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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chickenshed – Review

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Pros: Belinda McGuirk’s excellent performance as Nurse Ratched and the fluent direction, which makes this an entertaining play to watch Cons: Lack of challenge to the sexist stereotypes of the original book and play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1962 novel by American author Ken Kesey, examining the repressive and inhuman nature of mental health institutions. A year after its publication it was adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman. However, most of us are more familiar with the 1975 film, starring ...

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre – Review

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Pros: Great comedy and a cracking list of musical numbers.  Cons: There is a lot of set and sometimes the action feels a little cramped. First off, I should say that I enjoyed every minute of Strictly Ballroom The Musical; it is tip tip, non-stop entertainment. But there’s a small caveat, because if this show were a dancer it would be Tina Sparkle, not Scott Hastings; it is as much a slave to the original film as Tina and her acolytes are slaves to the Federation rules. Like the most unhinged of the ballroom dancers it so gleefully ...

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