Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Refractions: Scenes

A collection of scenes from a wide range of contemporary works by Canadian playwrights, reflecting Canada's artistic landscape through a breadth of themes, styles, cultures, regions, and creative practices.

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

The archetypal student-teacher romance is cleverly turned on its head for the post-#MeToo era in this striking play by an acclaimed Canadian playwright.

After Life

By Jack Thorne Original author Hirokazu Kore-eda

A surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives, and a haunting meditation on what it is to live – and to die.

My Family and Other Animals (stage version)

A delightful and inventive stage version of Gerald Durrell's well-loved memoir of a childhood growing up in Corfu.

1984 (stage version)

By George Orwell Adapted by Nick Hern

A bold and powerful dramatisation of George Orwell's classic dystopia, ideal for any school, youth group or amateur company.

The IT

A darkly comic state-of-the-nation play exploring adolescent mental health and the rage within.

Straight White Men & Untitled Feminist Show: two plays

Two compassionately subversive plays about identity, by Young Jean Lee, a Korean American playwright whose work is groundbreaking, humorous and often thrillingly transgressive.

A Christmas Carol (Old Vic stage version)

Charles Dickens' timeless classic, brought to life in a joyous new adaptation by Jack Thorne.

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

By Isobel McArthur Original author Jane Austen

A loving and irreverent all-female adaptation of Jane Austen's unrivalled literary classic, winner of the Best Entertainment or Comedy Play at the Olivier Awards.

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story (stage version)

A spine-tingling stage adaptation that is faithful to the heart and spirit of Charles Dickens' much-loved festive ghost story – with an emphasis on the ghostly.

Samskara

An explosive fusion of text, physical theatre and hip-hop dance exploring vulnerability, emotional trauma and what it means to be a black man in twenty-first-century Britain.

Milk and Gall

A funny, surreal play reflecting the experience of being a new mother under Trump.

The Mirror and the Light (stage version)

The final part of Hilary Mantel's hugely acclaimed Wolf Hall trilogy, adapted by the author with the actor Ben Miles and staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Some Of Us Exist In The Future

An utterly original, wryly funny play about one woman's search for a place to belong in a world that's not all it seems. Joint winner of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize.

Published in volume Papatango Plays

    Ghost Stories from an Old Country

    A riveting and poignant exploration of the ties that bind us, threaded through with captivating fables. Joint winner of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize.

    Published in volume Papatango Plays

      The Silence and the Noise

      A play that beautifully captures the story of two young people on the edge. Joint winner of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize.

      Published in volume Papatango Plays

        Papatango Plays

        Three Prize-Winning Plays

        Three urgent and compelling plays, joint winners of the 2021 New Writing Prize awarded by acclaimed theatre company Papatango, in partnership with English Touring Theatre.

        Old Bridge

        An epic love story exploring the impact of a war that Europe forgot, and the love and loss of those who lived through it. Winner of the 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize.