Plays Directory : Juno and the Paycock

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Sean O'Casey
  • Written
    1924
  • Setting
    Dublin in the early 1920s, during the Irish Civil War period.
  • Overview
    Juno and the Paycock concerns the Boyle family, who live in the Dublin tenements. The father, "Captain" Jack Boyle (so called because of his status as a retired merchant seaman, his propensity for telling colourful stories of the sea, and his incessant wearing of his nautical-looking hat) constantly tries to evade work by pretending to have pains in his legs, and spends all his money at the pub with his ne'er-do-well "butty", Joxer Daly. The mother, Juno, is the only member of the family working, as the daughter Mary is on strike, and the son, Johnny, lost his arm in the War of Independence. Johnny betrayed Tancred, a neighbour and fellow comrade in the IRA, and is afraid that he will be executed as punishment. A distant relative dies, and an English solicitor, Mr Bentham, brings news that the family has come into an inheritance. The family buys goods on credit, and borrows money from neighbours with the intent of paying them back when the fortune arrives. They hold a party during Tancred's funeral procession, halting it only when Tancred's aged mother passes by their door.

    In the third act tragedy befalls the Boyle family. Mr Bentham, who had been courting Mary, ceases all contact with the family, and it becomes apparent that no money will be forthcoming. As the goods bought with the borrowed money are being taken back, Mr and Mrs Boyle learn that Mary has been impregnated by Mr Bentham. "Captain" Boyle goes with Joxer to a pub to spend the last of his money and take his mind off of the situation. While he is gone, Mrs Boyle learns that her son, Johnny, has been killed, presumably by the IRA. Mary and Juno leave to live with Juno's sister. Captain Boyle and Joxer return to the stage drunk.

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Connected mandy members:

James Ketteridge
2018, Johnny
Theatre
Rosie Harnden
2018, First Neighbour/ Understudy Mary Boyle
Connor Bailey
2016, Jerry Devine
Rachel O'Neill
2016, Juno Boyle
Chesil Theatre
Elliott Squire
Elliott Squire
Set Designer
2016, Draughtsperson
Edward Statham
2016, Irregular 2
The Loft Theatre
Phil Reynolds
2016, 'Joxer' Daly
Loft Theatre
Fiona Kelly
Fiona Kelly
Actor
2016, Suitcase Seller/Neighbour/Bag Lady
The Everyman Theatre
Stephanie Carter
Stephanie Carter
Assistant Stage Manager
2014, Assistant Stage Manager
Ben Walsh
Ben Walsh
Actor
2014, Johnny Boyle
Homerton College, Cambridge
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Company Stage Manager
2014, SM
Liverpool Playhouse / Bristol Old Vic
Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy
Voice Over: Irish
2014, The Irregular Mobilizer
Kenton Blythe
2014, Irregular #1, Bentham u/s
The Royal George Theatre
Ashley Shiers
2013, Jerry Devine
The Mission Theatre, Bath
Steve Hunt
Steve Hunt
Actor
2013, Capt Jack Bouyle
Rep
Louise Brown
Louise Brown
Assistant Stage Manager
2012, ASM Book Cover
Lyttelton Theatre
Cornelius Clarke
2012, First Removal Man
National Theatre, London
Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy
Actor
2012, Irregular Mobiliser
Abbey Theatre Dublin & National Theatre London
Cornelius Clarke
2011, First Removal Man
Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Colin Rice
Colin Rice
Actor
2011, Charles Bentham
The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

Alternative Names

Juno & the Paycock