The Village Players Present ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’

The Village Players will be presenting an adaptation of the 1963 stage-play ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ in November.

The Rathnew-based drama group — formed 16 years ago — has entertained crowds with their many productions, including ‘The Field’, ‘Allo Allo’ and ‘Humpty Dumpty’.

‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ — best remembered for the Oscar-winning 1975 classic starring Jack Nicholson — tells the story of R.P. McMurphy, a criminal who is admitted to a mental institution and assist the patients in standing up to the authoritarian Nurse Ratched.


For their stage adaptation, The Village Players have recruited Stephen Acton to direct, with the cast including Marion Murphy as Nurse Ratched, Conan Tormey as R.P. McMurphy, and group chairman Shay Brennan as Chief Bromden.

The Village Players have been presenting plays since the early 2000s, winning various awards at the Bray and Glenealy One Act Festivals.

Every year, the group puts on full-length productions for local audiences, including such features as ‘My Wife’s Family’ and ‘Say Cheese’.

The Village Players’ adaptation of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ will run nightly from the 7th to the 10th of November in St. Bridget’s Hall in Rathnew. Each night, the show will start at 8pm, with tickets priced at €12 and available at the door.

The Village Players Presents One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Cast and Crew:

  • Director: Stephen Acton
  • Randle P. McMurphy: Conan Tormey.
  • Chief Bromden : Shay Brennan.
  • Dale Harding: Declan McInernay
  • Billy Bibbit: Jayson Murray
  • Scanlon : Joe O Connor
  • Cheswick : Gavin Darcy
  • Martini : Len Nealon
  • Ruckly : Damien Douglas
  • Nurse Ratched: Marion Murphy
  • Dr. Spivey : Brenda Donoghue
  • Aide Warren : Noreen Higgins
  • Candy Star : Paula Acton Dover
  • Sandra : Sharon Byrne
  • Nurse Flynn : Katie Louise Murray
  • Aide : Jackie Higgins
  • Aide : Amy Tierney

Full list of The Village Players productions:

  • My Wife’s family
  • All the Way Back
  • The Plough and the Stars
  • Juno and the Paycock
  • The Field
  • Say Cheese
  • Kevin’s Bed
  • Cupid Wore Skirts
  • Stop it Nurse
  • Allo Allo
  • The Hiker
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Bookworms
  • Sorry Wrong Number
  • Over My Dead Body

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