Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 1-18 of 1,517 items.

Eurydice

Alice in Wonderland meets Greek myth in this playful, heart-breaking American take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption.

    Limbo

    A monologue play in which a 17-year-old girl tells us the story of her relationship with an older man and what it led to.

    Published in volume St Petersburg and other plays

      Catherine Medbh

      A bittersweet and hesitant duologue in a bar between a youngish man and woman who are ex-lovers.

      Published in volume St Petersburg and other plays

        About a Goth

        A short play about a young man who volunteers in old people's homes, and suffers paroxyms of love and hate for the residents.

        Published in volume Me, As A Penguin

          Notes for First Time Astronauts

          A comic monologue warning of the perils of self-abuse in zero gravity conditions.

          Published in volume Me, As A Penguin

            Who is Sylvia?

            Obsessed with a girl called Sylvia, whom he kissed just once at a garden party when he was 17, Mark makes a habit of pursuing physically identical girls for the rest of his life - despite having a wife and growing son.

            Published in volume Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

              Duologue

              Terence Rattigan's Duologue is a short monologue play for a female actor in which a woman reminisces movingly about her dead husband.

              Published in volume Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

                Spacewang

                A monologue play in which a teenage girl roams the streets of Withernsea in search of aliens.

                Published in volume The Kitchen Sink

                  Leavings

                  A short monologue play from the author of Jerusalem.

                  Published in volume Jez Butterworth Plays: One

                    The Naked Eye

                    A short monologue play from the author of Jerusalem.

                    Published in volume Jez Butterworth Plays: One

                      Prickly Heat

                      A surreal and sensuous comedy by a young Scottish writer-performer.

                      Published in volume First Run

                        Inventing a New Colour

                        A war-time Exeter family takes in an evacuee from London.

                        Published in volume First Run

                          The Letter-Box

                          A short play about domestic abuse, and its terrifying impact on families.

                          Published in volume Scot-Free

                            Elizabeth Gordon Quinn (1985 version)

                            A contemporary classic set during the Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915, with one of the best women's roles ever to emerge from Scottish theatre, an unforgettable tragicomic heroine with an extraordinary power to repel and attract.

                            Published in volume Scot-Free

                              Dead Dad Dog

                              An offbeat short comedy with a political edge, in which an unemployed young man is dogged by his deceased father.

                              Published in volume Scot-Free

                                Writer's Cramp

                                The debut play from the author of The Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti, taking satirical swipes at Anglo-Scottish cultural pretensions.

                                Published in volume Scot-Free

                                  Saturday at the Commodore

                                  A short solo play from the award-winning Scottish playwright, in which an Aberdonian woman remembers a painful teenage betrayal.

                                  Published in volume Scot-Free

                                    The Steamie

                                    A celebration of women's work in a Glasgow wash-house set on Hogmanay.

                                    Published in volume Scot-Free