Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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A Single Act

A subtle and menacing play about life after a terrorist outrage.

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Singer

An epic fable of post-war Britain, told with lurid and exhilarating energy.

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The Silence and the Noise

A play that beautifully captures the story of two young people on the edge. Joint winner of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize.

Published in volume Papatango Plays

    Sight Unseen and other plays

    Five plays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

    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

      Shush

      A funny and insightful play about the power of female friendship.

      Shoot the Crow

      An endearing yet hard-hitting comic portrait of how the need to work gets in the way of living.

      Shook

      A tender and honest play examining the young men society shuts away. Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize.

      Shipwrecked!

      A story about the nature of storytelling, based on a Victorian hoaxer's tale of being a castaway in the South Pacific - complete with buried treasure, a giant killer octopus, and cannibals.

      The Shipment and Lear: two plays

      Two plays by Korean-American theatre practitioner and writer Young Jean Lee, who here 'confirms herself as one of the best experimental playwrights in America' (Timeout New York).

      The Shipment

      The Shipment is a provocative look at African-American identity in today's not-quite post-racial society.

        Shining Souls

        A riotously funny comedy with a gallery of unforgettable characters, published here in a revised version alongside its revival at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, in 2003.

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        Shining City

        A brilliant, haunting play from the multi-award-winning author of The Weir.

        Shimmer and other texts

        Three hard-hitting, gritty monologues.

        Shimmer

        Surrounded by rain, rivers, lochs and floods, three generations of memory and experience ebb and flow through this lyrical play.

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        Shibboleth

        An exhilarating and unsentimental exploration of working-class life in Belfast.

        The Shed

        A short monologue play exploring the power that a carer can exert over a wheelchair user's life, commissioned by the BBC as part of CripTales, a television series marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the UK's Disability Discrimination Act.

        Published in volume CripTales: Six Monologues

          The Shape of the Table

          An urgent political play about the collapse of an Eastern Bloc government at the end of 1989. Part of David Edgar's post-Cold War trilogy of plays.

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