The Transition Year students at Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar are undergoing final rehearsals for their production of the 1962 classic novel ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’.
With a few months left in his sentence, thirty-eight-year-old convict Randall Patrick ‘Mac’ McMurphy is serving time for several assaults and statutory rape, has just been transferred from a labor camp associated with Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton to a psychiatric hospital.
‘Mac’ uses attitude and anti-authoritarian behaviour to his benefit in not having to do any work. He is placed in a ward with a group of men who have differing degrees of lucidity and control of their mental faculties. He continues to behave in the same manner as always to get what he wants, using fellow patients either as accessories or things for his own amusement. He adds to his list of goals to do anything to annoy the ward’s tyrannical head nurse, Miss Mildred Ratched, whose seeming want is to break the spirit of any of the men in her care.
In his battle with Nurse Ratched, Mac eventually tries to help the men get a voice of their own while in the hospital, and for some for their eventual return to the outside world.
‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ plays Mullingar Arts Centre on Wednesday, 17 May and Thursday, 18 May at 8pm. Tickets are €10 each and are available by calling 04493-4777 or online at mullingarartscentre.ie