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Juno and the Paycock
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Juno and the Paycock

Juno and the Paycock

by Sean O'Casey

Royal National Theatre

Lyttleton Theatre, 22 February 1989

The home of the Boyles in Dublin. The play takes place in 1922: one year after the Free State was established with dominion status within the British Empire. The Republican movement was split in two by the decision to accept an oath of allegiance to the British Crown, and Irregular Soldiers took up arms to fight the DieHard cause against the government of the Free State.
Act I:
A morning in September
Act II:
Two days later, six in the evening
Act III:
Two months later, half past six in the evening
There is a short break in Act III during which the curtain falls
about 2˝ hours, including two 12-minute intervals

This production of Juno and the Paycock uses the standard Macmillan text (1925), with some minor amendments drawn from two earlier drafts of the play, made available to the NT by the O'Casey estate.

See also programme notes and Sean O'Casey biographical details.

Mary Boyle Rosalind Bennett

Trained at Drama Centre. Theatre: George Dandin (Gate), The Servant of Two Masters (Liverpool Playhouse), Lyric for a Tango (Theatre Royal Windsor). TV: Heart of the Country, Coronation Street, Campaign, The Fear, The Facts of Life, The Manageress. Films: Christmas, Vroom, American Roulette, Dealers.

Rosalind Bennett, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Juno Boyle Linda Bassett

Theatre includes: work with Interplay Community, Leeds; Belgrade Theatre-in-Education Co, Coventry; Joint Stock (in Fen); Abet's Sister, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court); also Varya in The Cherry Orchard (Leicester Haymarket), Medea, The Bald Prima Donna (Leicester Haymarket, Liverpool Playhouse, Almeida); Serious Money (Royal Court, Wyndham's, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, New York); The Recruiting Officer, Our Country's Good (Royal Court) NT: A Place With The Pigs. TV includes: Traffik. Films include: Waiting for the Moon, Paris By Night.

Linda Bassett, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Johnny Boyle Linus Roach

Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre: Five Finger Exercise (Cambridge Theatre Co tour), The Mother (Contact, Manchester), A Taste of Honey (Northampton Theatre Royal), A Colder Climate (Royal Court). RSC: Titus Andronicus, lndigo, A Question of Geography, Julius Caesar, Divine Gossip (Stratford/Barbican), Keeping Tom Nice (Almeida). TV: A Sort of Innocence. Films: No Surrender, Link.

Linus Roach, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Jerry Devine Fabian Cartwright

Trained at Webber Douglas. Theatre includes: Shadow of a Gunman, and seasons with the Lyric Players, Belfast; Joyriders (Paine's Plough); Public Enemy (Lyric Hammersmith); McAlpine's Fusiliers (Contact, Manchester); Young Writers Festival (Royal Court); Welcome to Bladenmore Road (Lyric, Belfast as part of the Belfast Festival). TV includes: Lost Belongings, God's Frontiersmen, Coronation Street. Film: Henry V

Fabian Cartwright, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Captain Jack Boyle Tony Hagarth

Theatre includes repertory at Newcastle, Edinburgh, Sheffield. In London, at the Royal Court. Dear Janet Rosenberg Dear Mr Kooning and Shivers (Theatre Upstairs), Don's Party, and recently A Lie of the Mind. At the Bush. Love Field. For the RSC: The Devil's Disciple. At the Open Space: Hamlet. For the NT: Lark Rise, Candleford, The Long Voyage Home, The Iceman Cometh, The Passion, The Crucible (also in the West End), Don Quixote, Way Upstream, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Glengarry Glen Ross (also at the Mermaid), Cinderella, She Stoops to Conquer, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Mountain Language. TV includes: Love's Labour's Lost, I Claudius, Holocaust, Rosie, Kinvig, The Borgias, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Insurance Man, The December Rose, Farrington of the FO, Hardwick House, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, Our Geoff, Blind Justice, Bergerac, Scoop. Films: Percy, Unman, Wittering and Zigo, Dracula, Dick Turpin, McVicar, The Human Factor, A Private Function, Prospects, Clockwise, A Month in the Country, The Dressmaker, Tree of Hands.

