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."
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
|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
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