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Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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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

            Out From Under

            Texts by women performance artists

            Edited by Lenora Champagne By various

            A collection of provocative, ambitious texts by women performance artists.

            Mad Forest

            A play written in response to the Romanian revolution of 1989, exploring the reactions of ordinary people to events.

            The Way We Live Now: American plays and the AIDS crisis

            A collection of dramatic material - plays, extracts from plays and dramatic adaptations - concerning the AIDS epidemic.

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            The Shape of the Table

            An urgent political play about the collapse of an Eastern Bloc government at the end of 1989. Part of David Edgar's post-Cold War trilogy of plays.

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            Love & Science

            This selection of texts makes original and inimitable works of music-theatre accessible to a wide audience for the first time.

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            Pacific Overtures

            Exploring the opening up of Japan to American influence and using motifs from Japanese theatre and music, this is one of Sondheim's most adventurous musicals.

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            New Music: a trilogy

            Three interrelated plays tracing the tangled path of a family's life in a North Carolina town across 37 years, from before the Second World War to the war in Vietnam.



            A dazzlingly entertaining dramatisation of three stories by the celebrated black iconoclast, Zora Heale Hurston: a rich folk tapestry of rural and urban black America in the 20th century.

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            The Guid Sisters and other plays

            Three plays from the renowned Quebecois writer.

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            Manon / Sandra

            A controversial but humane play about an obsessively religious girl and a sex-obsessed transvestite, by the renowned Quebecois writer.

              Albertine in Five Times

              A simultaneous portrait of a woman at five different ages. Five actresses portray Albertine at different times of her life whilst conversing freely with each other and with their sister Madeleine.

                The Guid Sisters

                Germaine Lauzon has won a million Green Shield stamps. She invites her female friends and relations to a party to paste the stamps into the books. The temptation to pilfer the stamps is irresistible and an enormous fight breaks out.

                  Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet

                  Fifty-four monologues and dialogues drawn from ‘found’ stories told by everyday people living everyday lives in East Tennessee and the Appalachia region of the USA.

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