Open House Players are delighted to present their next production ‘Juno and the Paycock’ by Sean O’Casey, directed by Jacquie Ahern-Slater.
Set in a slum tenement of 1924, the tragi-comedy of the Boyle family reflects the social, political and industrial climate of Dublin at the time.
Often referred to as O’Casey’s tribute to his mother, this is most poignantly reflected through the strength of matriarchal Juno. She works hard to support the household, her daughter Mary is on strike and son Johnny is unable to work after losing his arm in the War of Independence. Juno’s husband ‘Captain’ Jack Boyle the hard-drinking, loud-mouthed strutting peacock of the title resists work. He generally causes nuisance with his partner in crime and comedy, the one and only ‘Joxer Daly’, who has a glib quotation for every occasion. These two provide much of the laughter where O’Casey skillfully releases the tensions in the unfolding drama. As the family come into an inheritance they feel their lives have been changed and begin to live above their means. ‘Juno’ is the binding force that holds the family together, always picking up the pieces and soldiering on. Through the other characters we feel a strong sense of community spirit. Despite poverty and limited opportunities, all is not bleak. The hand of friendship embraces merriment and light into somewhat dark times, providing great emotional support and much laughter through the difficulties arising. Contemporary tones are resonant bringing life to the piece that is as fresh and relevant today as almost 100 years ago.
It stages in The White Memorial on February 26, 27, & 28 at 8pm. Tickets €10 from Premier Music, group discounts also available.