Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Seagulls

A woman with an extraordinary gift begins to fear her powers are waning.

Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

    The After-Dinner Joke

    A short play satirising the charity business, written for television. First broadcast on BBC One as part of the BBC's Play for Today series.

    Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

      Schreber's Nervous Illness

      A short play based on the memoirs of a judge who spent ten years in asylums as a schizophrenic.

      Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

        The Judge's Wife

        A short play about justice and retribution, first seen as a BBC television drama.

        Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

          Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen

          A short play set in a dystopian future, where a couple in a tower block hide from the violence and pollution outside.

          Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

            Abortive

            A couple in bed discuss the effect on them of the woman's recent abortion.

            Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

              Mothers Against

              A gripping account of a bitterly fought US governor's election from the Republican perspective. Part of David Edgar's two-play cycle, Continental Divide.

              Published in volume Continental Divide

                Daughters of the Revolution

                A political thriller set in the midst of a bitterly fought US governor's election, from the Democrat perspective. Part of David Edgar's two-play cycle, Continental Divide.

                Published in volume Continental Divide

                  Fair

                  A powerful drama about the potent appeal of far right policies to young people in the UK.

                  Published in volume Fair & Felt Effects: two plays

                    Felt Effects

                    A play that unearths the seismic relationship between two half-sisters and their mother when they are forced together in the A&E ward of the local hospital. Joint-winner of the 2004 Verity Bargate Award.

                    Published in volume Fair & Felt Effects: two plays

                      Tearing the Loom

                      A searing portrait of a community divided against itself, set in a weaver's cottage in County Armagh at the time of the 1798 Rebellion.

                        In a Little World of Our Own

                        A powerful drama about how the conflict in Northern Ireland affects whole families, and of how the violence of the streets is brought into the heart of the home.

                          Fifty Words

                          A searingly honest, beautifully observed portrait of marriage.

                          Published in volume Loving Longing Leaving

                            Side Effects

                            Michael Weller's Fifty Words culminated in one desperate phone call. Side Effects is the story of what happened on the other end of the line.

                            Published in volume Loving Longing Leaving

                              Do Not Disturb

                              Two ex-lovers meet up after an 11-year gap for a nerve-jangling reunion.

                              Published in volume Loving Longing Leaving

                                Enter A Gentleman

                                A 15-minute play based on Restoration playwright Aphra Behn's tempestuous love affair with John Hoyle.

                                Published in volume Fishskin Trousers

                                  Time Spent on Trains

                                  A 15-minute play about childhood, disability and spending time on trains.

                                  Published in volume Fishskin Trousers

                                    Wolf Hall (stage version)

                                    The first part of Mike Poulton’s two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. A thrilling and utterly convincing portrait of a brilliant man embroiled in the lethal, high-stakes politics of the Court of Henry VIII.