Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Fair

A powerful drama about the potent appeal of far right policies to young people in the UK.

Published in volume Fair & Felt Effects: two plays

    Felt Effects

    A play that unearths the seismic relationship between two half-sisters and their mother when they are forced together in the A&E ward of the local hospital. Joint-winner of the 2004 Verity Bargate Award.

    Published in volume Fair & Felt Effects: two plays

      Tearing the Loom

      A searing portrait of a community divided against itself, set in a weaver's cottage in County Armagh at the time of the 1798 Rebellion.

        In a Little World of Our Own

        A powerful drama about how the conflict in Northern Ireland affects whole families, and of how the violence of the streets is brought into the heart of the home.

          Fifty Words

          A searingly honest, beautifully observed portrait of marriage.

          Published in volume Loving Longing Leaving

            Side Effects

            Michael Weller's Fifty Words culminated in one desperate phone call. Side Effects is the story of what happened on the other end of the line.

            Published in volume Loving Longing Leaving

              Do Not Disturb

              Two ex-lovers meet up after an 11-year gap for a nerve-jangling reunion.

              Published in volume Loving Longing Leaving

                Enter A Gentleman

                A 15-minute play based on Restoration playwright Aphra Behn's tempestuous love affair with John Hoyle.

                Published in volume Fishskin Trousers

                  Time Spent on Trains

                  A 15-minute play about childhood, disability and spending time on trains.

                  Published in volume Fishskin Trousers

                    Wolf Hall (stage version)

                    The first part of Mike Poulton's two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. A thrilling and utterly convincing portrait of a brilliant man embroiled in the lethal, high-stakes politics of the Court of Henry VIII.

                      Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

                      The second part of Mike Poulton's two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. A thrilling and utterly convincing portrait of a brilliant man embroiled in the lethal, high-stakes politics of the Court of Henry VIII.

                        Fabulation

                        In Fabulation, playwright Lynn Nottage reimagines Esther (the character from her companion play, Intimate Apparel) as Undine, the public relations diva of today, who spirals downward from her swanky Manhattan office to her roots back in Brooklyn.

                          The Shipment

                          The Shipment is a provocative look at African-American identity in today's not-quite post-racial society.

                            Lear

                            Young Jean Lee's Lear is an alternative re-working of Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy, focusing on the king's three daughters.

                              The Middlemarch Trilogy: Dorothea's Story

                              Part of The Middlemarch Trilogy, adapted from George Eliot's novel by Geoffrey Beevers. Three interconnected plays, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside.

                              Published in volume The Middlemarch Trilogy

                                The Middlemarch Trilogy: The Doctor's Story

                                Part of The Middlemarch Trilogy, adapted from George Eliot's novel by Geoffrey Beevers. Three interconnected plays, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside.

                                Published in volume The Middlemarch Trilogy

                                  The Middlemarch Trilogy: Fred and Mary's Story

                                  Part of The Middlemarch Trilogy, adapted from George Eliot's novel by Geoffrey Beevers. Three interconnected plays, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside.

                                  Published in volume The Middlemarch Trilogy

                                    James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

                                    The first part of The James Plays cycle, exploring the complex character of the colourful Stewart King James I – poet, lover and law-maker.

                                    Published in volume The James Plays