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Friday Fictioneers: Amphitheatre

11 October, 2013

I love the picture that Rochelle has chosen for this week’s prompt. I’m not sure if it was taken in Greece or not, but the fiction that came to mind is set there.


Some of Edward’s classmates sat on the ancient stone terrace, thumbing at the screens of their smartphones. Others lay prone, resting, sleeping. The teachers chattered at one side of the amphitheatre, discussing history with their Greek guide.

But Edward stood alone, silent, on the space which was once the stage. He felt the souls of past actors, the power of their performances, the transcendent lyrical beauty of two-thousand-year-old words.

And he knew that a school production of Grease or an amateur appearance in Richard III was not enough.  The stage was where he would make his living and his life.



  1. An ancient amphitheatre would be a perfect place to feel inspired about a future acting career. Nice little introspective piece!

  2. Excellent piece, great to see the purpose of the persona and his determination to succeed.

  3. Dear TRG,

    Of such moment are careers born. Good work.



  4. Dear RG.

    I could feel the passion swell within Edward. Very nicely done, sir.



  5. The contrast between Edward and the rest of the students emphasized how the place and the thought of acting really grabbed him and firmed his vision. Good job!


  6. And that’s how it happens, isn’t it? When no one is paying attention, a dream takes hold. Great expression of personal passion.

  7. This is a wonderful story that I am sure many of us can relate too. Maybe not when the acting bug bit but when we realized our own creativity and dared to dream.

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