One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth

Kerry McCrohon stars as Nurse Ratched. Picture: seanridley.co.uk

Kerry McCrohon stars as Nurse Ratched. Picture: seanridley.co.uk

Forty Years On at Chichester Festival Theatre SUS-170217-095019001

REVIEW: Forty Years On at Chichester Festival Theatre

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CCADS is performing One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Square Tower to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film.

The show, adapted from Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, is directed by John-Paul McCrohon who stars as the incarcerated Randle P. McMurphy, alongside his wife Kerry McCrohon as Nurse Ratched.

When he’s directing me, I’m already where he wants me. We’re that in sync

Kerry McCrohon on working with her husband John-Paul

Randle gets himself transferred to a mental institution for an easier place to serve his sentence.

But upon arrival he discovers his ward is run by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched, who exercises complete control over those in her care.

Randle dedicates his time to challenging her authority with harrowing consequences.

Kerry says it is great to be acting alongside her husband again. ‘We’ve played opposite each other a few times and I love it.

‘When he’s directing me, I’m already where he wants me. We’re that in sync.’

To get into her character, who ‘runs her institution with a rod of iron’, Kerry has done a lot of research.

She says: ‘I’ve watched the film, read the book and listened to interviews with Ken Kesey about his experiences of being in a mental hospital.

‘That has helped me get into character, as has the depth we’ve gone into the character’s back story.’

The show is from Monday, November 30 to Saturday, December 5. Tickets: £12, visit ccads-theatre.co.uk or call 07834 367659.

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