Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 55-72 of 1,573 items.

While You Lie

A blistering play about our need for honesty in relationships and how it can sometimes bring about their downfall.

Where I'm From

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

    When You Cure Me

    A painful – and painfully funny – play about being very young and in love – and coping with serious illness at the same time.

    When They Go Low

    A play about everyday feminism, consent and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. Written for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

    When the Rain Stops Falling

    A heartrending drama about family, betrayal and forgiveness, spanning four generations and two hemispheres. From the writer of the award-winning film Lantana.

    When the Crows Visit

    A dark and thrilling play inspired by true events in modern-day India, exploring the themes of Ibsen's Ghosts and the cyclical nature of oppression.

    When Cows Go Boom

    A short play by Stacey Gregg, an oblique parable of love set against the backdrop of a horrific landscape.

    Published in volume Irish Shorts

      What We Know

      A funny, painful and deeply moving play about loss - and cooking.

      What Shadows

      A searing look at identity and immigration within a bitterly divided country.

      What Love Is

      A short play about caring for your parents.

      Published in volume Sex & God

        What is the Custom of Your Grief?

        A short play by Timberlake Wertenbaker about an English schoolgirl who is befriended online by an Afghan girl after her brother is killed while on active duty in Afghanistan.

        What I Meant Was

        A major collection from one of the most popular gay playwrights in America.

        What I (Don't) Know About Autism

        A sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking journey into the world of autism, mixing narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter.

        The Whale and A Bright New Boise: two plays

        Two plays from an American playwright whose bighearted and funny plays explore the quiet desperation running through many American lives.

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        The Wexford Trilogy

        Set in a snooker club, a betting shop and a local church, each play introduces a mix of young cornerboys, old cowboys and chancers of any age in a lyrical, poignant and often hilarious account of lost dreams and thwarted ambitions.

        Wendy & Peter Pan

        By Ella Hickson Original author J. M. Barrie

        A refreshingly modern version of J.M. Barrie's much-loved story that puts the character of Wendy firmly centre stage.

        Michael Weller: Five Plays

        A collection of plays from the American writer whose screenplays include Hair and Ragtime.

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        A mother's extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself.