Absent Friends is a 1974 play by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. When Colin, a friend who has been absent, comes back to his circle of friends, his friends are worried about how to approach him over the death of his fiancée, Carol (who has drowned). Diana organizes a tea party for Colin's arrival. The characters are shown to have interrelationship tensions and this is near erupting when Colin arrives, heightening the tension when they all have to appear friendly towards him. However Colin seems euphorically happy while the rest of the party are near breaking point.