The final production of The Workshop’s 2013/2014 season is Dale Wasserman’s ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and directed by Shane Gough.
Whilst set in a psychiatric hospital where confusion – in the minds of the patients – reigns supreme, the plot couldn’t be simpler.
The head administrative nurse Mildred Ratched runs the ward with an iron fist, and with little regard to medical oversight. She is assisted by her cronies, two shift orderlies and her assistant doctors.
Just when Nurse Ratched thinks her ward is running smoothly, almost like a well-oiled machine, in steps Randle P. McMurphy bringing a whirlwind of chaos with him. After claiming his position as the ‘Bull Goose Loony’ he then turns his attentions to Nurse Ratched and the ward’s regimes, thus leading to a constant struggle for control.
Those of you who are familiar with the play, or the popular film starring Jack Nicholson, will know that this is more than just a piece about power struggles. Its central theme focuses on a man’s passion to give meaning to the lives of those less fortunate than himself.
Director Shane Gough said: “This is truly challenging material for our teenage members. It is work that may well be way beyond their years. However, they all seem to have risen to the challenge.”
Performances: Tuesday, July 15 – Saturday July 19, 7.30pm.
Tickets are £6 adults and £4 concessions and are available to book from The Workshop on 01422 323688.
To see what’s coming up at the Workshop over the coming months, have a look at the upcoming events page of our website www.actorsworkshop.org.uk.