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JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK

A Tragedy in Three Acts, by Sean O'Casey

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Setting

    The living apartment of a two-room Tenancy of the Boyle Family, in a tenement house in Dublin. Period of the play, 1922.

  • Synopsis

    Jack Boyle and his old friend Joxer Daly are two Dublin tenement dwellers who put more work into avoiding work than most do in securing it. Boyle is a fantasist who's styled himself a Captain of the High Seas and he regales his crafty companion with maritime tales; herein lies the comedy. Jack's wife Juno is the breadwinner and moral powerhouse, but she can't stop her life unravelling as she's surrounded by a family who doesn't deserve her. Johnny, her son, is a moral weakling who has betrayed a Republican comrade, while her daughter, Mary is vain and a poor judge of male character. Therein lies the tragedy.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    12

  • Cast Size Female

    6

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Juno Boyle Sara Allgood
Jerry Devine P.J. Carolan
Mary Boyle Eileen Crowe
Mrs. Maisie Madigan Maureen Delaney
Needle Nugent Michael J. Dolan
Second Irregular Michael J. Dolan
First Irregular Maurice Esmonde
Charlie Bentham Gabriel J. Fallon
Captain Jack Boyle Barry Fitzgerald
Mrs. Tancred Christine Hayden
Joxer Daly F J McCormick
Two Neighbours Irene Murphy
First Furniture Remover Peter Nolan
Sewing-Machine Man Peter Nolan
Two Neighbours Eileen O'Kelly
Second Furniture Remover Tony Quinn (1)
Coal-Block Vendor Tony Quinn (1)
Johnny Boyle Arthur Shields
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Michael J. Dolan
Stage Manager F J McCormick

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    The Estate of Sean O'Casey: Macnaughton Lord 2000 Ltd

  • Address

    19 Margravine Gardens
    London W6 8RL
    England

  • Phone

    +44 - 020 - 8741 0606

  • Fax

    +44 - 020 - 8741 7443

  • RIGHTS INFORMATION

    • Territory

      All Territories

    • Rights Type

      All Rights

    • Contact

      The Estate of Sean O'Casey: Macnaughton Lord 2000 Ltd

    • Address

      19 Margravine Gardens
      London W6 8RL
      England

    • Phone

      +44 - 020 - 8741 0606

    • Fax

      +44 - 020 - 8741 7443

    SOURCE OF INFORMATION

    The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.