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In Our Veins


  • Playwright

    Lee Coffey 

  • Notes

    Commissioned by Dublin Port Company as part of their Port Perspectives Initiative.

  • Synopsis

    "The worst slums in Europe. That's where Dublin came from. Out of the shit and into the world." Life long Dublin docker Patrick has passed away surrounded by his beloved wife Esther,his son and grandchildren. As they remember his life, Esther recounts a tale they are yet to hear. In Our Veins follows their family through 100 year of Dublin, from the notorious madams of the Monto to love in the dark tenements. This is the story of a Dublin City that no longer exists, where it came from and the people that helped build it. 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling occurs.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Will Ian Lloyd Anderson
Michael Ian Lloyd Anderson
Paul Ian Lloyd Anderson
Whacker Ian Lloyd Anderson
Voice of Bloody (1970) Ian Lloyd Anderson
Stephen Jack Mallarkey
Patrick (1955) Ian Lloyd Anderson
Patrick (1938) Jack Mallarkey
Man Jack Mallarkey
Bill Jack Mallarkey
Sharon Aisling O'Mara
Mary (1922 + 1938) Aisling O'Mara
Lily Aisling O'Mara
Kim Amilia Stewart
Anne Amilia Stewart
Woman Amilia Stewart
Margo Amilia Stewart
Esther (2019) Catherine Byrne (1)
May Catherine Byrne (1)
Mary (1955) Catherine Byrne (1)
Francis Gerard Byrne
Lynch Gerard Byrne
Doctor Gerard Byrne
Pawn Gerard Byrne
Bloody Gerard Byrne
Patrick (1970) Gerard Byrne
Esther (1955) Aisling O'Mara
Production Team  
Director Maisie Lee
Sign Language Interpreter Caroline O'Leary
Set Construction Paul Stewart (3)
Set Construction Conall Keating
Stage Manager Brendan Galvin
Production Manager Cliff Barragry
Producer Jen Coppinger
Photography Ste Murray
Production Manager Conor Mullan
Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Composer/Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Lighting Designer Eoin Byrne
Set & Costume Assistant Jack Rogers
Set & Costume Designer Lisa Krugel
Movement Director Paula O'Reilly
Graphic Design ZOO Digital

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Samuel French Ltd

  • Address

    24 - 32 Stephenson Way
    London NW1 2HD

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7255 4302

  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    The Lisa Richards Agency

  • Address

    108 Upper Leeson Street
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 637 5000

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.