The world’s in a state of chassis….
A very enjoyable production of the Sean O’Casey classic Juno and the Paycock by Castleblayney Players tonight at the Garage Theatre in Monaghan. PHOTO: Glenn Murphy who has just posted on Twitter!
Castleblayney Players are delighted to perform Juno and the Paycock, which has become a well loved classic since it was first performed in 1924. Audiences will sympathise with the Boyle family as they struggle with poverty, family relationships and civil war.
Seán O’Casey has given Irish drama some of its most memorable characters in this play: Juno (Ticky Mc Quillan) tries to hold her family together while her husband, Captain “the Paycock” Jack Boyle (Aidan Mc Quillan) is shy of work, their daughter Mary (Emma Duffy) is out on strike and has given up her boyfriend Jerry (Ricky Carragher) for her new man Charlie (Roraidh Irwin) while their son Johnny (Shane Cumiskey) is unable to work due to war injuries.
The Captain’s sidekick, Joxer (Jim O’Neill), is always lurking about, and along with Maisie Madigan (Andrea Beirne) they contribute much hilarity and sharp Dublin humour. Other neighbours and visitors (Paddy Crilly, Kelly O’Brien, Kevin Mc Geough, Francis G.Duffy, Eamon Mc Mahon, Pauline Clarke, Ryan Mc Mahon) bring colour and great vitality to the story.
Keeping the production together is director Nicky Hore assisted by an experienced and enthusiastic crew.
As the play is on the Leaving Cert this is a great opportunity for young students of drama to get to see O’Casey’s masterpiece on the stage.
The group also performed the play at the Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney, last weekend on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February.
Watch out also for the forthcoming Castleblayney Drama Festival.