Dixon and Daughters — Clean Break



Dixon and Daughters

Written by Deborah Bruce
Directed by Róisín McBrinn
15 April 2023 – 10 June 2023

A Clean Break and National Theatre production
World Premiere

Written by Deborah Bruce
Directed by Róisín McBrinn
National Theatre at Home

From 8 August 2023 

Watch online

Audio-described version

Content warnings and self-care guide
Dixon and Daughters contains references to violence against women and girls including child sexual abuse and domestic violence, and depictions of alcohol addiction. Because these themes might be challenging to engage with, especially if you are personally affected, we created a self-care guide which includes content warnings, a play synopsis, a grounding exercise, self-care tips, and useful information about watching the play at home.

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Dixon and Daughters

15 April 2023 – 10 June 2023

If this house could speak.

Mary has just been released from prison. She wants to come home and forget all about it but Briana has other ideas.

Over a tumultuous two days a family is forced to confront not just their past but themselves.

Because even if you refuse to hear the truth, the truth doesn’t go away.

Dixon and Daughters is a powerful story of family and forgiveness, a Clean Break play written by Deborah Bruce and co-produced with the National Theatre.

The production originally ran on the Dorfman Stage at the National Theatre from April to June 2023.

A filmed version is now available to watch on National Theatre at Home:

Watch online

Audio-described version

Artwork by Jone Reed. Photography by Helen Murray.

Cast and Creatives

'detailed and discomforting'

The Stage on Dixon and Daughters

'...beneath its apparent simplicity runs a complex dynamic between family members and cyclically repeated abuse or trauma that feels as genuine as it is tragic.'

The Guardian on Dixon and Daughters

‘...a powerful piece of drama that has us leaning forward eagerly in our seats.’

Dixon and Daughters review, The i

‘powerful, poignant and peppered with sharp humour’

The Big Issue on Dixon and Daughters

‘Dixon and Daughters is an important and frustratingly timely play. Harrowing, but full of love as much as it is full of fear, a rousing study in female resilience.’



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