Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 19-36 of 1,521 items.

Manon / Sandra

A controversial but humane play about an obsessively religious girl and a sex-obsessed transvestite, by the renowned Quebecois writer.

    Albertine in Five Times

    A simultaneous portrait of a woman at five different ages. Five actresses portray Albertine at different times of her life whilst conversing freely with each other and with their sister Madeleine.

      Low in the Dark

      A witty and absurdist play that dismantles the myths of motherhood and exposes the sexism of language and religious imagery.

      Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

        Misogynist

        A powerful anatomy of misogyny, by 'one of the most significant new Irish writers of his generation' (Sunday Times).

        Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

          The Hamster Wheel

          When one partner in a marriage becomes unable to look after themselves and is completely dependent on the other, what happens to the relationship between them?

          Published in volume The Crack in the Emerald

            Fugue

            A psychological horror story about a woman suffering a mental breakdown, from the award-winning author of Iron.

              A Mouthful of Birds

              A collaborative piece written with David Lan, combining words and dance. Inspired by Euripides' Bacchae, the play explores modern experiences of 'possession, violence and other states where people feel beside themselves'.

              Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Three

                Sucking Dublin

                A fierce and uncompromising short play about a group of five individuals tormented by a rape in a claustrophobic, drug-infested Dublin.

                Published in volume Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin

                  Caresses

                  By Sergi Belbel Translated by John London

                  An acclaimed Catalan drama that presesnt a disturbing picture of contemporary Western society set against a background of urban alienation and violence.

                  Published in volume Spanish Plays

                    The Scorched Garden

                    By Juan Mayorga Translated by Nick Darke

                    A play about a group of inmates who have been locked up in a mental hospital since the Spanish Civil War.

                    Published in volume Spanish Plays

                      Bazaar

                      By David Planell Translated by John Clifford

                      A play by young Spanish dramatist David Planell, about the hilarious attempt to get an accident video shown on TV, releasing undercurrents of racism in society.

                      Published in volume Spanish Plays

                        Bleeding Heart

                        A short dark comedy from Spain, in which a naive middle-aged transvestite encounters a petty thief nicknamed 'sour face'.

                        Published in volume Spanish Plays

                          Roundabout

                          A play about obsession and delusion, by a major Spanish dramatist.

                          Published in volume Spanish Plays

                            Wolf Kisses

                            A luminous tale from Spain, about a young woman who returns to her rural village home to await her Parisian lover.

                            Published in volume Spanish Plays

                              Acts

                              A short play about an old couple whose son returns after years of absence.

                              Published in volume Family: three plays

                                The Visitor

                                A short play about a schoolmaster on the verge of retirement, confronted by a mysterious young man wishing to pay his respects.

                                Published in volume Family: three plays

                                  Lost

                                  The second play in Robert Holman's acclaimed trilogy of short plays, Making Noise Quietly.

                                    Making Noise Quietly (short play)

                                    The third in Robert Holman's acclaimed trilogy of short plays, also called Making Noise Quietly.