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One Good Beating (NHB Modern Plays)

by Linda Mclean

A remarkably vivid picture of one merciless family and three desperate lives.

A blackly comic play about a grown-up brother and sister who exact revenge on their violent father. Locking him in the coalshed as...

Coming Clean (NHB Modern Plays)

by Kevin Elyot

The stunning first play from the author of My Night With Reg.

Winner of the Samuel Beckett Award

'A very funny and acute comedy about the gay life' - Sunday Times

'in time, it will be recognised as the first...

Distracted  (NHB Modern Plays)

by Morna Pearson

Avid insect-collector Jamie Purdy and his disintegrating granny are new to the Morayshire caravan park where George-Michael Skinner and his young mother Bunny lives. But this is no ordinary mother and son relationship....

Lazybed (NHB Modern Plays)

by Iain Crichton Smith

A play about a man who cannot, or will not, get out of bed one morning for 'metaphysical reasons'. As the day progresses he is visited by his brother, neighbours, doctor, Death and Immanuel Kant. First staged...

Playing the Game (NHB Modern Plays)

by Bola Agbaje

Election time. The Students' Association needs a new President, and Akousa's achingly cool flatmates are certain she is perfect for the position. How can they persuade her, and how much is she willing to compromise?...

The Good Thief (NHB Modern Plays)

by Conor McPherson

A 45-minute monologue from the multi-award winning author of The Weir.

Winner of the Stewart Parker Award.

Following the misfortunes of a petty criminal whose conscience beats him up when he becomes involved...

Come on Over (NHB Modern Plays)

by Conor McPherson

A short play from the author of The Weir.

A Jesuit priest, sent to investigate a 'miracle' in his home town, re-encounters the woman who loved him thirty years before.

Brothers of Thunder (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ann Marie Di Mambro

Anne Marie Di Mambro's play is about John, an HIV-positive man, who takes refuge with a Roman Catholic priest. A fragile relationship begins to develop between them until a figure from John's past arrives upon...

Pink (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sam Holcroft

Two careers hang in the balance. Self-made millionaire Kim Keen is one of the most successful businesswomen in the country. As she prepares to launch her latest range on national television an unexpected visitor...

Mouth to Mouth (NHB Modern Plays)

by Kevin Elyot

A brilliantly acerbic tragi-comedy from the author of My Night With Reg.

At a homecoming party for Dennis and Laura's teenage son, the reappearance of an old family friend throws up secrets from the past and...

Stacy (NHB Modern Plays)

by Jack Thorne

Rob finds life confusing in a world of unwritten rules. If there's no one around to tell him right from wrong, except for a copy of FHM and a call-centre supervisor, he just has to guess. But he's never been...

54% Acrylic (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Harrower

When a young woman shoplifts for the first time, the store detective decides to give chase, but just how far is he prepared to go? This play was first staged at the Tron in Glasgow in 2010.

Bloody Wimmin' (NHB Modern Plays)

by Lucy Kirkwood

The protests at Greenham Common were a political landmark of the eighties. But how much did Greenham impact on the fight for nuclear disarmament, the progress of the women's movement and the culture of protest...

Wormwood (NHB Modern Plays)

by Catherine Czerkawska

A poetic and heart-rending play written in response to the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Wormwood homes in on the experience of Natalya, a scientist and the only member of her family to survive....

Better Days Better Knights (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stanley Eveling

A sweet-hearted tale of a washed-up knight-of-old, from the grandfather of modern Scottish playwriting.

The Importance of Being Alfred (NHB Modern Plays)

by Louise Welch

Twenty-three years after his affair with Oscar Wilde, Lord Alfred Douglas enters a conspiracy with a prominent homophobe…

This play was first staged at Oran Mor, Glasgow in 2005.

Handbagged (NHB Modern Plays)

by Moira Buffini

For over a decade Margaret Thatcher met the Queen for a weekly audience. With all her previous Prime Ministers the Queen enjoyed a fairly informal relationship, but with Mrs Thatcher, things were different....

The Day I Stood Still (NHB Modern Plays)

by Kevin Elyot

A poignantly funny drama from the author of My Night With Reg.

In the 60s, Horace, Jerry and Judy were teenagers. They were into drink, drugs, Hendrix, The Hobbit and, of course, each other. Thirty years later,...

Acting Leader (NHB Modern Plays)

by Joy Wilkinson

After the sudden death of John Smith, Margaret Beckett finds herself hurled into the position of Acting Leader of the Opposition, and the sole female candidate in the race to lead the party. She embarks on her...

Rum and Vodka (NHB Modern Plays)

by Conor McPherson

A play from the multi-award winning author of The Weir.

A young Irishman with a drink problem tells of three momentous days in his life when his drab nine-to-five existence is obliterated in an escapist binge...