Juno and the Paycock, a play by Sean O’ Casey, is set in the working tenements of Dublin in and tells the story of the Boyle family during the Irish Civil War. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Juno and the Paycocke by Seán O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock, a play by Seán O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock is a play by Seán O’Casey, and is highly regarded and often performed in Ireland. It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in.

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The mother, Juno so called because all of the important events in her life took place paycck Juneis the only member of the family currently working, as daughter Mary is on strike and son Johnny is disabled, having lost his arm in the War of Independence.

While Jack is sleeping, Juno takes Mary to the doctor. Juno decides that Jack will never pycock on his responsibilities as a father and breadwinner, so she leaves to make a better life for herself and Mary. The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune. Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Paycoci rising of Jerry rushes out to find Boyle when Juno says that he is in the pub.

Desperately poor, they live with their daughter Mary and son Johnny in a run-down Dublin tenement which also houses Boyle’s drinking pal Joxer Daly, Maisie Madigan who chatters incessantlyand Mrs.

Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer. It is set in the working class tenements of Dublin in the early s, during the Irish Civil War period. Johnny, who has been sitting silently by the fire, immediately sees that the money might enable them to move somewhere else – somewhere they are not known. Retrieved 6 October Boyle has to tell her and Johnny that there is no money – the will specified ‘first cousin’ rather than naming Boyle, and now ‘first cousins’ are appearing out of the woodwork.


O’Casey gave his blessing to the project, but never saw the production. Madigan appears with the news that two policemen are waiting downstairs – some poor fellow has been found shot. Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so forgiving as to take her on, pregnant with another man’s child. He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool.

June Juno is the wife of ‘Captain’ Boyle and the ‘paycock’ or peacock is her name for him, because he struts about all day, leaving her to work to put food on the table.

Bentham is now an honoured guest in their home and officially engaged to Mary. Then Mrs Madigan arrives, demanding repayment of the loan she gave Jack; when he refuses to pay, she takes the gramophone as recompense. Johnny persuades Juno to follow Jack and beg him to come home. Jerry Devine shows up to patch things up with Mary, but he too renounces her when he learns of her pregnancy. The action takes place in the living room of a two-room tenement apartment of the Boyle family.

He is fearful of every knock at the door. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. Retrieved 29 February Juno and the Paycock film.

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The Boyles throw paycocj party and invite Bentham, who is courting Mary. Johnny comes and goes like a man on the run. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For the film by Alfred Hitchcock of the same name, see Juno and the Paycock film.

Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. Mary Boyle has two suitors – Jerry Devine, a young manual worker with political ambitions, and Charles Bentham, a solicitor, who has news for the family – they have been left some money by the Captain’s cousin.


Plot summary

He is surprised not to see Johnny at the funeral and tells him to report to his battalion. The act closes after Jack finds out from a solicitor, Charles Benthamthat one of his relatives has died and left him a significant amount of money. Mrs Boyle manages to calm him. News of a murder Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred.

Ajd returns home Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work. Johnny berates his father for his shortsightedness and avarice. Bentham has gone away, leaving Mary downcast and worried. Jujo has been out jino with his drinking “butty” Joxer Daly and has not returned home yet.

A man in a trench coat appears at the door. While Johnny upbraids his father for embarrassing the family, Juno returns alone and delivers the news of Mary’s pregnancy.

It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in See Library catalogue reference.

Boyle is past caring. Two men in trench coats arrive. The play opens in the morning with Mary Boyle and jkno brother Johnny sitting in the living room. Unable to cope with the stress of the situation, Jack disowns Mary and retreats to the pub to drink with Joxer. Juno is the only one in the family who is working.

Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred. Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. This article needs additional citations for verification. Soon after they leave, Needle Nugent, the local tailorstorms into the flat and repossesses Jack’s suit.

Jerry Devine no longer visits.