This year marks the 25th anniversary of Cilloe Yew Tree Players, one of the country’s most reputable and entertaining drama groups. Over the years, this drama group has unearthed a wonderful array of talent within the community and beyond. As a result, it is with some confidence that director Mickey Kenny can undertake one of the groups most ambitious plays to date.
‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ is this year’s choice and it represents a departure from the farcical efforts of recent years. The play is based upon Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name (1962) by Ken Kesey.
In 1975 this book was also adapted for the silver screen and featured Jack Nicholson in the lead role of Randle McMurphy. It was the second film ever to achieve an oscar in all five major categories; Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay. This accomplishment was not repeated again until The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.
In describing the plot, Mickey Kenny refers to the analogy of the boxing ring.
“In the red corner stands the tyrannical Nurse Ratched who rules her ward in a mental hospital with a strict unbending routine. Her patients, cowed by mind-numbing medications and the threat of Electric Shock Therapy, dare not oppose her.
“But this all changes with the arrival into the blue corner of one Randle P. McMurphy, the likeable rogue and petty thief with a devilish grin.”
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