Production Dates: 1991 & 1993
Directed by: Robert Carlyle
Written by: Ken Kesey (book), Dale Wassermann (play)
Produced by: Rain Dog Theatre Company
McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable.
Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.
This play was Rain Dog Theatre Company's first production and it starred Alexander Morton as McMurphy and it was received with great acclaim. Robert directed the play and he won the "Best Director" award at the Mayfest Theatre Awards in 1991.
The stageplay was so popular that the theatre company produced another version two years later, 1993, with Alexander Morton starring in the leading role again.
Alexander Morton (McMurphy), Alison Peebles (Nurse Ratched), Peter Mullan (Harding), Matthew Costello (Cheswick), Stuart Davids (Billy Bibber), Kenneth Ryan (Bromden), Joey Cooper (Martini), Gordon Munro (Scanlon), Tommy Flanagan (Ruckley), Gary Lewis (Williams), Graeme Dallas (Warren), Ian Sexon (Dr Spivey), Paul Hickey (Nurse Flinn), Caroline Paterson (Candy Starr), Vanya Eadie (Sandra)
Paper Boat Award as Best Director at 1991 Mayfest Theatre Awards
“When we consider the impact of mental illness on the present generation (schizophrenia alone accounts for over 40 million cases in te world), we can conclude that no war in history has produced so many victims, wounded so many people. No earthquake has claimed so high a toll; no other condition that we know of has deprived so many young people of the premise of life”.