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By Mike Bartlett
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848428171, 80 pages, December 2018


"Christmas—isn't that when they come home?"


Andy's forty-three. He loves nostalgic television, pints down the pub, and listening to the whole album from beginning to end. His daughter, Maya, is twenty-one, wears good shoes, likes good arguments, and has a secret plan to bring down the government.

The trouble is, three years ago Maya left home, and they haven't spoken since. But this Christmas, she might be coming back. Andy knows she's going to stay. Maya knows she's not.

Mike Bartlett's play Snowflake is an epic story about generational conflict, fathers and daughters, and whether we're living in the best or worst of times. It premiered at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, in 2018, directed by Clare Lizzimore.


"A masterfully written generational clash lies at the heart of this timely story rich in insight, poignancy and optimism… a seasonal show with a heart and mind. " —Guardian

"Like a really good Christmas film, in play form, with a strong emotional arc… a heart-warming, topical Christmas show for grown ups, constructed with care and craft. " —The Stage

"Terrific, often funny, occasionally heartbreaking. " —Theatrecat

"A winner: warm and funny, but also bracing… Christmas for grown-ups. Excellent stuff. " —The Times