An adaptation of the hugely successful film / novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Insane in the Brain is a modern version of the renowned drama, performed almost entirely through dance. Swedish street-dance crew Bounce light up the stage, keeping the audience captivated throughout the hour and a half duration of this colourful, lively and entertaining spectacle.
DJ Krush, Cypress Hill, Punjabi MC and Dizzee Rascal all feature on the uptempo hip-hop heavy soundtrack, but there is also a smattering of dance music, funk and even an 80s sequence, complete with a leotard-clad girl and a well-oiled muscle man to entertain the audience, which was made up of mostly young people.
There are humourous elements to the show, including one scene where the group get caught sneaking out to the cinema, and what follows clearly delighted the audience, judging by the rapturous laughter.
The warning of violence on the ticket might seem alarming, but in fact this is a reference to the very end, which is instrumental to the story and not gory by any measure – no blood and guts in sight. There is also a sex-scene but this too is tastefully done, with the lighting disguising the action, making it suggestive rather than graphic.
The plot is brought to life and translated into dance skilfully, and it is not necessary to know the story in order to fully appreciate this show, as it completely stands up on its own. There is a bit of acting, but mostly the cast do what they do best and that’s dance. The choreography is definitely on-point; the dancing fluid and in-sync, and the sound, lighting and set unfaultable. Definitely a must see.
Nottingham Playhouse – Nottingham – October 6th & 7th
Sheffield Lyceum – Sheffield – October 9th & 10th
Sherman – Cardiff – October – 13th & 14th
Lighthouse – Poole – October 16th & 17th
Hall For Cornwall – Truro – October 20th & 21st
Festival Theatre – Edinburgh – October 24th, 25th & 26th
Macrobert- Stirling – October 29th, 30th and 31st
Warwick Arts Centre – November 3rd and 4th
Wycombe Swan – November 10th & 11th
Northern Stage – Newcastle – November – 13th & 14th
Wyvern Theatre – Swindon – November 17th & 18th
The Lowry – Salford – November 21st