Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 37-54 of 1,521 items.

Being Friends

The first of the three plays that make up Robert Holman's acclaimed dramatic trilogy Making Noise Quietly.

    Amphibians

    A rite-of-passage play in which a twelve-year-old boy spends the night alone on an island.

    Published in volume The Cavalcaders and Amphibians

      Belfry

      A deeply moving tale about what lies beneath the surface of everyday lives.

      Published in volume The Wexford Trilogy

        Treetops

        Set in Cape Town in 1952, Treetops offers an arresting view of Nicholas Wright's own rebellious boyhood in his native South Africa.

        Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

          One Fine Day

          A play about the gulf that separates Britain and Black Africa.

          Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

            The Custom of the Country

            Fletcher and Massinger's bawdy Jacobean drama is transposed to 1890s Johannesburg.

            Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

              The Desert Air

              A wartime comedy set in Cairo.

              Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

                A Night in November

                The multi-award-winning playwright explores the subjects of football and sectarianism, set during the 1994 World Cup.

                  misterman (2001 edition)

                  A strange and haunting monologue from the acclaimed Irish playwright.

                    Tartuffe

                    By Molière Adapted by Liz Lochhead

                    A rollicking Scots version of Molière's classic of political satire and black comedy.

                    Published in volume Miseryguts & Tartuffe

                      Mongoose

                      A strange and beguiling monologue about a loner obsessed with a malign companion called Mongoose.

                      Published in volume Singular Male Voices

                        Cold Comfort

                        A powerful monologue about an Irish labourer living in London who returns home to Belfast to have a last, drunken 'conversation' with his recently dead father.

                        Published in volume Singular Male Voices

                          Brazil

                          A blistering monologue set in Scotland in the near future, when Europe is at war with America, and Scotland suffers collateral damage in the clash of civilisations.

                          Published in volume Singular Male Voices

                            Jordan

                            A short play that tells the true story of Shirley Jones, who kills her baby boy, Jordan, rather than have him taken away by his abusive father.

                            Published in volume Singular Female Voices

                              The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

                              The alternating stories of two women (played by the same actress), both of whom 'lose' their sons - one murdered, the other a runaway.

                              Published in volume Singular Female Voices

                                Unsuspecting Susan

                                The story of Susan - whose life revolves around her dogs, am-dram, bell-ringing and village gossip - and her adult son who's converted to Islam.

                                Published in volume Singular Female Voices

                                  On Insomnia and Midnight

                                  By Edgar Chías Translated by David Johnston

                                  In a mountain hotel an ailing guest and nervous chambermaid strike up an uneasy friendship.

                                  Published in volume Mexican Plays

                                    The Sánchez Huerta Girl Killed Herself

                                    By Claudia Ríos Translated by Roxana Silbert

                                    After a young girl's suicide, her parents meet for the first time in years at the school where she died.

                                    Published in volume Mexican Plays