Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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1972: The Future of Sex

A devised play about three couples having sex for the first time – and a country on the brink of a sexual awakening.

Sister Suzie Cinema

The Collected Poems and Performances 1976-1986

A 'doo-wop opera' inspired by Lee Breuer's coming of age amidst the pop culture of the 50s.

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Artefacts

Sixteen-year-old Kelly has never known her Dad. It turns out he's from Iraq, which her mum never mentioned, and he's brought an ancient Mesopotamian vase as some kind of present. But Kelly doesn't want a vase, she wants her dad to stay and get to know her. It's not the reunion either of them expected and for Kelly it's the beginning of an epic and dangerous journey.

Earthquakes in London

An epic rollercoaster of a play travelling from 1968 to 2525 and back again, driven by an all-pervasive fear of the future and a guilty pleasure in the excesses of the present.

Ballad of Yachiyo

A dramatic tale of a young Japanese girl's sexual awakening, and ultimate social downfall, in Hawaii's harsh sugar-cane plantation system of the early twentieth century.

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Sleep Deprivation Chamber

A gripping examination of the conflicting realities of the black experience of twentieth-century America.

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A Fair Country

A play in the tradition of Arthur Miller: an impassioned exploration of the impact of politics on an American family.

Mizlansky/Zilinsky

A play about the desperate cases lurking unsuccessfully on the fringes of the movie world.

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Secrets (stage version)

 An adaptation for the stage of Jacqueline Wilson's popular novel.

August: Osage County

A hugely-acclaimed black comedy exposing the dark side of the Midwestern American family. 

Far from the Madding Crowd (stage version)

By Thomas Hardy Adapted by Mark Healy

A smouldering adaptation of Thomas Hardy's enduring novel about a spirited and feisty young woman who finds herself playing mistress in a man's world.

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Dracula (stage version)

Acclaimed poet and playwright Liz Lochhead's Dracula stays refreshingly close to Bram Stoker's classic novel.

Jerusalem

Jez Butterworth's hugely acclaimed, prize-winning play - a comic, contemporary vision of life in England's green and pleasant land.

Arabian Nights (RSC stage version)

A simple and delightfully inventive re-telling of the stories from the Arabian Nights.

Scottish Shorts

Edited by Philip Howard

A collection of nine very different short plays by three remarkable generations of Scottish writers, ideal performance in studio theatres and at festivals.

Ruined

A passionate, heartfelt play about surviving in a time of civil war, by a leading American dramatist. Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Anne Boleyn

A celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn dramatises the life and legacy of Henry VIII's notorious second wife, who helped change the course of the nation's history.

Me, As A Penguin

A charmingly offbeat, surreal comedy of knitting, penguins and Battenberg.

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