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Join StageAgent today and unlock amazing theatre resources and opportunities. Research Playwrights, Librettists, Composers and Lyricists. Browse Theatre Writers. Juno, the mother of the family and the only member who works , desperately tries to hold her family together in the face of adversity and misfortune. However her husband, Jack Boyle, would rather spend his time drinking with his persuasive pal, Joxer, than try to look for work and help the family. When Jack learns that the family is to come into an inheritance, he eagerly anticipates their new found wealth and borrows money from everyone around him to flaunt their new incoming fortune.

Juno decides to leave her husband and seek a better life with Mary. Tragically, rather than face his demons, Jack Boyle retreats into an alcoholic haze, blocking out the misery of his impoverished, lonely reality. View All Characters in Juno and the Paycock. Guide written by Alexandra Appleton.

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Juno and the Paycock Summary

In this tragicomedy, the Boyle family, living to the Dublin slums, is shattered by poverty, alcoholism, illegitimate pregnancy, and the Irish Civil War. After the death of his father, in , the family sank into the poverty of the Dublin tenements. The Shadow of a Gunman was accepted for production by the Abbey Theatre in In the following year, the Abbey produced Juno and the Paycock.


Juno and the Paycock

The action takes place in the living room of a two-room tenement apartment of the Boyle family. The apartment suggests a lot about the family before we meet any of the characters. The cramped size suggests they are not very well off and the "picture of the Virgin" shows they are Catholics. The play opens in the morning with Mary Boyle and her brother Johnny sitting in the living room.


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Warning: screenonline full synopses contain 'spoilers' which give away key plot points. Don't read on if you don't want to know the ending! 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. He is called 'Captain' by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool. 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 incessantly , and Mrs. Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush.


Highly regarded and often performed in Ireland , it was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in It is set in the working class tenements of Dublin in the early s, during the Irish Civil War period. Juno and the Paycock takes place in the tenements of Dublin in , just after the outbreak of the Irish Civil War , and revolves around the misfortunes of the dysfunctional Boyle family. The father, "Captain" Jack so called because of his propensity for telling greatly exaggerated stories of his short career as a merchant seaman , is a loafer who claims to be unable to work because of pains in his legs, which mysteriously appear whenever someone mentions work to him. Despite his family's poverty , Jack spends all his time and money at the pub with Joxer Daly, his ne'er-do-well " butty ," instead of looking for a job. The mother, Juno so called because all of the important events in her life took place in June , is 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.

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