Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Contemporary Plays by Black British Writers

An anthology of six brilliant plays, celebrating a multiplicity of stories authored by Black playwrights in the UK over the last decade. Selected and introduced by leading theatre director Natalie Ibu.

The Lodger

An enlightening, cathartic and acerbic new play about identity, maturity and reconciliation.

Glee & Me

A touching drama about a teenage girl diagnosed with a brain tumour, an unexpectedly optimistic portrayal of love and the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.

Burgerz

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.

      Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia

      A brutally comic play about home and identity, marriage and survival, blood and feathers.

      Rockets and Blue Lights

      The Alfred Fagon Award-winning play that retells British history through the prism of the slave trade.

      2:22 – A Ghost Story

      A spine-chilling, funny and scary play from the award-winning writer and broadcaster behind the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist.

      Big Big Sky

      A beautifully tender new play that explores nature's influence on love, friendship and family – the belief that anyone who's lost can be found, even in the remotest of places.

      Black Love

      An explosion of form-busting storytelling, combining real-life stories, imagined worlds, and new songs inspired by an R&B heritage.

      Hungry

      A play about food, love, class and grief in a world where there's little left to savour.

      Medicine & The Same: two plays

      Two plays by Enda Walsh: Medicine, a dark and frequently absurdist play about how we have treated those we call 'mentally ill'; and The Same, about two women who meet in a psychiatric institution.

      Still

      Frances Poet's play is a cathartic story of life, loss and joy, full of tenderness and humour, as five Edinburgh souls stagger towards each other and are transformed.

      Medicine

      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

          Lava

          One woman's journey into her own past becomes inextricably linked with the tides of global history in this wickedly funny, strikingly lyrical and explosive debut play. Winner of the 2022 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

          ...cake

          A psychological drama that asks if the cycle of generational trauma can ever be broken. Can queer, Black femmes find love and belonging when the soil beneath them – and the climate around them – is hostile?

          Bach & Sons

          A beautiful, profound and funny play about Johann Sebastian Bach, the irascible and turbulent composer, and his family business.