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Invisible Friends

November 2007

A play for children, by Alan Ayckbourn

Lucy is an ordinary teenager with an extraordinary imagination who, unhappy with her own family, revives her childhood fantasy friend, Zara. Initially, Lucy has lots of fun with Zara – although her low key malicious behaviour towards Lucy’s family offers a glimpse she may not be as perfect as Lucy believes. As a result of her relationship with Zara, Lucy begins to wish her invisible friend was a real part of her family. Consequently, Zara’s father and brother appear and show Lucy how to make her real family disappear.

 

Lucy’s wishes away her family, but things do not quite go as expected when Zara discovers her imaginary friend’s family is not as nice as she thought. She finds herself tormented and deprived of her own bed, made to play impossible games, doing household tasks and she is eventually shut out of her own house. Having being taught by Zara how to make things happen if you believe in them strongly enough, she makes a decision to restore her own family and to make Zara and her family vanish. The effort of this makes Lucy faint and when she awakens her own family is restored. Zara and her own family were all a dream – or were they?