Opening on Friday November 1st Valley Artists present
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Directed by Cath Patterson and starring a huge cast that includes Annette Rowlinson as Nurse Ratched, Alan Glover as Chief Bromden and newcomer to the stage, Brian Dillon as Randy McMurphy. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a successful book written by Ken Kesey in 1962 that was adapted for stage by Dale Wasserman in 1963. This captivating tale has a primary focus on Randle McMurphy who has been charged with battery and gambling. Instead of serving his sentence on a prison work farm, he fakes insanity and is sent to a psychiatric hospital. Here, there are many rules to abide by, but McMurphy does not do rules and he and the head nurse, Nurse Ratched, clash and have a continual power struggle. The other inmates of the institution begin to respond to McMurphy’s antics and ability to assist in helping them to regain confidence. They start to break free from the shackles of Ratched’s controlling ways which has shocking and tragic consequences. The movie starring Jack Nicholson was directed by Milos Foreman in 1975.
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The cast an crew of Woman In Mind thank everyone who came to see the production and made it the smash hit that it was…..
WOMAN IN MIND – a review
The very well-chosen stinging wit of Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind has just recently been brought to life by our own Valley Artists. How lucky we are to have them!
The opening night at Laguna Hall was a triumph.
As winter temperatures plummeted outside, the audience inside immediately warmed to a fabulous performances from a stellar cast. Karen Jones as Susan brilliantly delivered a simply unforgettable portrayal of the complex lead character. She is on stage for the entire play. Valley Artists’ extremely talented director, Micaela Elphick, didn’t miss a beat as she skilfully steered this energetic, emotional, and thoroughly entertaining production.
The witty, yet often also serious and poignant, dialogue brought much laughter from a fully engaged audience. All staged amidst an ingenious projected set depicting a bright flowering English summer garden … and beyond! All credit to technical director Andrew Jones and set co-designer (with Micaela), Giles Tester, and crew.
Woman in Mind leaves one thinking about unexpected delusion, reality, love, neglect, confusion, and brutal honesty within family relationships.
A technical and dramatic masterpiece.