Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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All Our Children

A moving examination of a terrifying moral dilemma, and a powerful story that shows what it takes for humanity and decency to be restored in a world that has abandoned them.

All the Little Lights

A poignant, moving and darkly funny play about young girls slipping through the cracks in society. Joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.

All the Way Home

A deeply emotional comedy drama from the author of East is East, exploring the relationships we have with our roots, and with those that we love but don't always understand.


A searing dramatic thriller that asks how well we actually know those closest to us, premiered at Hampstead Theatre in June 2016.

Almost Nothing

By Marcos Barbosa Translated by Mark O'Thomas

An unnerving short play by Brazilian playwright Marcos Barbosa.

Published in volume Almost Nothing & At the Table

    Almost Nothing & At the Table

    Two plays

    By Marcos Barbosa Translated by Mark O'Thomas

    Two tense and unnerving short plays from talented Brazilian playwright, Marcos Barbosa.

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    Aloe Aloe

    A provocative short play about parenthood and responsibility, from the author of Mr Incredible and Where Do Little Birds Go?.

    Published in volume Mr Incredible

      Alys, Always (stage version)

      A psychological thriller, adapted for the stage from Harriet Lane's gripping novel.

      Amaryllis & Little Witch

      Two dark fairy tales from Canadian playwright Pascal Brullemans.

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      The America Play and other works

      A volume of work by the innovative African-American playwright, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog.

      Among Unbroken Hearts

      A drug-taking hard man from the city returns home to the Highlands to try to recapture the innocence of his youth.

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      Amongst the Reeds

      Two friends scratch out a living on the margins of society in a play commissioned by acclaimed theatre company Clean Break.


        A rite-of-passage play in which a twelve-year-old boy spends the night alone on an island.

        Published in volume The Cavalcaders and Amphibians


          By Maya Arad Yasur Translated by Eran Edry

          A strikingly original, audacious thriller from a prize-winning Israeli writer.

          The Anarchist

          A gripping, timely, and deeply moving play about protest, democracy and freedom. Winner of the Woven Voices Prize for migrant playwrights, 2022.

          And Then Come The Nightjars

          A tender, frank and funny play about a West Country farm struggling to survive the Foot and Mouth pandemic.

          Andy's Gone

          A contemporary Canadian retelling of the story of Antigone.


          Inspired by the extraordinary true story of the Angel of Kobane, Angel is part of Henry Naylor's Arabian Nightmares trilogy.