Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Some Of Us Exist In The Future

An utterly original, wryly funny play about one woman's search for a place to belong in a world that's not all it seems. Joint winner of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize.

Published in volume Papatango Plays

    Ghost Stories from an Old Country

    A riveting and poignant exploration of the ties that bind us, threaded through with captivating fables. Joint winner of the 2021 Papatango New Writing Prize.

    Published in volume Papatango Plays

      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

        Mum

        A raw and real exploration of early motherhood, from the award-winning writer of Emilia.

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        The Wasp

        A twisting two-hander, a psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Emilia.

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        Belongings

        From the deserts of a modern war to the battleground of a family kitchen, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's explosive play delves into one woman's quest for identity and a place she can call home.

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        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.

            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.

            Bleeding Heart

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

            Red Car, Blue Car

            A heartbreaking short play about guilt, grief and responsibility, written for and performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2011.

            small hours

            A collaborative theatre piece created by playwrights Lucy Kirkwood and Ed Hime with theatre director Katie Mitchell, dissecting the claustrophobic world of a new mother struggling to cope on her own.

            Death of a Cyclist

            A poignant, bleakly comic short monologue told by a woman killed in a cycling accident.

            The Village Church

            A short play about faith, families, and fitting in.

            Baby Dolls

            A futuristic comedy about conception, state control and rebellion.