WIGAN Little Theatre is about to be transformed into a mental asylum!
Its next production is the powerful, tragic yet humorous One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Adapted from Ken Kesey’s novel for the stage by Dale Wasserman, the original Broadway production starred Kirk Douglas and the subsequent film saw a sterling performance from Jack Nicholson.
Randle P McMurphy feigns insanity in an American mental institution in order to avoid prison.
He is a wildly funny rebel who gradually transforms the home, working wonders with the inmates.
However, the drama and tensions surface as he is challenged by the steely authority of the control-freak Nurse Ratched.
This is very much an ensemble production with some of WLT’s strong male actors being brought together under the expert direction of Colin Hurst.
Playing protagonist McMurphy is John Churnside alongside Linda DonBavand as Nurse Ratched, who makes her patients feel morally inferior.
One of these is Billy (Anthony Beddows), who stutters nervously and dreads what his domineering mother thinks of him.
Other inmates with varying degrees of psychosis are Christopher Jackson, Paul Dawson, John McCabe, Bill Collins, Dave Johnson and Tony Webb.
Mr Hurst said: “Rehearsals have been intense and fun.
“It’s always hard work getting a production together and we’ve been dealing with the portrayal of mental illness for a couple of months now.
“Sometimes we’ve just had to laugh to ease the tension – and that’s exactly what this show offers an audience: thought-provoking drama with some laughs along the way.”
Other staff and visitors are played by Iain Cash, Jonathan Beech, Dave Haran, Steve Johnson, Stacey Vernon and Joyce Hope.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest runs between Wednesday March 30 and Saturday April 9 at 7.30pm each evening (excluding Sunday).
The box office is open weekdays between 7pm and 9pm from Monday March 21.
Telephone 01942 242561 or visit the theatre between these times.
Postal booking forms are available from the box office or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also Visit the theatre’s revamped website at www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk