Juno And The Paycock (London production) by Sean O'Casey

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The peacock said, 'What is the point of this silent beauty, if I am defeated by the sound of my own voice?' 'Your lot in life has been assigned by the decision of the Fates,' said Juno. 'You have been allotted beauty; the eagle, strength; the nightingale, harmony; the raven has been assigned prophetic signs, while unfavourable omens are assigned to the crow; and so each is content with his own particular gift.'

Do not strive for something that was not given to you, lest your disappointed expectations become mired in discontent (source: Aesop's Fables).

Juno and the Peacock, a searing, realistic drama about the everyday impact of the Irish Civil War that premiered on March 3, 1923 at the Abbey Theatre, was recognized as a classic instantly.

CAPTAIN BOYLE is "Captain" by virtue of a single trip made as a seaman on a collier bound from London to Liverpool. He is usually known to his neighbours, however, as the "paycock" on account of his strutting, consequential gait. He is a worthless toper and idler, but withal, possesses a certain rough eloquence of expression. He and his crony, Joxer, spend most of their time drinking in "pubs" or playing cards in the Boyle flat, where Joxer flatters him to his face and steals from behind his back. Boyle has nicknamed his wife "Juno" because she "was born and christened in June. I met her in June; we were married in June an' Johnny was born in June."

About "captain" Jack Boyle

He is a man of about sixty; stout, grey-haired and stocky. His neck is short, and his head looks like a stone ball that one sometimes sees on top of a gate-post. His cheeks, reddish-purple, are puffed out, as if he were always repressing an almost irrepressible ejaculation. On his upper lip is a crisp, tightly cropped moustache; he carries himself with the upper part of his body slightly throwsn back, and his stomach slightly thrust forward. His walk is a slow, consequential strut. His clothes are dingy, and he wears a faded seaman's-cap with a glazed peak (Sean O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock).

Directed by Howard Davies
Designed by Bob Crowley
Sound Ben Delaney
Lighting James Farncombe
Composer Anne Rice

CHARACTER ACTOR CHARACTER ACTOR
Captain Jack Boyle Ciarán Hinds Juno Sinéad Cusack
Maisie Madigan Janet Moran Joxer Daly Risteárd Cooper
Johnny Boyle Ronan Raftery Mrs Tancred Bernadette McKenna
Mary Boyle Clare Dunne First neighbour Gillian McCarthy
An Irregular mobilizer Kevin Murphy Second Irregular Kieran Gough
Charlie Bentham Nick Lee Second neighbour Sophie Robinson
Jerry Devine Tom Vaughan Lawlor    

Company/theatre: National Theatre

Run: 2011-11-16 to 2012-01-08



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