Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Marsha Norman: Four Plays

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'night, Mother comes an unforgettable collection of plays.

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Driving Miss Daisy

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play which became the Oscar-winning film - a delicate depiction of racial tensions and of growing old.

First Run

New Plays by New Writers

Edited by Kate Harwood

Five significant debut plays – first staged in the UK in the late eighties – from writers who have gone on to establish their reputations in major theatres.

Prickly Heat

A surreal and sensuous comedy by a young Scottish writer-performer.

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    Inventing a New Colour

    A war-time Exeter family takes in an evacuee from London.

    Published in volume First Run

      Icecream

      An unsettling look at British attitudes to America and vice versa, from one of our leading dramatists.

      Cloud Nine

      A landmark play about sexual politics in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, in which all our assumptions about sex and gender are stunningly exploded.

      Traps

      An early play by one of our leading dramatists, written before her breakthrough successes with Cloud Nine and Top Girls.

      Ghetto

      By Joshua Sobol Adapted by David Lan

      The true story of the flourishing of a theatre in a wartime Jewish Ghetto.

      Edgar: Shorts

      A collection of shorter plays from stage and television by one of the UK's foremost political playwrights.

      Coastal Disturbances: four plays

      Four plays by Tina Howe: Coastal Disturbances, Museum, The Art of Dining and Painting Churches.

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      Sister Suzie Cinema

      Sister Suzie Cinema is a 'doo-wop opera' inspired by the author's coming of age amidst the pop culture of the 50s.

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      The Gospel at Colonus

      Writing at the end of his own long life, in Oedipus at Colonus Sophocles depicts his doomed hero's final hours; at the moment of his death the aged Oedipus is free at last. Envisaging this meditation on mortality as a rousing service in a black church, Lee Breuer has created a remarkable text based on Robert Fitzgerald's splendid translation.

      Playing for Time

      The extraordinary story of the women's orchestra in Auschwitz, originally filmed for television with Vanessa Redgrave, and adapted for the stage by Miller himself.

      Sunday in the Park with George

      The Pulitzer-winning musical inspired by Georges Seurat's pointillist masterpiece, celebrating the art of creation and the creation of art.

      Shimmer and other texts

      Three hard-hitting, gritty monologues.

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      Scot-Free

      New Scottish Plays

      A collection of seven plays from Scottish writers, reflecting the upsurge in Scottish playwriting in the late twentieth century.

      The Letter-Box

      A short play about domestic abuse, and its terrifying impact on families.

      Published in volume Scot-Free