Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Seven Jewish Children

A short play written in response to the situation in Gaza at the time of writing in January 2009.

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Limbo

A monologue play in which a 17-year-old girl tells us the story of her relationship with an older man and what it led to.

Published in volume St Petersburg and other plays

    Catherine Medbh

    A bittersweet and hesitant duologue in a bar between a youngish man and woman who are ex-lovers.

    Published in volume St Petersburg and other plays

      About a Goth

      A short play about a young man who volunteers in old people's homes, and suffers paroxyms of love and hate for the residents.

      Published in volume Me, As A Penguin

        Notes for First Time Astronauts

        A comic monologue warning of the perils of self-abuse in zero gravity conditions.

        Published in volume Me, As A Penguin

          Who is Sylvia?

          Rattigan's play about obsessive love, a bittersweet portayal of his father - and maybe of his own frustrated love life.

          Published in volume Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

            Duologue

            Terence Rattigan's Duologue is a short monologue play for a female actor in which a woman reminisces movingly about her dead husband.

            Published in volume Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

              Spacewang

              A monologue play in which a teenage girl roams the streets of Withernsea in search of aliens.

              Published in volume The Kitchen Sink

                Leavings

                A short monologue play from the author of Jerusalem.

                Published in volume Jez Butterworth Plays: One

                  The Naked Eye

                  A short monologue play from the author of Jerusalem.

                  Published in volume Jez Butterworth Plays: One

                    Prickly Heat

                    A surreal and sensuous comedy by a young Scottish writer-performer.

                    Published in volume First Run

                      Inventing a New Colour

                      A war-time Exeter family takes in an evacuee from London.

                      Published in volume First Run

                        The Letter-Box

                        A short play about domestic abuse, and its terrifying impact on families.

                        Published in volume Scot-Free

                          Elizabeth Gordon Quinn (original Traverse Theatre version)

                          A contemporary classic set during the Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915, with one of the best women's roles ever to emerge from Scottish theatre, an unforgettable tragicomic heroine with an extraordinary power to repel and attract.

                          Published in volume Scot-Free

                            Dead Dad Dog

                            An offbeat short comedy with a political edge, in which an unemployed young man is dogged by his deceased father.

                            Published in volume Scot-Free

                              Writer's Cramp

                              The debut play from the author of The Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti, taking satirical swipes at Anglo-Scottish cultural pretensions.

                              Published in volume Scot-Free

                                Saturday at the Commodore

                                A short solo play from the award-winning Scottish playwright, in which an Aberdonian woman remembers a painful teenage betrayal.

                                Published in volume Scot-Free

                                  The Steamie

                                  A celebration of women's work in a Glasgow wash-house set on Hogmanay.

                                  Published in volume Scot-Free