4 Characters - Comedy, some serious, by Ken Bradbury, 2013

It's a strange gift from her grandmother – an empty box; but then it turns into something more. Three iconic women from the past appear to give Lydia advice about believing in herself.

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8 - 11 minutes

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An excerpt …

(Lydia explains her problems.)

CLEO: So what’s your problem, child?

LYDIA: Problem?

CLEO: Your granny kept us inside that box to help you out after she’d gone. She really likes you, you know that?

LYDIA: Help me?

CLEO: Oh please, you’re among friends. We could hear you talking to yourself when we were in the box.

LYDIA: Okay… this is weird, but here goes. My friends at school…I just can’t do anything to please them. They form these little … I don’t know … cliques. For no reason they just don’t talk to you.

(some advice)

ANNIE: Want some advice, kid?

LYDIA: Sure!

ANNIE: You can’t change other people.

LYDIA: Then there’s no hope?

CLEO: Of course there’s hope! That’s why we’re here!

EVE: You can’t change other people, but you can change how you react to other people. You can change you!

ANNIE: You oughta seen the way kids made fun of me growin’ up. The other girls was wearin’ frilly little lace dresses and actin’ all fru-fru, then there was dumb old me … wrestlin’ steers and jumpin’ in creeks.

LYDIA: What’d you do?

ANNIE: I tried actin’ like a proper lady but I kept spillin’ my tea and bustin’ my crumpets. I decided to be somebody I’d never been before!


ANNIE: Me! I became me, girl! And you know what? I became the best gosh-derned me I’d ever seen! They respect me now!


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