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Tea Chests and Dreams


  • Playwright

    Dermot Bolger 

  • Setting

    The play is set in Dublin. It spans 40 years, beginning in 1970.

  • Notes

    Prior to the beginning of the run, women were invited to submit monologues based on their personal stories and experiences of moving house. A selection of these were read before each performance.

  • Synopsis

    The experience of moving into a new home is universal; each move is uniquely etched in our memory. 'Tea Chests and Dreams' is about where our minds go when the final box is unloaded and we unwrap... cups, clocks and family heirlooms. It is about how we begin again.

    From Ballymun flats to Tallaght estates; from 1970s returning Irish emigrants to immigrants starting new lives here today; from disco queens finding themselves isolated as young mothers to mature mothers striking out to establish new identities, the play captures the voices of thirteen women spanning five decades.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Each performer played multiple roles


  • Date of First Production

    11 April 2012

  • Production Notes

    An Axis commission

  • Producer

    Produced by axis: Ballymun

  • Original Venue

    axis: Ballymun

Original Cast  
Performer Donna Nikolaisen
Performer Kelly Hickey
Production Team  
Director Mark O'Brien (2)
Set Marie Tierney
Design Consultant Robert Ballagh
Producer Niamh Ní Chonchubhair
Lighting Conleth White
Costume Designer Marie Tierney
Technical Manager Dylan Connolly
Stage Manager Marella Boschi
Technical Assistant Sophy Bradshaw-Power
Photography Suzan O'Toole
Chief LX Seán McCormack




The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from press cuttings.