Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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The Desert Air

A wartime comedy set in Cairo.

Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

    A Night in November

    The multi-award-winning playwright explores the subjects of football and sectarianism, set during the 1994 World Cup.

      misterman (2001 edition)

      A strange and haunting monologue from the acclaimed Irish playwright.


        By Molière Adapted by Liz Lochhead

        A rollicking Scots version of Molière's classic of political satire and black comedy.

        Published in volume Miseryguts & Tartuffe


          A strange and beguiling monologue about a loner obsessed with a malign companion called Mongoose.

          Published in volume Singular Male Voices

            Cold Comfort

            A powerful monologue about an Irish labourer living in London who returns home to Belfast to have a last, drunken 'conversation' with his recently dead father.

            Published in volume Singular Male Voices


              A blistering monologue set in Scotland in the near future, when Europe is at war with America, and Scotland suffers collateral damage in the clash of civilisations.

              Published in volume Singular Male Voices


                A short play that tells the true story of Shirley Jones, who kills her baby boy, Jordan, rather than have him taken away by his abusive father.

                Published in volume Singular Female Voices

                  The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

                  The alternating stories of two women (played by the same actress), both of whom 'lose' their sons - one murdered, the other a runaway.

                  Published in volume Singular Female Voices

                    Unsuspecting Susan

                    A monologue play about a middle-aged woman whose adult son has converted to Islam.

                    Published in volume Singular Female Voices

                      On Insomnia and Midnight

                      By Edgar Chías Translated by David Johnston

                      In a mountain hotel an ailing guest and nervous chambermaid strike up an uneasy friendship.

                      Published in volume Mexican Plays

                        The Sánchez Huerta Girl Killed Herself

                        By Claudia Ríos Translated by Roxana Silbert

                        After a young girl's suicide, her parents meet for the first time in years at the school where she died.

                        Published in volume Mexican Plays


                          Cabron (the Bastard) isn't having a good day. His scams aren't going well. Thank god for the Seven-Eleven and its constant supply of hot-dogs.

                          Published in volume Mexican Plays

                            Little Certainties

                            Mario is missing, presumed dead. In the town of Tijuana, his brother and sister make a shocking discovery about Mario and his secrets.

                            Published in volume Mexican Plays

                              Used Blood Junkyard

                              Làzaro, his mates and his porn-star girlfriend are 'art terrorists'... Can anything stop their killing spree?

                              Published in volume Mexican Plays

                                Disco Pigs

                                Enda Walsh's breakthrough play, a fast and formally inventive portrait of two teenage Irish misfits

                                Published in volume Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin


                                  A farce about a touring theatre troupe, written to accompany The Browning Version in a double-bill under the joint title, Playbill.

                                  Published in volume The Browning Version

                                    St Petersburg

                                    A haunting, elliptical play by a talented writer from Northern Ireland.

                                    Published in volume St Petersburg and other plays