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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It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work.

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. O’Casey gave his blessing to the project, but never saw the production. 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.

Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. junno

Plot summary

Jerry Devine no longer visits. Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred. Two men in trench coats arrive. June Learn how and when to remove this template message.


A musical adaptation of the play, titled Junowas created by Marc Blitzstein music, lyrics and Joseph Stein book and opened on Broadway in 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.

The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall. During the party, Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession passes the tenement, but the Boyles and their guests halt their carousing only when Tancred’s grieving mother stops at their door. 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.

The Boyles throw a party and invite Bentham, who is courting Mary. Juno and the Paycock”. The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer set about raising everyone’s spirits.

The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. Her son’s body is being taken to the church. As he leaves, Mary sees the bailiff’s men taking away the furniture. Mary is on strike, Johnny is disabled due to losing an arm in the War of Independence. Johnny is left alone. A man in a trench coat appears at the door. 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.

They have borrowed money too, on the strength of the legacy. He has been out drinking with his drinking “butty” Joxer Daly and has not returned home yet.

Juno and the Paycock – Wikipedia

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 ; Payxock notes aloud that the will names “John Boyle, [my] first cousin, of Dublin” as one of the beneficiaries. 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.


Then Mrs Madigan arrives, demanding repayment of the loan she gave Jack; when he refuses to pay, she takes the gramophone as recompense.

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 claims to be unable to work because of pains in his legs, which mysteriously appear whenever someone mentions work to him. His superiors think he might know something about the man who informed on Tancred. Claiming it was Johnny who informed on Tancred, they drag him from the house into a car and drive off.

Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. She sends Mary to live with a relative and, before going to the police station to identify Johnny’s body, delivers a monologue that echoes Mrs Tancred’s in Act II.

The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune. Juno decides that Jack will never take on junk responsibilities as a father and breadwinner, so she leaves to make a better life for herself and Mary. Soon after they leave, Needle Nugent, the local tailorstorms into the flat and repossesses Jack’s suit.