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Maydays (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Edgar Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

Maydays tells the story of the twenty-somethings who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics; of defection from East to West as well as from Left to Right. David Edgar's play is told through...


Trying It On (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Edgar Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

It’s 1968. David is twenty. It is the height of the worldwide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Enoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will...


Rathmines Road (NHB Modern Plays)

by Deirdre Kinahan Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

Will truth out?

Set over one evening, Rathmines Road by Deirdre Kinahan is a play that rages in a tiny room. Fraught, funny and ferocious, it testifies to the pain of carrying the memory of sexual assault throughout...


The Sweet Science of Bruising (NHB Modern Plays)

by Joy Wilkinson Nick Hern Books (October 12, 2018)

London, 1869. Four very different Victorian women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected...


Valued Friends (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Valued Friends is a comedy of manners about the property market which won both the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards when it was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1989.

Four people...


The Clink (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

A riotously funny satirical farce in the tradition of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Shakespeare in Love, from the author of The Libertine.

Elizabeth I is tottering at death's door. Conspirators are...


A Going Concern (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

A play about a washed-up family business, from the author of The Libertine.

1966. The technological revolution has not yet reached Chapel & Sons, an ailing family business making billiard tables. In the dilapidated...


Interruptions (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Interruptions is inspired by Stephen Jeffreys’ interest in the collective aspect of politics and his fascination with the Japanese aesthetic principle of Jo-ha-kyu. The play was first performed at UC Davis,...


Finsbury Park (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Published here for the first time, Finsbury Park is a very likable, short autobiographical monologue, that was first performed as part of the Come to Where I'm From festival at the Park Theatre, London, in 2016....


The Fishermen (NHB Modern Plays)

by Chigozie Obioma & Gbolahan Obisesan Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they keep coming back until one day a madman’s prophecy changes...


Stephen Jeffreys: Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephen Jeffreys Nick Hern Books (July 27, 2018)

A selection of the best work of Stephen Jeffreys, whose career stretches from an award-winning play at the National Student Drama Festival in 1977 through to an adaptation of The Alchemist for the RSC in 2016....


CLASS (NHB Modern Plays)

by Iseult Golden & David Horan Nick Hern Books (July 27, 2018)

Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently separated – never liked school, never liked...


Blackthorn (NHB Modern Plays)

by Charley Miles Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them.

Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play Blackthorn...


Drip Feed & The Half Of It (NHB Modern Plays)

by Karen Cogan Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Two rich and startling monologues from award-winning actor and playwright Karen Cogan.

Cork, 1998. An obsessive odyssey through the city. Dancing on tables, 3 a.m. breakfast rolls and waking up, polluted, on...


How to Spot an Alien (NHB Modern Plays)

by Georgia Christou Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? Twelve-year-old Jelly and her brother, Jonjo, have their suspicions. She won’t let them...


The Political History of Smack and Crack (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ed Edwards Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Crackling with anger, humour and authenticity, Ed Edwards’ play The Political History of Smack and Crack chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism.

Shot...


The Prisoner (NHB Modern Plays)

by Peter Brook & Marie-Hélène Estienne Nick Hern Books (August 06, 2018)

Somewhere in the world, a man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and why is he there? Is it a choice, or a punishment?

With The Prisoner, the internationally renowned theatre director Peter Brook and his...


Grotty & Brute: Two Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Izzy Tennyson Nick Hern Books (May 14, 2018)

Two unflinching plays from exciting new writer and performer, Izzy Tennyson.

Grotty is a dark and savage exploration of the London lesbian scene. A couple of little sad old basements that drip with sweat and...


The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (NHB Modern Plays)

by Chris Bush & Matt Winkworth Nick Hern Books (May 04, 2018)

A shocking crime divides the nation. Fingers are pointed, sides are drawn, facts are hard to come by. Why did this happen? How do we move on? What must we remember?

It’s easy to have an opinion online, safe...


Gut (NHB Modern Plays)

by Frances Poet Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year-old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust in...


Mayfly (NHB Modern Plays)

by Joe White Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Ben thinks his family might be better off without him, but his wife Cat has read her stars: ‘Today a very special person will appear from out the blue.’

Their daughter Loops is getting ready for a date. It’s...


Ella Hickson Plays: One (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ella Hickson Nick Hern Books (May 15, 2018)

When her first play, Eight, transferred from student theatre in Edinburgh to the West End and then New York, Ella Hickson was still in her early twenties. She has since built on that promise with a series of...


The Writer (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ella Hickson Nick Hern Books (April 26, 2018)

A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story.

Ella Hickson's new play,...


Nine Night (NHB Modern Plays)

by Natasha Gordon Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Family, food, music and mourning.

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death...


Plastic (NHB Modern Plays)

by Kenneth Emson Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

Kev used to be captain of the school football team. Scored the winner in the All-Essex Schools Cup Final. He used to have a girlfriend called Lisa; she wore a fitted blazer, and lit up the playground.

Ben used...


Secret Life of Humans (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Byrne Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

In 1949, scientist and mathematician Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a hidden, locked room in his house.

Fifty years later, his grandson discovers the secrets contained in the room, unearthing echoes from across...


The Mikvah Project (NHB Modern Plays)

by Josh Azouz Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

A playful and poignant play about two men who meet every Friday in a north-west London Mikvah, a traditional Jewish pool used for ritual cleansing.

Avi is married but childless. Eitan’s voice is breaking and...


Misty (NHB Modern Plays)

by Arinzé Kene Nick Hern Books (March 23, 2018)

An epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and underground soul of inner-city London.

Arinzé Kene's Misty is an inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, confronting...