Tony Hagarth, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Joxer Daly Tom Hickey

Founder member of Dublin Focus Theatre, plays there include Miss Julie, Antigone, Uncle Vanya, The Night of the Iguana. Voted Actor of the Year (1975) for 'The Character' in What a Bloody Circus. Has worked extensively with the Abbey Theatre, since 1978, playing in Galileo (name part), Of Mice and Men, The Silver Dollar Boys, The Gigli Concert, Observe the Sons of Ulster. Has worked in collaboration with writer Tom Maclntyre and director Patrick Mason on five Theatre-of-the-image plays: The Great Hunger, (tour to Edinburgh/London/Paris/Moscow Leningrad/New York), The Bearded Lady, Rise Up Lovely Sweeney, Dance for Your Daddy, Snow White. TV: The Riordans, An Traill, Jude the Obscure, The Year of the Child, Roses from Dublin, Love Is, One of Ourselves. Films: Flight of the Doves, Cal, Desecration, Eh Joe, Gothic, High Spirits.

Tom Hickey, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Sewing machine man Harry Webster

Has worked extensively in theatre, film, TV, and on radio. Is an ex-member of the Abbey Theatre, but most recently worked at Birmingham Rep in The Crucible. Returns to the NT where he appeared in The Playboy of the Western World, Hamlet, Tamburlaine the Great and The Plough and the Stars. TV includes: The Taming of the Shrew, Tales of the Unexpected, Kelly Monteith, Terry and June, Sorry!, Casualty, Grange Hill, Omnibus, Crown Court, Cockles, The Other Art, History of Ireland, The Sandbaggers, Autumn Sunshine, Red Roses for Me. Films: SS, No Surrender, Rude Health, Little Dorrit. Radio: The Irish RM, The Manchester Enthusiasts, Cock A Doodle Dandy.

Coal block vendor Paul Conway

Theatre: The Bofors Gun, The Irish Hebrew Lesson (Players' Trinity, Dublin), Hamlet (Pavilion, Dublin), The Informer (Olympia, Dublin), 70% Proof Sunflower, Wind of the Word (Team Theatre Co/lrish tour), The Golden Hair (Project Arts Centre, Dublin), Surprise for Miriam (Pooka, Dublin), The Kips, The Digs and The Village, Pledges and Promises, A Hape of Junk (Irish tour/Royal Court), The Wild Turkey (Academy, Dublin), Birdbrain (co-formed and co-directed Company on Irish tour), Into the Night (Albany Empire). TV: German Spies, The Country Girls, Inside. Video: Looking for Dev, The Drip.

Charles Bentham, a schoolteacher Richard Bonneville

Trained at Webber Douglas. Theatre includes work with National Youth Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, Arms and the Man (Regent's Park), The Dream (Regent's Park, European Tour), French Without Tears (Leicester), Dick Whittington, Look Back in Anger, Taming of the Shrew, The Circle, Taking Steps (Colchester). NT: Yerma, School for Wives, Entertaining Strangers.

Richard Bonneville, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Mars Maisie Madigan Aine Ni Mhuiri

Trained at Abbey Theatre, Dublin, working extensively there in, amongst others, The Loves of Cass Maguire, The Plough and the Stars (and tour of USA), The Field. Also many appearances at the Irish National Theatre's Peacock Theatre, including Midnight Court, and David Storey's Home. Has played and toured with the Gate, Dublin; in The Infomer (Olympia, Dublin); and in Medea (Dublin Theatre Festival). TV includes: The Irish RM, The Price, Miracles and Miss Langan. Film's: Echoes, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.

