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

The cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Picture: seanridley.co.uk
The cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Picture: seanridley.co.uk
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A long and at times confusing play welcomed those who had gone to see CCADS’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

However the strong cast guided the audience through the disturbing realities of life in a mental institution in the 1960s.

The patients, led by John-Paul McCrohon as Randle P. McMurphy, caused havoc on the ward.

McCrohon captivated the audience with his emotion and passion, bringing to life the pain of being institutionalised. He was accompanied by strong performances from Kevin Redfern and Danny Owen as fellow patients Dale Harding and Scanlon.

The show was very long at around three hours and at times felt like it was unnecessarily slow. Tim Skedge as Chief Bromden opened the show with one of these moments. He drew a picture using what appeared to be salt, and this long opening caused confusion for some audience members as to whether the show had started or not.

The nursing team, lead by Nurse Ratched (Kerry McCrohon), combined care and sadism as part of their treatment methods. Becky Garnett as Nurse Flinn excellently portrayed the naivety of her character, the least mean-spirited on the ward, and the fear her character has of the patients.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is on at the Square Tower, Portsmouth, until Saturday, December 5.