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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Play revived to mark 21 years of theatre in town

Mike McGrath

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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Rehearsals are ongoing for the forthcoming Shoestring Theatre Company production of 'One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest' by Ken Kesey, which will open its summer run at the Schoolyard Theatre Charleville on July 27.

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Rehearsals are ongoing for the forthcoming Shoestring Theatre Company production of 'One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest' by Ken Kesey, which will open its summer run at the Schoolyard Theatre Charleville on July 27.

This is the first play that was staged in the then new theatre in Charleville in 1993 and was, of course, directed by Kevin O'Shea. Remarkably, two members of that cast, Michael Biggane and Gerard Roche, will again feature in this year's production of the popular play, which is being revived to mark 21 years of the Schoolyard Theatre in the town.

Commenting on the production, Kevin O'Shea said that the whole area of mental health has changed in the intervening years and while this is a very funny play the group also hope to highlight how badly the inmates, as they were referred to in the play, were treated. They were bullied and never encouraged to express themselves or seek independent living, by an authoritarian regime, as exemplified by the head Nurse Ratchett.

"Anybody who viewed the film saw that this was a very humorous piece of work but we're hoping that our production will highlight the pain of living in such institutions," he said.

The cast of 16 is headed by Martin Hennessy (The Bird in 'The Field'), who recently played Dinzie Conlee in John B. Keane's 'Sharon's Grave' portrays McMurphy and Katie Holly (Trassie) in 'Sharon's Grave' as Nurse Ratchett.

Other members of the cast are Derry Moloney (Aid Williams), Tom O'Connor (Dr. Spivvy), Eamon Winters (Ruckley), Pat Hayes, who played the Bishop in the Shoestring production of 'The Field' plays Chiswick. Max Hennessy is the Chief, Ger Liston (Dandy in 'The Field' and Peats Bo Bui in 'Sharon' Grave') is Professor Harding, Michael Biggane (Aid Warren), Gerard Roche (Tom Sawn in Sharon's Grave') plays Martini, Seamus Hunter (the Thatcher in Sharon's Grave) is Billy Bibbit and Linda Buckley is Candy.

The play opens on Sunday 27th July and will run four nights a week through August and terrific entertainment is assured from an acclaimed cast and award winning director Kevin O'Shea.

The Shoestring Company are also planning a further production of a new play, called 'Trad', from the pen of playwright Mark Doherty. Kevin O'Shea says that this is a hugely complex and surreal play with a father aged 120 years and a son aged 100 years.

This is also a very funny work and should be a major success and it is hoped to open in November, exactly 21 years after the Schoolyard Theatre first opened its doors to audiences.

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