Aine Ni Mhuiri, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Mrs Tancred Pauline Delany

Member of Dublin Globe Theatre Company (1954-61); performer with Gate Company, Olympia, Gemini, and Longford Productions. Recent theatre: The Last Hero (Abbey, Dublin), Juno and the Paycock (Gate, Dublin), The Saxon Shore (Almeida), A Lovely Day Tomorrow (Birmingham Rep), Richard III (Ludlow Festival), A Perfect Relationship (King's Head), Cross Purpose (Hampstead), The Hostage (Royal Court), The Beaux' Stratagem (Glasgow Citizens'), O'Casey Season (Mermaid), The Poker Session (Globe, Shaftesbury Ave). TV includes: the long-running series Public Eye, Late Starter, Travellers By Night, Mixed Blessings, The Expert, Z Cars, Beckett Anthology, The Thief of Mourning, Red Roses for Me, Maybury, The Seagull, The Achurch Letters, Stephen D, The Playboy of the Western World, The Dead, A Taste of Death. Films: Nothing But The Best, Brannigan, Percy, The Love Ban, The Young Cassidy, Rooney, Innocent Sinners, The Very Edge, Trenchcoat. ls a frequent broadaster on radio.

Pauline Delany, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Neighbours Deirdre Halligan

While studying literature and drama at University College Dublin, she won a scholarship to the Abbey Theatre School of Acting, Dublin. She played in both the Abbey and the Gate, Dublin, before touring with Carl Clapet Productions. Later joined Ronald Ibbs' Dublin Players, who toured extensively in Ireland and America.

Deirdre Halligan, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Melee Hutton

Trained at RSAMD. Theatre: Across the Barricades. New Kid (York Theatre Royal), Smallholdings (Oxford Irish Festival), Siol Phadraig (London Irish Theatre Co), The Vinegar Fly, Smallholdings (Soho Poly). TV: Dick Whittington.

Melee Hutton, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Tricia Kelly

Theatre: seasons with Liverpool Everyman; Chester Gateway; member of Perspectives Theatre Co and Red Ladder. Plays include: The Olde Curiosity Shop (Lincoln Theatre Royal); Bitter Apples (7:84 Theatre Co), New Anatomies (Womens' Theatre Group), Fen (New York), A Mouthful of Birds (Joint Stock, Almeida, Royal Court), Womberang (Croydon Warehouse), Deadlines (Royal Court), Top Girls (Duke's Playhouse, Lancaster), God's Wonderful Railway (Bristol Old Vic Studio ), Beauty and the Beast (Liverpool Playhouse/Old Vic), The Country Wife, Joking Apart (Belgrade, Coventry), Peer Gynt (Cambridge Theatre Co), Motherlove (Etcetera), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Nottingham Playhouse), The Last Supper (Royal Court/Leicester Haymarket). TV: Real Lies, No Problem, That's History Gran, In Sickness and In Health, Cristabel.

Needle Nugent, a tailor Derry Power

Member of Abbey Theatre, Dublin (1955-60). Extensive work at the Gate, Dublin, plays include: Joan of the Stockyards, The Taming of the Shrew, A Servant of Two Masters, In 1968 nominated "Most Versatile Actor in Ireland", and in 1979 named "Best Supporting Actor", by the Sunday Independent Newspaper, Other theatre includes: Stephen D (Gate/St Martin's, London), Philadelphia Here I Come (Gate/Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue), The Patrick Pearse Motel (Olympia, Dublin/ Queen's, London), The Threepenny Opera (Prince of Wales), The Playboy of the Western World (Edinburgh Festival/Riverside Studios), TV includes: Stephen D, The Dead, Clay, Two Gallants, Up The Bare Stairs, Village Hall, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The xyy Man, Red Roses for Me, Cribb, Murphy's Stroke, Supergran, Bulman, The Insurance Man, The Irish RM, Fortycoats, Three Wishes for Jamie, Remington Steele, Films include: The Fantasist, Rawhead, My Left Foot.

