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
  • 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:

Laura Douglas
2011, Juno
Danny Hoxton
Danny Hoxton
2009, Jerry Devine
The Crescent Theatre Birmingham
Angela Milton
2008, Juno & Mrs Tancred
New York Irish Center
Sebastian Thommen
2008, Mr Bentham
Kinsale, Cork
John Ryan Howard
2008, Jerry Devine
Kinsale Town Hall
Stephen Gibbons
2008, Johnny
Drioacht Theatre, Dublin & Helen Hayes, New York
Paul Nolan
Paul Nolan
2002, Jerry Devine
Lauren C Moore
2002, Mary
Stephen Francis Brady
2001, Joxer
John O'Reilly
2001, Johnny Boyle
St Mary's College,Dublin
Nick Danan
Nick Danan
2000, Johnny Boyle
Roger Clark
Roger Clark
2000, Jonny Boyle
Angie Adler
Angie Adler
1998, Needles Nugent
Paisley Arts Centre
Bill Compton
Bill Compton
1996, Ensemble
Harry Hope Theatre (USA)
Pauline O'Driscoll
1995, Mrs Madigan
Seamus Newham
1994, Captain Boyle
Playhouse Theatre, Newcastle
Dan Mullane
Dan Mullane
1993, Jerry Devine
Ashley Buckle
Ashley Buckle
Voice Over: Irish
1991, Mary
Martin Buchan
1988, Bentham

Alternative Names

Juno & the Paycock