I wrote a short story recently that was somewhat inspired by the fabulous TV series ‘Fleabag’ with Phoebe Waller Bridge. It was the ‘Hot Priest’ played by Andrew Scott that got my juices flowing if you can perhaps excuse the woeful double entendre.
Basically, I have a member of the clergy in my story. It is called ‘Flashing Pope’ and features a very naughty nun. The other day I was told that it has been accepted for publication in next year’s anthology by https://www.thi-wurd.com/. I am thrilled as it is an excellent publication run by Alan McMunnigall.
The Fleabag clip below is my favorite scene of all time from any movie or TV Series.
Fleabag Subway scene
It was quite a dark scene but I am partial to the shadows at times. Fleabag is all about breaking the fourth wall. I can recall the moment I heard the phrase ‘fourth wall’. I was dumbfounded as I had never heard the word before. New words or phrases always tickle me.
Apparently, it means where the actor engages the audience directly or allows them to read their mind. In Fleabag Phoebe Waller Bridge treats the camera as a confessional box. All of her walls are up and the only one that she can break is the fourth.
At the time I wished I knew the meaning as I was in the company of some thespians. Bullshitting momentarily crossed my mind but I decided against it as I knew my bullshitting skills would be inferior.
Eventually I plucked up the courage to ask what it meant. All this writing has made me peckish so I am off to break the fourth wall of my fridge……….( not sure how much sense that makes but felt the need to write some nonsense- it won’t be the first or last time that I shall be indulging my whimsy).
All the best