Torch Players prepare to fly the coop with latest show

Torch: Dan Mooney, Sheenagh Murphy, Stuart Mackey, Miche�l � Dubhghaill, Edel Heaney, Derek Kennedy in rehearsal for One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
POPULAR local dramatic society Torch Players return with their annual production next week.

POPULAR local dramatic society Torch Players return with their annual production next week.

The group present Dale Wasserman’s award-winning stage adaptation of the novel by Ken Kesey, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

The production, directed by Torch stalwart Maurice O’Sullivan, takes place in 69 O’Connell Street - the former Belltable, currently under the adminstration of the Lime Tree - next Tuesday to Saturday, February 24-28.

Set in a psychiatric hospital, the play tells the story of Randle McMurphy - memorably brought to life by Jack Nicholson in the 1975 film version, directed by Milos Forman - a swaggering, fun loving trickster who has himself committed to a mental institution rather than serve his time in prison.

McMurphy’s presence in the institution causes waves and leads to defiance, revolts and a grim power struggle with the tyrannical Nurse Ratched. The clashes between McMurphy and Ratched are at the heartbeat of what is a funny and moving play.

A great cast - including Mícheál O’Dubhghaill, Edel Heaney, John Finn and Paddy Kelly - has been assembled for the production, which comes in the wake of last year’s excellent The Shaughraun. See www.limetreetheatre.ie for more.