Derry Power, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
An irregular mobiliser Paul McCleary

Theatre includes repertory in Manchester, Derby, Chester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Bristol, Westcliff-on-Sea, Ludlow, Stoke. In London: Hamlet, Dig for Victory, Snapshots, Sisters, Hottest Bet in Town, All Our Loving, Aladdin, Theatre Royal Follies (Stratford East), Moll Flanders, Henry IV (Croydon Warehouse), Hamlet, Measure for Measure (Young Vic), Going West (Soho Poly), Woman in White (Greenwich). RSC: Il Candelaio, Real Dreams, The Danton Affair, Happy End, The Taming of the Shrew, Zoo Story, Difficult Times, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Operation Elvis.

Paul McCleary, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Removal men Neil Clark

Theatre: The Brewery Beano, Tom Jones (Derby Playhouse), The Great White Hope (Tricycle), Canterbury Tales (New Vic Co), Entertaining Mr Sloane (Salisbury Playhouse). TV: Piece of Cake. Film: The Death of Romance.

Peter Dineen

Theatre includes: work at Lincoln, Torch Theatre, Milford Haven (founder member), Donovan Maule Theatre, Nairobi, and tour of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Julius Caesar (Birmingham Rep). His own play, Barrack Street, which he also directed, was at Everyman Theatre, Cork, 1985. NT: Hiawatha, Don Quixote, Danton's Death, Lorenzaccio, Venice Preserv'd, Golden Boy, Wild Honey, Antigone, The Spanish Tragedy, Coriolanus, Futurists, Yonadab, A View from the Bridge (Aldwych), 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, work at the NT Studio. Film: Majesty of the Law.

Peter Dineen, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Irregular soldiers Paul Conway Paul Conway, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Aidan Gillen

Theatre includes: work with the Studio, Dublin, the SFX Centre, A Midsummer Night's Dream (National Youth Theatre, Ireland), Bust, Our Day Out (Project Arts, Dublin), Thick as Thieves (Players' Theatre), Charades (Dublin Youth Theatre), Handful of Stars (Bush) TV includes: Debs, A View of Henry Clarke. Films include: The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, The Courier.

Director Peter Gill

Associate Director of NT since 1980, Director of the NT Studio from 1984, Associate Director of Royal Court (1970- 72), Founding Director of Riverside Studios (1976-80). Plays he has written include. The Sleeper's Den, A Provincial Life (from a short story by Anton Chekhov), Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick For Touch, As I Lay Dying (after William Faulkner), ln the Blue, Mean Tears. Adaptations: The Merry-Go-Round, Touch and Go, The Cherry Orchard. As a director work includes: at the Royal Court: A Collier's Friday Night, The Daughter-in-Law, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The Merry-Go-Round, A Soldier's Fortune, The Local Stigmatic (also at Traverse Edinburgh in a double bill with The Dwarfs), Life Price, Crimes of Passion, The Duchess of Malfi, Crete and Sergeant Pepper, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Sleepers Den. At Riverside Studios. Small Change, As You Like It (also Nottingham Playhouse/Edinburgh Festival), The Cherry Orchard, The Changeling, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Scrape Off The Black. Also: O'Flaherty VC (Mermaid), June Evening (tour), Much Ado About Nothing (Stratford Connecticut), Landscape, Silence (Lincoln Center, New York), Hedda Gabler (Stratford Ontario), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Zurich Schauspielhaus ), Twelfth Night (RSC), Fishing (New York Shakespeare Festival), Bow Down, Down by the Greenwood Side (Queen Elizabeth Hall), The Marriage of Figaro (Opera North). For the NT: Scrape Off The Black, A Month in the Country, Don Juan, Much Ado About Nothing, Danton's Death, Major Barbara, Kick for Touch, Small Change, Tales from Hollywood, Antigone, Venice Preserv'd, Fool for Love (also Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue), The Festival of New Plays, Mean Tears, Mrs Klein (also Apollo Theatre).

