Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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The Middlemarch Trilogy: Fred and Mary's Story

Part of The Middlemarch Trilogy, adapted from George Eliot's novel by Geoffrey Beevers. Three interconnected plays, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside.

Published in volume The Middlemarch Trilogy

    James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

    The first part of The James Plays trilogy, exploring the complex character of the colourful Stewart King James I – poet, lover and law-maker.

    Published in volume The James Plays

      James II: Day of the Innocents

      The second part of Rona Munro's The James Plays trilogy, James II: Day of the Innocents depicts a violent royal playground from the perspective of the child King and his contemporaries, in a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.

      Published in volume The James Plays

        James III: The True Mirror

        The third part of Rona Munro's The James Plays trilogy, James III: The True Mirror, like the King himself, is colourful and unpredictable, turning its attention to the women at the heart of the royal court.

        Published in volume The James Plays

          My Friend Duplicity

          A one-act duologue by Enda Walsh which went on to inspire his play Ballyturk.

          Published in volume Enda Walsh Plays: Two

            Room 303

            A short monologue inspired by the Third Epistle of John and first produced by the Bush Theatre, London, as part of the Sixty-Six Books season in 2011.

            Published in volume Enda Walsh Plays: Two

              Bird (Lomas)

              A cutting-edge monologue that throws light on the experience of a teenager in contemporary Britain, from one of the country's most exciting young playwrights.

                Gypsy Girl

                A monologue first performed by Laura Lomas at Soho Theatre, London, on 5 October 2009 as part of Paines Plough's LATER programme.

                  Where I'm From

                  A monologue play about a woman on the day of her release from prison.

                    The Mineola Twins

                    An outrageously satirical play examining women's experience and the women's movement over more than three decades in post-World War II America.

                    Published in volume The Mammary Plays

                      All On Her Own

                      A powerfully atmospheric one-woman play, All On Her Own tells the story of Rosemary who, alone at midnight in London, has a secret burden to share that is both heartbreaking and sinister.

                      Published in volume Harlequinade & All On Her Own

                        Mr Incredible (VAULT version)

                        A monologue about love and entitlement by Camilla Whitehill, author of Where Do Little Birds Go?, who was described by The Times as 'a writer of huge promise'.

                        Published in volume Plays from VAULT

                          Kitchen

                          A short play from the author of Disco Pigs and The Walworth Farce.

                          Published in volume Arlington

                            A Girl's Bedroom

                            A short play from the author of Disco Pigs and The Walworth Farce.

                            Published in volume Arlington

                              One Thousand and One

                              A short play from the author of Mr Incredible and Where Do Little Birds Go?.

                              Published in volume Mr Incredible

                                Aloe Aloe

                                A provocative short play about parenthood and responsibility, from the author of Mr Incredible and Where Do Little Birds Go?.

                                Published in volume Mr Incredible

                                  House

                                  A play about family, culture clash, memory and truth, commissioned by acclaimed theatre company Clean Break.

                                    Amongst the Reeds

                                    Two friends scratch out a living on the margins of society in a play commissioned by acclaimed theatre company Clean Break.