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Absent Friends

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f, 3m

Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancee so his friends, who never met the girl, arrange a tea party for him. 
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • UIL Approved
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancee so his friends, who never met the girl, arrange a tea party for him. Understandably they are on edge wondering what to say, but there is more to their unease: Diane and Paul, John and Evelyn, and Marge and her husband is perpetually out of circulation with trivial illnesses are all kept together by a mixture of business and cross marital emotional ties. By the time Colin arrives for tea, their tenseness contrasts dramatically with his air of cheerful relaxation. He is the only happy one among them and his happiness and insensitive analyses of their troubles causes each of them to break down.
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  • Time Period Present Day
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Alan Ayckbourn

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn joining the Library Theatre company in Scarborough, of which he was the Artistic Director for 37 years and where he made both his professional playwriting in 1959 and his directorial debut in 1961.

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