“A cuppa Tea’s a Darling Thing!” as Joxer Daly said to Captain Boyle in ‘Juno & the Paycock’, Sean O’Casey’s famous play. In the play, the Boyle family are set against the political and social events of the Irish Civil War in 1922.
|Irish playwrite Sean O’Casey wrote “Juno & the Paycock” in 1924|
Click here for an excellent website about Sean O’Casey
Set in a tenement house, Juno and the Paycock is an epic tale of survival and vengeance punctuated by dreadful poverty. Juno, the spirited matriarch of the Boyle household tries to keep her family together while it is being pulled apart by growing political unrest. Her husband, Captain Jack Boyle drinks his way through his days with his side-kick Joxer Daly, while their children fail tragically in their own search for a better life.
|“A cuppa Tae’s a darlin’ thing, a darlin’ thing” says Joxer Daly|
They spend more time drinking tea, procrastinating and talking about a revolution, than working or taking part in anything!
The lovely people from the Irish Craft Festival 2012 are looking back towards the golden days of the Tea Cosy, by looking forward to people using them again!
They have launched a Tea Cosy Making Competition as part of their festival and the idea has really taken off! Part of what they are trying to do is to get people making their tea in a Teapot again and to stop making ‘one in a cup’.
And right they are! No-one ever drinks only one cup of tea! And after all the talk, this week on Twitter, about Tea, making tea, the politics of tea and more, it is a great idea that they have spawned!
Here are some pictures of home-made Tea-Cosies that I found:
What a lovely idea!