Old Fools (NHB Modern Plays)

by Tristan Bernays Nick Hern Books (March 23, 2018)

The story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order.

Tristan Bernays’ Old Fools is a surprising and touching play...


Buggy Baby & The Mikvah Project: Two Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Josh Azouz Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

Two plays showcasing the exciting and distinctive voice of Josh Azouz.

Buggy Baby is a horror comedy about trying to build a normal life when nothing about life is normal.

Jaden, Nur and baby Aya have escaped...


Acceptance (NHB Modern Plays)

by Amy Ng Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

‘We’re supposed to be assessing their potential as college students, not conducting a quasi-criminal investigation.’

Out of 37,451 applicants to Eliot University, Angela stands out – but not for the right...


Peep (NHB Modern Plays)

by Jodi Gray Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

A darkly comic, claustrophobic tale of voyeurism and sexual politics.

In an apartment somewhere, May and Caitlin are on a mission to take back the looking. Up here, away from the prying, away from the eyes, they...


The Unmanageable Sisters (NHB Modern Plays)

by Michel Tremblay & Deirdre Kinahan Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

Green Shield stamps, a million of them, and Ger Lawless has won them all. It’s Ballymun, it’s 1973 and she’s got 15 friends round for a stamp-sticking party.

Over one night, the lives of 15 women collide...


The Approach (NHB Modern Plays)

by Mark O'Rowe Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Listen carefully…

Three women.

Three conversations.

As the details of what they share begin to diverge, we realise that a subtle game of survival is being played.

Both psychological puzzle and quietly devastating...


Cornermen (NHB Modern Plays)

by Oli Forsyth Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Mickey and his team of cornermen never seem to have much luck in the boxing world. The fighters they manage always end up losing and, after a disastrous last outing, no one wants to work with them.

All that changes...


Again (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephanie Jacob Nick Hern Books (February 20, 2018)

A once close-knit family of four is reunited after a long period of estrangement. This time, this time, it must go right.

In this touching and comic drama, Stephanie Jacob delves into the turmoil, love and compromises...


The Shadow Factory (NHB Modern Plays)

by Howard Brenton Nick Hern Books (February 20, 2018)

Autumn 1940. The Battle of Britain rages.

Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire. But, in one of many devastating raids on the town, the Luftwaffe destroy the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire...


Tumulus (NHB Modern Plays)

by Christopher Adams Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

Young men are dying and everyone assumes they’re just casualties of London’s chemsex scene. Everyone, that is, but Anthony, who is determined to investigate.

Christopher Adams' play Tumulus is a chilling,...


Glitter Punch (NHB Modern Plays)

by Lucy Burke Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A gritty, coming-of-age drama about first love.

Critically acclaimed during its run at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lucy Burke’s Glitter Punch – set in Greater Manchester – charts a troubling new...


Burkas and Bacon Butties (NHB Modern Plays)

by Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A heart-warming, clash-of-cultures comedy set in a Wigan taxi.

The play follows taxi-driver Ashraf and his twenty-something daughter, Shaz, over the course of a year as they negotiate the ups and downs of living...


Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sami Ibrahim Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

When bereaved mother Mary finds a disembodied arm, a conspiracy builds: maybe her child isn’t quite so dead after all.

Shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award, Sami Ibrahim’s Wind Bit Bitter, Bit...


The Strongbox (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephanie Jacob Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A story of domestic servitude and abuse of power, as authoritarian Kat, her ageing mother, Ma, and their teenaged slave, Maudie, jostle for power – and affection – in their dilapidated London home.

The Strongbox...


A Hundred Words for Snow (NHB Modern Plays)

by Tatty Hennessy Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

Depicting a teenage girl’s solo journey to the North Pole with her father’s ashes, A Hundred Words for Snow is a complex, epic and undulating story by Tatty Hennessy that pitches themes of death and rebirth...


Woman Caught Unaware (NHB Modern Plays)

by Annie Fox Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

A university professor is caught in a storm when an image of her in a changing room is shared online. Exploring how images of women are represented in art and social media, Annie Fox’s Woman Caught Unaware...


Dean McBride (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sonya Hale Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

Set in Croydon, South London, Dean McBride by Sonya Hale is a vivid and poetic story of deprivation, loss and redemption through love, which tells the story of Dean, a young man hardened by suffering, who struggles...


Yous Two (NHB Modern Plays)

by Georgia Christou Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Fifteen-year-old Billie has lived with her dad in their little flat for as long as she can remember, but all that’s about to change. She’s got big plans – get Dad a job, sort out her grades, and live in...


Chekhov on Theatre

by Anton Chekhov, Stephen Mulrine, Peter Urban & Jutta Hercher Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

A unique collection of everything that Chekhov wrote about the theatre.

Chekhov started writing about theatre in newspaper articles and in his own letters even before he began writing plays. Later, he wrote in...


Disconnect (NHB Modern Plays)

by Anupama Chandrasekhar Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

An urgent exposé of the realities behind the international call centre.

Your credit card is maxed out, and you hang up the phone on Ross chasing your payments. But Ross is actually Roshan and though the sun...


Heretic Voices (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sonya Hale, Annie Fox & Tatty Hennessy Nick Hern Books (January 30, 2018)

This volume presents the best new writing in monologue form, celebrating unique voices with exceptional stories to tell. These three plays, finalists in the inaugural Heretic Voices competition, were first performed...


Plays from VAULT 3 (NHB Modern Plays)

by Christopher Adams, Lucy Burke, Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley et al. Nick Hern Books (February 15, 2018)

This anthology comprises five of the best plays from VAULT 2018, London’s biggest and most exciting arts festival.

Young men are dying and everyone assumes they’re just casualties of London’s chemsex scene....