Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 19-36 of 1,556 items.

Manon / Sandra

A controversial but humane play about an obsessively religious girl and a sex-obsessed transvestite, by the renowned Quebecois writer.

    Albertine in Five Times

    A simultaneous portrait of a woman at five different ages. Five actresses portray Albertine at different times of her life whilst conversing freely with each other and with their sister Madeleine.

      Low in the Dark

      A witty and absurdist play that dismantles the myths of motherhood and exposes the sexism of language and religious imagery.

      Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

        Misogynist

        A powerful anatomy of misogyny, by 'one of the most significant new Irish writers of his generation' (Sunday Times).

        Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

          The Hamster Wheel

          When one partner in a marriage becomes unable to look after themselves and is completely dependent on the other, what happens to the relationship between them?

          Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

            Fugue

            A psychological horror story about a woman suffering a mental breakdown, from the award-winning author of Iron.

              A Mouthful of Birds

              A collaborative piece written with David Lan, combining words and dance. Inspired by Euripides' Bacchae, the play explores modern experiences of 'possession, violence and other states where people feel beside themselves'.

              Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Three

                Sucking Dublin

                A fierce and uncompromising short play about a group of five individuals tormented by a rape in a claustrophobic, drug-infested Dublin.

                Published in volume Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin

                  Acts

                  A short play about an old couple whose son returns after years of absence.

                  Published in volume Family: three plays

                    The Visitor

                    A short play about a schoolmaster on the verge of retirement, confronted by a mysterious young man wishing to pay his respects.

                    Published in volume Family: three plays

                      Lost

                      The second play in Robert Holman's acclaimed trilogy of short plays, Making Noise Quietly.

                        Making Noise Quietly (short play)

                        The third in Robert Holman's acclaimed trilogy of short plays, also called Making Noise Quietly.

                          Being Friends

                          The first of the three plays that make up Robert Holman's acclaimed dramatic trilogy Making Noise Quietly.

                            Amphibians

                            A rite-of-passage play in which a twelve-year-old boy spends the night alone on an island.

                            Published in volume The Cavalcaders and Amphibians

                              Belfry

                              A deeply moving tale about what lies beneath the surface of everyday lives.

                              Published in volume The Wexford Trilogy

                                Treetops

                                A play about the early resistance to policies of apartheid or racial segregation in Cape Town, South Africa, in the 1950s.

                                Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

                                  One Fine Day

                                  A play about the gulf that separates Britain and Black Africa.

                                  Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

                                    The Custom of the Country

                                    Fletcher and Massinger's bawdy Jacobean drama is transposed to 1890s Johannesburg.

                                    Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays