Juno and the Paycock

  • date Friday, 10 March, 2017
  • group Clann Machua Drama Group
  • author Sean O'Casey
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

Juno and the Paycock is a play by Seán O’Casey,.set in the working class tenements of Dublin in the early 1920s, during the Irish Civil War period and revolves around the misfortunes of the dysfunctional Boyle family.

Jack Boyle, is a self-centered man who spends his time drinking with his pal Joxer rather than looking for work  His wife Juno, is a hard-working wife, who takes care of the family. Their son Johnny, who lost an arm in the Easter Rising, spends his days fearfully at home and their daughter Mary who is on strike..

The family learns from Mary’s fiancé Charlie Bentham that they will inherit money from a relative of Boyle’s who has died.

Tragedy strikes when Boyle finds out that Bentham, who drafted the will, did so in such a way that all of Boyles’ first and second cousins are all eligible to receive a portion of the property, thus rendering the legacy worthless.

It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in March 1924.  It is the second of his “Dublin Trilogy” – the other two being The Shadow of a Gunman (1923) and The Plough and the Stars (1926).

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