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Return to Shock Therapy

IN a South Melbourne rehearsal room, director David Myles is rehearsing an emotionally charged scene between mental patients Randle P. McMurphy, played by Mark Diaco, and Dale Harding, a well-educated but timid inmate played by Canadian actor Colin MacPherson. McMurphy is a petty criminal who has chosen psychiatric incarceration over jail, thinking it will be an easy option. He mocks the group therapy sessions they are forced to participate in. He is particularly scathing of the inmates' awed dependence on Nurse Ratched (Natalia Novikova), the controlling disciplinarian head of the unit.​​

Mark Diaco and Natalia Novikova explore the boundaries between sanity and insanity.  Picture: Luis Enrique Ascui.  Source: Supplied
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest


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