The experience of moving into a new home is universal: yet each move is uniquely etched in our memory. Dermot Bolger’s new play 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, Bolger captures the voices of thirteen women spanning five decades. They whisper their dreams, dance their fears, and speak aloud their hopes; on the cusp of new lives, striving to stay strong, and above all, to find what it feels like to be truly at home.
Bolger’s tender new work is a celebration of what unites successive generations, women for ‘moving in’ must also mean ‘moving on’. Each night a real life experience will be narrated by an audience member as the audience becomes part of the play, so each night is truly a first night, with a new voice added to the celebratory mosaic that is Tea Chests and Dreams.