A short, tender play about love – and a lost lottery ticket – set in a library.

Synopsis:  Stepping inside a library is a daunting experience for eighteen year old Alan. But he’s on a mission to find his grandfather’s lucky lottery ticket – lost in one of the books. When Alan bumps into Fizz, his former girlfriend, she helps him search. In a race before closing time, they realise how much they share – and gain something both young people are missing, a voice!

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Themes: The play touches on dyslexia – although the word is never actually used. It shows that with shared friendship and kindness, it need never be ‘too late’ to learn.

Through an engaging love story and a race against time, we show what the stigma of a learning difference, such as dyslexia, can mean for adults and young people. The play contrasts different ways of meeting its challenges. The dialogue reveals some of the help that’s available, and the signs to watch for.


FIZZ:   Who is Attention anyway?    

ALAN:   And what do we owe him?    

ALAN/FIZZ:   Nothing! We don’t think in straight lines, we think in fireworks!

Length: 35 – 40 mins

Requirements: A library with enough room to seat an audience, small library table and chair and existing bookshelves.


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The audience liked it because……

“It has great energy, two very engaging characters and a fantastic premise. The way it elaborates the difficulties of growing up with dyslexia is very powerful, and the playful world it evokes would make for an exciting and varied piece of performance.”

Tom Latter, Artistic Director of msft

“I enjoyed it for its sheer bravura and genre-busting good humour” John Retallack (playwright, director and founder Company of Angels)

“The play deals with dyslexia in an informed yet subtle way.…..the language used by Alan is lovely and moving towards the end. …I also like the way it shows his facility with words despite his reading problems.”

Judith Johnston, Lecturer in English and Communication, Clydebank FE College.

“It made me feel lucky that I can read and write.” (12 yr old)

“I liked it because it was funny.” (12 yr old)

“Thought the writing was fantastic, great choice of subject as I had a child who went through dyslexia” (Parent)

“Use of expressive language and metaphors made the message of the play even more powerful. Setting the play in a real library worked extremely well.”

“I don’t know much about dyslexia – this play has given me a good starting point to learn and understand.”

Brought back memories of schooldays, how I wasn’t pushed so didn’t achieve all I could (FE)

Developed with the support of Dyslexia Scotland

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