. The sick were brought here to die in isolation with no hope of recovery.’

‘It should be an open air theatre.’ He climbed up to the top window and shouted down. ‘Juliet, wherefore art thou? Climb up!’


All my ‘Alice’ flash fiction written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge can be read as standalones, but if you’re interested in reading previous stories of Alice’s adventures, here  they are!

About LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

Posted on September 2, 2017, in Friday Fictioneers and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. What an interesting idea, Luccia!

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    • Thanks Neil. I love open air theatre, although unfortunately I haven’t been for a long time. Old buildings and real, open places add more to the viewing experience than a stage ever could.


  2. I love the idea of a theatre space in an old ward.

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  3. A unique idea, Lucie, not so much walking the boards as climbing the stones. Great stuff.

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  4. You give us an interesting take on the prompt, and tell the story well. I can just imagine Billy scrambling up and shouting down!

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  5. Ideal for medieval plays, would make an atmospheric setting. Nice idea.

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  6. And why not re-purpose it? Lovely idea!

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  7. Enjoyed your take on the prompt. Actually when I read the stats given for that place, I was amazed what’s small percentage actually did die.

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  8. Dear Luccia,

    It’s good to see you and your precocious little friend back amongst us. good one.



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  9. Lovely story, and good to see you (and Alice) back. I’m sure an open air theatre would bring more people to the place, and educate them, than a museum might.

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  10. Loved the Romeo thrown into this creepy truth. But, of course, that one ends in death, too, doesn’t it.

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  11. That’s an interesting take. Good read! http://www.lavmuses.com

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