As the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven celebrates its 40th anniversary year, it has chosen MIND Pembrokeshire – the mental health charity as its charity during its autumn production and box-office favourite of One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Directed by award-winning director Peter Doran, Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic American novel tells the story of institutional madness, where the mentally insane are drugged, electrocuted and lobotomised in order to enforce a chilling notion of sanity, one where obedience and conformity are the only acceptable indications of mental health.
The Torch is delighted to welcome MIND as its official charity for its 40th Anniversary autumn season as Peter Doran explains:
“This production is, of course, the perfect vehicle to raise awareness of mental health issues and to publicise the sort of support that is available. Theatre is a powerful tool for highlighting issues and tackling difficult subjects, it’s the least we can do to support a national charity that has a very strong local office that does a fantastic job in supporting local people. We look forward to working with them over the coming months,” said Peter.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest stars Randle P. McMurphy, a petty criminal who accepts the court’s decision to send him to an asylum for his mental health to be assessed, rather than spend another term in the ‘slammer’. As a natural-born rebel, McMurphy soon questions the asylum’s procedures and begins to rally his fellow patients in increasingly daring acts of autonomy. However, such acts, as opposed to the delusional ones the asylum authorities perpetuate, are not tolerated, and McMurphy soon learns that those authorities, epitomised in the character of Nurse Ratched, have terrible ways of forcing you to conform.
Lydia Saleron, Office Manager at MIND Pembrokeshire, is delighted that the Torch Theatre is working alongside them with this production.
“We are thrilled to once again be a part of the Torch Theatre’s powerful production of this classic. We hope, through this relationship, to encourage positive and supportive conversations around mental health and to show that no one need suffer alone – Mind Pembrokeshire is happy to help 365 days of the year,” said Lydia who adds that Mind Pembrokeshire is proud to have been providing mental health services to local people for over 25 years.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest can be seen at the Torch Theatre from Wednesday 11 October to Saturday 28 October 2017. Tickets cost £18.00, £16.00 concessions, TLC £15.50, matinee £12.50 and Under 26s are just £8.50.
Please note that this production contains strong language and mild adult themes.
For tickets of One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, visit the Torch Theatre website: www.torchtheatre.co.uk / (01646) 695267. Customers can now print their own tickets at home, so there will be no need to queue at the Box Office. Office: