Invisible Friends: Articles

This section features articles on Invisible Friends by Alan Ayckbourn. Click on a link in the right-hand column below to go to the relevant article.

This is an extract from an article written by Alan Ayckbourn for the collection Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 2, which was published during 1998.

Preface to Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 2 (extract)

Articles by Alan Ayckbourn

Invisible Friends (1989)
Preface to Plays 2 (1998)
It was 1988 when I decided, in an effort to build up a regular children's Christmas audience at the theatre in Scarborough, that I would have another shot at a Christmas Play. A year later, encouraged by the success of Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays (a help-decide-the-plot, audience participation sort of show), I wrote Invisible Friends. It has been described as a younger version of my earlier play, Woman in Mind. It relies, like a lot of my children's work, upon a good deal of direct narration, this time from young Lucy who gets fed up with her own family and retreats into a fantasy world of her own. As in the adult play, her dreams appear not only to be coming true but rapidly turning into nightmares. Unlike its adult counterpart, though, it has a moral (anything's possible if you put your mind to it) and a far happier ending.

I have no hard and fast code when I write for my young audience except a determination to make sure the play opens doors of possibility and doesn't merely close them.

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