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The Perfectly Timed Death of an Imaginary Friend

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The Perfectly Timed Death of an Imaginary Friend by Kieran Lynn

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WE LOVE THIS PLAY! We don't often say that about a play but we think it's a a brilliantly imaginative choice for your Key Stage Three classes, especially for your Year 7s.

This is a brilliant play. If you're a will laugh out loud at the parental dilemma. If you're a Key Stage 3 student, you will love the storyline, if you're a drama teacher, you will be impressed by the dramatic devices and cleverly crafted script.

Here's the storyline in a nutshell: Alex and Sara are worried. Their daughter Lee starts secondary school soon and they think her best friend Ernie is going to be a problem. It isn't that he is badly behaved or mischievous, the problem with Ernie is that he is imaginary. So, the parents hatch a plan to force their daughter to grow up and to get rid of Ernie. But as the plan begins to work they learn a lesson that parents usually have to teach their children - be careful what you wish for.

Whilst this storyline might sound a little babyish, don't be fooled, there's more to it than that but we don't want to spoil it for you-it's a joy to read. This is an incredibly inventive piece of drama to use with students. Here's a list of reasons why we think you'll love it:

-it's only a cast of three: Mum, Dad and the daughter. Great for small teaching group work.
-it's very short
-it's a superb introduction into meta-theatre. The characters, at the start, tell the audience, 'I play Sara. Except I'm not really Sara, I'm an actor.' With this style, you could start your teaching of Brecht early!
-there's no scene changes, instead the actors tell you, 'that's the end of the first scene.'
-it requires no scenery/staging, the actors tell the audience what to imagine, 'imagine we're at a park somewhere near the coast.'
-it's extremely funny.
-there are some lovely messages about childhood and growing up too quickly.
-there's no bad language/taboo topics.
-it's perfectly pitched for students in year 7 or 8 and would be a great introduction to drama at secondary school.

We could go on and on but, instead, you should buy it. We guarantee you'll like it!

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