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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Plot summary

They go up to the Boyle apartment, interrupting the furniture removers at their work. The mother, Juno so called because all of the important events in paycocck 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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 thhe Johnny’s has been found on a country road, riddled with bullets. Then Mrs Madigan arrives, demanding repayment of the loan she gave Jack; when he refuses to pay, she takes the gramophone as recompense. The act closes junp Jack finds out from a solicitor, Charles Benthamthat one of his relatives has died and left him a significant amount of money.

Soon after they leave, Needle Nugent, the local tailorstorms into the flat and repossesses Jack’s suit.

BFI Screenonline: Juno and the Paycock () Synopsis

Johnny seems very on edge and sensitive, not wanting to discuss the murder. Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so paycoc as to take her on, pregnant with another man’s child.


Ina British film adaptation of the play was produced which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. Near the end of the act, one of Jack’s relatives dies, and a schoolteacherCharles Bentham, jkno news that the Boyles have come into a large inheritance ; Bentham notes aloud that the will names “John Boyle, [my] first cousin, of Snd as one of the beneficiaries.

The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. Retrieved 29 February 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.

Jerry rushes out to find Boyle when Juno says that he anx in the pub.

His superiors think he might know something about the man who informed on Tancred. Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer.

Boyle knows it is Johnny. Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred. Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work. It is set in the tue class tenements of Dublin in the early s, during the Irish Civil War period. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know the ending! Johnny comes and goes like a man on the run. Joxer is sukmary, Jack having already forgotten his vow to break off contact with him, and Mrs Maisie Madigan, a neighbour to whom Jack owes money, shows up after having been invited in Act I.

As Juno pleads with Jack to use the leftover money from the inheritance to move the family to a different city, he angrily reveals that they will receive nothing due to an error Bentham made while drafting the will he failed to include the beneficiaries’ names, referring to Jack only as “[my] first cousin”.


Some time later, Jack stumbles home from the pub with Joxer, extremely drunk and unaware that his son is dead or that his wife and daughter have left him. The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune. Two men in trench coats arrive.

Mary is on strike, Johnny is disabled due to losing an arm in the War of Independence. Unable to cope with the stress of the situation, Jack disowns Mary and retreats to the pub to drink with Joxer.

Juno and the Paycock – Wikipedia

For the film by Alfred Hitchcock of the same name, see Juno and the Paycock film. When Juno enters the room it is obvious that she and Joxer do not get on. The play opens in the morning with Mary Boyle and her brother Johnny sitting in the living room. O’Casey gave his blessing to the project, but never saw suummary production. The father, “Captain” Jack so called because of his propensity for telling greatly exaggerated stories of his short career as a merchant sailoris a loafer who summady to be unable to work because of pains in his legs, which mysteriously appear whenever someone mentions work to him.

Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush. Juno and Mary decide to leave the tenement to make a new life for themselves and the baby. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Bentham has gone away, leaving Mary downcast and worried.