One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- By: Aula Abbara, Huda Al-Hadithy
Vintery, mintery, cutery, cornApple seed and apple thornWire, briar, limber lock Three geese in a flock. One flew east And one flew west And one flew over the cuckoo's nest.
The last line of this Mother Goose nursery rhyme gives name to the title of Ken Kesey's 1962 play, which is set in a state run mental institution in 1960s United States. Adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman, it is currently enjoying sell out performances on its second run in the west end of London with Christian Slater taking the lead as Randle Patrick McMurphy, a role first made famous by Jack Nicholson in the Oscar winning 1975 film.
It is a vibrant, stimulating play that is artfully produced and which conveys the plight of the inmates of a mental institution with poignancy and unexpected humour. The central dynamic of the play is the jarring relationship between McMurphy and