DOI: 10.5040/9781408162675.00000006
Acts: 2. Roles: Male (9) , Female (6) , Neutral (0)

A bittersweet history of three generations of women told through memories of family pride and tradition, and a granddaughter’s fear of being alone for the first time

Beth's elderly mother is dying. Beth tells her family’s story: of having to sell the china cabinet, never complaining, and taking pride in the photographs of sons gone off to war. Her childhood was presided over by a grandmother and a great aunt fiercely protective of Protestant standards; her adolescence was confused by a mother too respectable to explain sexuality. But beneath the cold respectability and sectarian feud is a warm heart, the melancholy of the play tinged with humour and sympathetic observation.

Tea in a China Cup was first produced in 1983 by the Lyric Players Theatre, Belfast.