Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 127-144 of 1,588 items.

Amongst the Reeds

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

    Jonesy

    A short play from the author of Jumpers for Goalposts.

    Published in volume Jumpers for Goalposts

      Last Letters Home

      A short monologue play for a female performer.

      Published in volume Here I Belong

        Circle Mirror Transformation

        A quiet masterpiece tracing the lives of five strangers who come together in a community centre in Vermont, New England, for a series of creative drama classes for adults.

        Published in volume The Vermont Plays

          PMQ

          A short play set in a Westminster dressing room, as Prime Minister Dave prepares for his first ever bout of Prime Minister's Questions.

          Published in volume Ella Hickson Plays: One

            Wilderness (April De Angelis)

            A short play about a patient and her psychiatrist as they head into the wilderness to find out how sane any of us really are.

              Three

              A short play about three young Israelis caught up in a hostage situation.

              Published in volume One Jewish Boy

                Distant Early Warning

                A short play set in 2053 in what was once Greenland.

                Published in volume A Hundred Words for Snow

                  War and Peace Gaza Piece

                  A short play about war and family life.

                  Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Five

                    Tickets are Now On Sale

                    A short play about sponsorship and the arts.

                    Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Five

                      Beautiful Eyes

                      A short play about a family divided by politics, first performed in the week of Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017.

                      Published in volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Five

                        Fences

                        The story of Troy Maxson, once a baseball star in the Negro Leagues, now fighting for the right to be first black man to drive a garbage truck in 1950s Pittsburgh.

                        Published in volume The Century Cycle (boxed set)

                          The Clear Road Ahead

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

                          Published in volume Jez Butterworth Plays: Two

                            Isolated But Open

                            Voices from Across The Shutdown

                            Twelve 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.

                            Seven Jewish Children

                            A short play written in response to the situation in Gaza at the time of writing in January 2009.

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                            How These Desperate Men Talk

                            A short play published for the first time, written during the author's time working with European theatremakers.

                            Lynndie's Gotta Gun

                            A short play published for the first time, written during the author's time working with European theatremakers.

                            Wormwood

                            A poetic and heart-rending play written in response to the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.