Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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A Little Life (stage version)

A bruising and beautiful story of love, the limits of human endurance, and the tyranny of memory, adapted for the stage from Hanya Yanagihara's bestselling novel.

A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction

An innovative one-woman show exploring what it means to be human in an era of ecological disaster.

Es & Flo

A sharply observed, deeply compassionate play celebrating an older lesbian relationship, women coming together to fight for what's right, and the healing power of chosen family.

Prima Facie: Special Edition

A special edition of the international hit play, featuring the definitive version of the award-winning script, together with colour photos and exclusive additional content.

Jack Thorne Plays: Two

Five plays from 'Britain's hottest playwright and screenwriter' (The Times), showcasing his extraordinary ability to combine electrifying dialogue with heartfelt warmth, candour and humour. Plus two short plays and a revealing introduction by the author.

Whiff Whaff

A savagely funny short play about attitudes to disability and mental health.

Published in volume Jack Thorne Plays: Two


    A powerful and beautifully observed short play for one actor, exploring the impact of the newly established National Health Service on working people's lives in the 1940s and 50s.

    Published in volume Jack Thorne Plays: Two

      Dixon and Daughters

      A powerful play about family and forgiveness, following a woman after her release from prison. Premiered at the National Theatre.

      Deirdre Kinahan: Shorts

      Five Plays

      Five short plays by the award-winning Irish playwright, full of warmth, humour and irrepressible characters.

      Bé Carna

      A short play in which five women reflect on their lives as prostitutes on the streets of Dublin.


      A short play in which two lost souls – a young heroin addict and a reclusive middle-aged farmer – discover a budding friendship in the bogs of Meath.

      Hue & Cry

      A short play in which two Dublin cousins, Damian and Kevin, are reunited for a family funeral in a highly charged encounter full of disillusion, denial and dark laughter.

      An Old Song, Half Forgotten

      A short play about the life and soul of an older actor living in care with Alzheimer's disease.

      Wild Notes

      A play exploring the impact of colonialism through a meeting between Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave and abolitionist who visited Ireland in the 1840s, and a young Irishwoman hoping to emigrate to the country he's running from.

      Sea Creatures

      A haunting play about grief, loss and the power of storytelling.


      A brutal, unflinching and funny portrait of one man's life spiralling out of control, in an age where our idols are Kings and our superheroes Gods.


      A touching play about two teenagers exploring their queer identities.

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      Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) & Antigone: 方

      Two adaptations that transport mythological stories from Ancient Greece to modern-day civilizations. Led by people of colour, these darkly comedic plays from a leading Canadian playwright depict recognizable plights for justice.