Abbey Theatre and the National Theatre of Great Britain
By Sean O'Casey
|Duration||2hrs 20mins (approx.incl.interval)|
Directed by Howard Davies
Designed by Bob Crowley
Cast includes Risteárd Cooper, Sinéad Cusack, Clare Dunne, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Nick Lee, Janet Moran, Gillian McCarthy, Bernadette McKenna, Ronan Raftery and Sophie Robinson
“Th’ whole worl’s in a terrible state o’ chassis”
In this the second part of O’Casey’s great Dublin Trilogy, the ambitions of the Boyle family are set against the political and social events of the Irish Civil War in 1922. Set in a tenement house, Juno and the Paycock is an epic tale of survival and vengeance punctuated by dreadful poverty.
Juno, the spirited matriarch of the Boyle household tries to keep her family together while it is being pulled apart by growing political unrest. Her husband, Captain Jack Boyle drinks his way through his days with his side-kick Joxer Daly, while their children fail tragically in their own search for a better life.
When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved, but will they manage to transcend the events that conspire to keep them in their place?
TALKING THEATRE Bob Crowley in conversation with his brother, television, film and theatre director John Crowley. Oct 13, 6pm. Abbey Theatre. Advance booking essential.
"Performances are invariably superb all round. It's hard to imagine a richer embodiment of O'Casey's scornful, iconoclastic, truthful vision." Irish Independent