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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 musical version was a flop, closing after 16 performances, but Blitzstein’s score was preserved on the original cast album and is today considered one of the composer’s masterpieces.

Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. The Boyles throw a party and invite Bentham, who is courting Mary.

BFI Screenonline: Juno and the Paycock () Synopsis

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. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

The mother, Juno so called because all of the important events in her life took place in 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. Unable to cope with the stress kuno the situation, Jack disowns Mary and retreats to the pub to drink with Joxer.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. When Juno enters the room it is obvious that she and Joxer do not get on. Juno and the Paycock When it finally dawns on him, he is quick to change his mind. Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. See Library catalogue reference. Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so forgiving as to take her on, pregnant with another man’s child. Bentham is now an honoured guest in their home and officially engaged to Mary.


Claiming it was Johnny who informed on Tancred, they drag him from the house into a car and drive off. Despite his family’s povertyJack spends all his time and money at the pub with Joxer Daly, his ne’er-do-well ” butty ,” instead of looking for a job. Boyle returns home Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work.

As the last of Jack’s fancy new furniture is being repossessed, several IRA men arrive and drag Johnny away; Juno later hears from Mrs Madigan that a body resembling Johnny’s has been found on a country road, riddled with bullets. Meanwhile, Johnny agonises over his betrayal of his friend Robbie Tancred, a neighbour and former comrade in the IRAwho was subsequently murdered by Free State supporters; Johnny is terrified that the IRA will execute him as punishment for being an informant.

O’Casey gave his blessing to the project, but never saw the production. Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred.

As a result, numerous relations are claiming the inheritance, which is rapidly being eaten up by legal costs; to make matters worse, Bentham has apparently fled the country out of shame. The table is set for one.

It is set in the working class tenements of Dublin in the early s, during the Irish Civil War period. Her son’s body is being taken to the church. Juno and the Paycock film. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know the ending! Ina British film adaptation of the play was produced which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.


News of a murder Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred.

Johnny is left alone. Near the end of the act, one of Jack’s relatives dies, and a schoolteacherCharles Bentham, brings news that the Boyles have come into a large inheritance ; Bentham notes aloud that the will names “John Boyle, [my] first cousin, of Dublin” payvock one of the beneficiaries. Views Read Edit View history.

Plot summary

Paycok after they leave, Needle Sumjary, the local tailorstorms into the flat and repossesses Jack’s suit. Juno goes out to offer support to Mrs Tancred, who delivers a monologue mourning the loss of her son and praying for an end to the war, but Jack selfishly ignores her suffering. Jerry Devine no longer visits. Retrieved 29 February Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer. The creditors start to call. The Final line of the play. This article needs additional citations for verification.

While Jack is sleeping, Juno takes Mary to the jujo. A mere two days after receiving Mr Bentham’s news, Jack has already begun flaunting his newfound wealth by purchasing a new suitnew furniturea gramophoneand other luxuries on creditin anticipation of receiving the inheritance.


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