Peter Gill, Juno and the Paycock, 1989
Designer Deirdre Clancy

Has worked on many productions for theatre, opera and film, designing for the RSC, English National Opera, Edinburgh Festival, The Metropolitan Opera House, and in Munich, Rome and Stratford Ontario, Recent work includes: costumes for The Way of the World (Chichester Festival/Haymarket) and Strange Interlude (New York), Mephisto, Twelfth Night (RSC), set and costumes for Candide (Guthrie, Minneapolis), costumes for Faust, Cavalleria Rusticana (ENO), Ruddigore, Bitter Sweet (New Sadler's Wells Opera Co), Macbeth (Shochiku Co, Tokyo ), and Verdi's Macbeth (Opera North), costumes for The Admirable Crichton (Haymarket), and costumes for Lohengrin (Wiesbaden, Germany). For the NT: Spring Awakening, Grand Manoeuvres, The Playboy of the Western World, Watch It Come Down, Il Campiello, Volpone, The Madras House, Lorenzaccio, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cinderella, Golden Boy, Wild Honey, The Government Inspector, Films include: The Virgin and the Gypsy, Ill Fares the Land, The Girl from Petrovka, The Elgin Marbles, The Bureaucracy of Love.

Lighting Mark Seaman

Work with Prospect Theatre Go at the Old Vic in 1981, then Royal Opera House, before beginning work at the NT. Has lit many Platform Performances and studio productions for the NT, as well as Mrs Klein (also Apollo} Has lit many concerts and exhibitions as a freelance.

Assistant Director Tim Supple

Directed extensively at Cambridge University. Won a Thames TV Bursary to York Theatre Royal, directed plays by Kroetz, Shakespeare, Brecht and Miller. Assistant Director at the Royal Court during 1987. Directed The Winter's Tale (Cambridge Arts); the Royal Court's Young Writers' Festival; and Inventing a Colour at the NT Studio where he also assisted Peter Gill on The Darkening Fields. Presently resident at Leicester Haymarket where he directed Oh! What a Lovely War in the summer of 1988.

Staff Director Leona Heimfeld

Founder and director of Red Stage Theatre Co, For Red Stage' Cargo Cult (King's Head). For the RSC: Alpha Behn (Youth Festival, Swan Theatre), Assistant Director on The Rover (Mermaid), Cargo Cult, Janet and John (Early Stages, Barbican) NT: as staff director, Bartholomew Fair, Single Spies,

Dialect Coach Julia Wilson-Dickson

Trained as a teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After several years teaching drama, directing and acting, she taught voice at LAMDA, The City Lit, several American universities in Britain, and then returned to Central School to teach on the Stage course. Voice and dialect work for the theatre include: The Normal Heart, When I Was A Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, Journey's End, The Hired Man, work with the Cambridge Theatre Co, tour of Chorus Line, The Cocktail Party (directed by John Dexter), Orpheus Descending (directed by Peter Hall), Arthur Miller's double bill (Young Vic), For the NT: The Festival of New Plays (for the re-opening of the Cottesloe), Long Time Gone, Bow Down (NT Studio), Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest. Films include: The Navigator, Precious Bane.

Production Manager Roger Hulley
Stage Manager Elizabeth Markham
Deputy Stage Manager Sue Millin
Assistant Stage Managers E. Sarah Newall
Jon Ormrod
Sound Paul Groothuis
Assistant to the lighting designer Julian McCready
Design Assistant Kate Robertson
Costume Supervisor Carrie Bayliss
Research Philomena Muinzer
Programme written by Philomena Muinzer
Programme designed by Michael Mayhew
Rose Towler
Production photographed by Donald Cooper
Production credits

Set built by R D Scenery Ltd. Leeds. and painted by Mary Coxon. Side flats built by Harris Bros. Property buyer Jane Slattery. Props and furniture by NT workshops. Set model built by Lisa Robinson. Costumes by NT workshops and 20th Century Costumes. Wigs by NT workshops. Thanks to Nuala Golden of the Abbey Theatre. and to Paddy and Marv Phenis.

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