Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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The Unfriend

A hilarious and satirical play about middle-class England's disastrous instinct always to appear nice, from the writer behind the internationally successful television shows Doctor Who and Sherlock.

The Last of the Pelican Daughters

A comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother's death.

Isolated But Open

Voices from Across The Shutdown

Ten new monologues written in response to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020 as part of Papatango's scheme to inspire creativity and share brilliant new stories.

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Sauce and All Honey: Two Plays

Two plays from an award-winning Irish playwright.

Slave Play

A play that rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in twenty-first-century America.

Rockets and Blue Lights

The Alfred Fagon Award-winning play that retells British history through the prism of the slave trade.

Maggie May

An extraordinary drama about an ordinary family who must balance the challenges of daily life whilst living with dementia.

Jez Butterworth Plays: Two

Three extraordinary plays by one of the most audacious and talented playwrights of our times: Jerusalem, The River and The Ferryman. Plus his short film The Clear Road Ahead, and a conversation with playwright Simon Stephens.

Daughter

A darkly satirical monologue about fatherhood, love and toxic masculinity.

The Clear Road Ahead

An epic short about rebirth, from the author of Jerusalem and The Ferryman.

Published in volume Jez Butterworth Plays: Two

    Run Sister Run

    A witty and heartfelt play about two sisters, exploring family, class and dependence.

    seeds

    A play about two mothers united in sorrow, sharing the hardship of protecting their sons – one in life, and one in death.

    Antlia Pneumatica

    A haunting tale of loss and friendship, blurring the lines between the real and surreal, from the author of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.

    How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

    A deliciously adventurous play that confronts the question of whether monogamy is enough to ensure a happy marriage.

    Plays for the Public

    A volume of plays by the founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater.

    Concord Floral

    The Decameron meets I Know What You Did Last Summer in a supernatural thriller of suburban teenagers fleeing a mysterious plague, from an award-winning Canadian playwright.

    Mother's Daughter

    The stunning third part of Kate Hennig's powerful Queenmaker Trilogy, retelling the stories of three Tudor queens of England, in contemporary settings.

    The Virgin Trial

    The second part of Kate Hennig's powerful Queenmaker Trilogy, retelling the stories of three Tudor queens of England, in contemporary settings.