Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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When They Go Low

A play about everyday feminism, consent and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. Written for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

When the Rain Stops Falling

A heartrending drama about family, betrayal and forgiveness, spanning four generations and two hemispheres. From the writer of the award-winning film Lantana.

When the Daffodils

A searching portrait of human kindness in a world that sets limits on how we care for the vulnerable. First performed as part of the Orange Tree Theatre's Inside/Outside season of short plays.

Published in volume Inside/Outside

    When the Crows Visit

    A dark and thrilling play inspired by true events in modern-day India, exploring the themes of Ibsen's Ghosts and the cyclical nature of oppression.

    When Cows Go Boom

    A short play by Stacey Gregg, an oblique parable of love set against the backdrop of a horrific landscape.

    Published in volume Irish Shorts

      What We Know

      A funny, painful and deeply moving play about loss - and cooking.

      What the Constitution Means to Me

      An acclaimed play tracing the effect that the US Constitution has had on four generations of women in the author's family. A finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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      What Shadows

      A searing look at identity and immigration within a bitterly divided country.

      What Love Is

      A short play about caring for your parents.

      Published in volume Sex & God

        What is the Custom of Your Grief?

        A short play by Timberlake Wertenbaker about an English schoolgirl who is befriended online by an Afghan girl after her brother is killed while on active duty in Afghanistan.

        What If If Only

        Your partner's died, could things have been different? A short play by Caryl Churchill, published with another short piece, Air.

        What I Meant Was

        A major collection from one of the most popular gay playwrights in America.

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        What I (Don't) Know About Autism

        A sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking journey into the world of autism, mixing narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter.

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        The Whale and A Bright New Boise: two plays

        Two plays from an American playwright whose bighearted and funny plays explore the quiet desperation running through many American lives. The Whale was later adapted into the 2022 feature film directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Brendan Fraser.

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        The Wexford Trilogy

        Set in a snooker club, a betting shop and a local church, each play introduces a mix of young cornerboys, old cowboys and chancers of any age in a lyrical, poignant and often hilarious account of lost dreams and thwarted ambitions.

        Wendy & Peter Pan

        By Ella Hickson Original author J.M. Barrie

        A refreshingly modern version of J.M. Barrie's much-loved story that puts the character of Wendy firmly centre stage.

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        Wellington 24

        An upbeat and empowering World War II tale about teamwork, collaboration and beating the odds. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by and appeal to young people.

        Michael Weller: Five Plays

        A collection of plays from the American writer whose screenplays include Hair and Ragtime.

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