Feb 2017

Juno and the Paycock  theatre finished

Juno and the Paycock

Clann Machua Drama Group

Clann Machua Drama Group, Kiltimagh, is delighted to bring their production of Sean O’Casey’s Juno & The Paycock to Ballina this February.

Juno and the Paycock is set in the Dublin tenements, or slums, during the Irish Civil War. It tells the story of the Boyle family: Jack Boyle, a self-centred man who spends his time drinking with his pal Joxer rather than looking for work; his wife Juno, responsible and hard-working, who takes care of the family; their son Johnny, who lost an arm in the Easter Rising and spends his days fearfully at home; and their daughter Mary, a young and somewhat vain idealist currently on strike.

Juno and the Paycock is the second of three O’Casey plays in what is known as the ‘Dublin Trilogy’ set in the tumultuous years of 1916-1923, with The Shadow of a Gunman and The Plough and the Stars,

Drawing upon his firsthand knowledge of Dublin tenement life and workers’ suffering during the period,  to depict the ensuing hardships of poverty, malnutrition, disease, and lack of privacy. The play has been praised for O’Casey’s realistic representation of idiomatic Dublin speech, rich literary allusions, characterization, social conscience, and blend of comedy and tragedy.

"Th' whole worl's in a terrible state o' chassis". 

Tickets: €12 / €5. Early booking advised.