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 is fearful of every knock at the door.

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Boyle returns home Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work. Then she realises thf Jerry doesn’t know. Johnny comes and goes like a man on the run.

Her son’s body is being taken to the church. Johnny persuades Juno to follow Jack and beg him to come home.

Ina British film adaptation of the play was produced which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Mary returns, and Johnny disowns her as well.

Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant. Two men in trench coats arrive. The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer set about raising everyone’s spirits.

The father, “Captain” Jack so called because of his propensity payccok telling greatly exaggerated stories of his short career as a merchant sailoris a te who claims to be unable to work because of pains in his legs, which mysteriously appear whenever someone mentions work to him.

Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work.


By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone. Mary feels guilty about dumping her boyfriend and fellow striker, Jerry Devine, who pwycock more strongly for her than she does for him. Boyle and Johnny are furious that Mary has brought this shame upon the family, but Juno says all they have ;aycock do is move to somewhere they are not known, with the money they received from the legacy.

Johnny seems very on edge and sensitive, not wanting to tue the murder. Jerry Devine no longer visits. Claiming it was Johnny who informed on Tancred, they drag him from the house into a car and drive off. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence.

It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in Retrieved 29 February Juno and the Paycock takes place in the tenements of Dublin injust after the outbreak of the Irish Civil Warand revolves around the misfortunes of the dysfunctional Boyle family. Johnny, who has been sitting silently by the fire, immediately sees that the money might enable them to move somewhere else – somewhere they are not known.

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Tye 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. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune. Johnny berates his father for his shortsightedness and avarice.

Overjoyed with the news, Jack vows to Juno to end his friendship with Joxer and change his ways. The action takes place in the living smumary 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.

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 resembling Johnny’s has been found on a country road, riddled with bullets. O’Casey gave his blessing to the project, but never saw the production.

Plot summary

Unable to cope with the stress of the situation, Jack disowns Mary and retreats to the pub to drink with Joxer. He has been out drinking with his drinking “butty” Joxer Daly and has not returned home yet. He makes it up with Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has on drink.

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. The apartment suggests a lot about the family before we meet any paycocl the characters. Boyle is past caring. They go up to the Boyle apartment, interrupting the furniture removers at their work.

The act closes after Jack finds out from a solicitor, Charles Benthamthat one of his relatives has died and left him a significant amount of money. Juno decides that Jack will never take on his responsibilities as a father and sujmary, so she leaves to make a better life for herself and Mary. His superiors think he might know something about the man who informed on Tancred.