Juno and the Paycock - 57th Wexford Drama Festival Tinahely Variety Group

13 March 2020

Wexford Drama Festival celebrates its 57th year of amateur drama and this year will be held in the Jerome Hynes Theatre in the National Opera House for the first time. As one of the longest running festivals in the country, we have entertained Wexford audiences for 5 decades and are delighted to be moving to our new home in the National Opera House.

Bringing the best of amateur drama from around the county we have 8 nights of entertainment, drama and comedy on offer. From classics such as Juno and the Paycock to two plays making their debut on the amateur circuit, there's certain to be something to suit every taste throughout the festival.

Closing the festival, with the Irish classic by Sean O'Casey on Friday the 13th March, Tinahely Variety Group will perform Juno and the Paycock. The second of Sean O'Casey's Dublin plays, Juno and the Paycock tells the story of the Boyle family in the Dublin tenements in the early 1920s. Juno, the mother of the family (and the only member who works), desperately tries to hold her impoverished family together in the face of adversity and misfortune.  Juno's husband Jack Boyle and his old friend Joxer Daly put more work into avoiding work than most do in securing it. Boyle is a fantasist who's styled himself a Captain of the High Seas and he regales his crafty companion with maritime tales; The son, Johnny Boyle is a moral weakling who has betrayed a Republican comrade, while her daughter, Mary is vain and a poor judge of male character. A violent death and the grim realities of tenement life, O'Caseys play tells of promises, debts, fortunes rising and falling, set in the chaotic times of war.