Sep 21 2017
A theatrical re-imagining of Ken Kesey’s classic novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
You have to go back to 1998 for Footsbarn Theatre Company’s last visit to Galway, so its long-overdue return to the city is a cause for much rejoicing. From Sunday October 1 to Wednesday 4 at The Black Box, Footsbarn will present its freewheeling, richly imaginative, interpretation of Ken Kesey’s classic novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Many will remember Jack Nicholson’s feisty performance in Miloš Forman’s classic 1975 film of the book, a multiple Oscar winner. Footsbarn’s Cuckoo’s Nest is a very different, but no less memorable, adaptation of this literary and cinematic classic. It combines the original book’s powerful narrative with the company’s uniquely comic slant and love of puppetry and masks.
Set in a psychiatric hospital, Cuckoo’s Nest is a touching and inspiring criticism of authority. Pitching the human values of freedom, friendship, and self-respect against the establishment, it portrays a group of rebellious patients who engage in a battle of wits with the oppressive hospital staff. A denunciation of all forms of dictatorship, an ode to freedom, friendship and the right to be different, Cuckoo’s Nest is more poignant and relevant than ever.
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