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We meet Bally and Billy, children’s entertainers, who have come to put on their show for the children in the school hall.

As they introduce themselves and set up for the show it becomes clear that Bally is the dominant one in the duo. She constantly gets laughs at the expense of the down-trodden, but talented Billy.

Bally and Billy involve the children in some games, stories and tricks with Bally becoming increasingly competitive. Billy decides to lead a co-operative game which Bally doesn’t like. As the show carries on Bally resorts to more name-calling and practical jokes before Billy snaps.

Billy stops the show saying that she’s had enough and leaves with all her things. This utterly surprises and then embarrasses Bally in front of the children. Bally tries to carry on the show without her partner but soon realises she needs Billy more than she thought.

This leads to a discussion with the audience about why Billy has left the show.  After asking for some ideas for getting Billy back, Bally leaves to find her. Meanwhile Billy returns to collect her suitcase and talks to the children about how she is feeling. Bally returns and an argument breaks out before both of them turn to the children for help.

In two groups, the children work with the characters to explore the problems within their friendship. They make suggestions to help them both change their behaviour so they can remain friends.

Bally tries out some of the children’s ideas for making up with Billy and apologises for her bullying behaviour. The show resumes and for the first time, the children see Bally respecting Billy’s feelings and the two of them working together.

At the end of the drama the children are asked to write a letter to Bally to remind her of how she has promised to change and treat her friend.

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