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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He was killed by an informer. It is set in the working class tenements of Dublin in the early s, during the Irish Civil War period.

By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone. The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer set about raising everyone’s spirits. The cramped size suggests they are not very well off and the “picture of the Virgin” shows they are Catholics. When Juno th everything has been taken from their rooms. 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.

Two men in trench coats arrive. Johnny persuades Juno to follow Jack and beg him to come home. Madigan appears with the news that two policemen are waiting downstairs – some poor fellow has been found shot. As the last of Jack’s fancy new furniture is being repossessed, several IRA men sumkary and drag Johnny away; Juno later hears from Mrs Madigan that a body resembling Johnny’s has been found on a country road, thf with bullets.


Plot summary

Johnny comes and goes pzycock a man on the run. The play opens in the morning with Mary Boyle and her brother Johnny sitting in the living room.

Bentham has gone away, leaving Mary downcast and worried. It is Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession. Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant.

BFI Screenonline: Juno and the Paycock () Synopsis

The action takes place in the living room of a two-room tenement apartment of the Boyle family. As he leaves for the pub, Jerry Devine arrives, to offer Mary marriage and security, having heard that his rival is out of the way.

Overjoyed with the news, Jack vows to Juno to end his friendship with Joxer and change his ways. The musical version was a flop, xummary after 16 performances, but Blitzstein’s score was preserved on the original cast album and is today considered one of the composer’s masterpieces. Johnny berates his father for his shortsightedness and avarice. Juno decides that Jack will never take on his responsibilities as a father and breadwinner, so she leaves to make a better life for herself and Mary.

He has been out drinking with his drinking “butty” Joxer Daly and has not returned home yet.

Johnny is left alone. After a junl conversation, Jack accidentally drops his last sixpence on the floor; he drunkenly mourns that “the whole world is in a terrible state o’ chassis ” before passing out. 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.


He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool. News of a murder Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred.

Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny. 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 thr chatters incessantlyand Mrs.

The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune.

Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. He is surprised not to see Johnny at the funeral and tells him to report to his battalion.

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Retrieved 29 February For the film by Alfred Hitchcock of the same name, see Juno and the Paycock film. Views Read Edit View history. Mary feels guilty about dumping her boyfriend and fellow striker, Jerry Devine, who feels more strongly for her than she does for him.