Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Last Letters Home

A short monologue play for a female performer.

Published in volume Here I Belong

    Circle Mirror Transformation

    A quiet masterpiece tracing the lives of five strangers who come together in a community centre in Vermont, New England, for a series of creative drama classes for adults.

    Published in volume The Vermont Plays


      A short play set in a Westminster dressing room, as Prime Minister Dave prepares for his first ever bout of Prime Minister's Questions.

      Published in volume Ella Hickson Plays: One

        Wilderness (short play)

        A short play about a patient and her psychiatrist as they head into the wilderness to find out how sane any of us really are.


          A short play about three young Israelis caught up in a hostage situation.

          Published in volume One Jewish Boy

            Distant Early Warning

            A short play set in 2053 in what was once Greenland.

            Published in volume A Hundred Words for Snow

              War and Peace Gaza Piece

              A short play about war and family life.

              Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Five

                Tickets are Now On Sale

                A short play about sponsorship and the arts.

                Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Five

                  Beautiful Eyes

                  A short play about a family divided by politics, first performed in the week of Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017.

                  Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Five

                    Isolated But Open

                    Voices from Across The Shutdown

                    By various

                    Twelve new monologues written in response to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020 as part of Papatango's scheme to inspire creativity and share brilliant new stories.


                    A timely, unsettling and powerful play from one of the UK's most prominent trans voices.


                      40 Days

                      A play exploring the impact of state violence on Black and brown children.


                        A dark and frequently absurdist play about how we have treated those we call 'mentally ill'.

                        Published in volume Medicine & The Same: two plays

                          The Same

                          A play about two women who meet in a psychiatric institution.

                          Published in volume Medicine & The Same: two plays

                            Last Easter

                            A funny, moving and provocative drama about the true nature of friendship.

                            • Paperback

                            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.

                            • Paperback


                            A resonant and surreal short piece published alongside What If If Only.

                            Published in volume What If If Only

                              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