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The Guardian

At the Peacock Theatre, Swedish street-dance company Bounce return with Insane in the Brain, their version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's a jaunty, high-energy production, set to artists as diverse as Notorious BIG and the Kronos Quartet, and skill standards are high, with Fredrik Rydman wonderfully manic as McMurphy, the piece's anarchic hero.

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The Financial Times

Here’s a fine and Swedish thing at the Wells. Insane in the Brain is a street-dance version of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by way of its later incarnation as a play. It is produced and performed by Bounce, the Swedish hip-hop troupe. It has been a huge success since its first performances in 2006. And an unlikelier – and more engrossing – use of breaking and popping and all the dizzying rest of it would be hard to find.

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Daily Express

By all the laws of creative re-imagining, a hip-hop dance version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest really should not work. The fact that Swedish street dance company Bounce have refined their original 2006 show to its current level against all odds is little short of miraculous.

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The Stage

Based on Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Insane in the Brain is a street dance spectacular. Every sequence seems to supersede the last in terms of innovation, energy and quirky choreography until you start to ask what more they could possibly do to impress.

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An afternoon of heavy rain didn't put off the riotous audience welcoming Bounce back to the Peacock Theatre stage last night as Insane in the Brain wowed with its spellbinding version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

It's so simple. Severe Nurse Ratched compels her inmates to perform a strict ballet barre routine on a daily basis. Along comes McMurphy with his crazy charm and rebellious streak - what else would he be but a breaker? He sticks Express Yourself on in the courtyard and the institutionalised bunch (and guards) to do just that. The psychiatric patients shed their clinical repression and relax into the addictive beats with nifty breaking - the excitement spreading through the group.

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The Sun

Caught Live: Insane In The Brain

A HIP-HOP stage version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, surely not?

But, if Into The Hoods can turn classic fairy tales into a slamming body-popping musical then anything's possible.

The packed out crowd at last night's Insane In The Brain premiere certainly weren't left disappointed.

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The Arts Desk

On Britain’s Got Talent this year Diversity and Flawless raised the bar for street dance as far as mass British audiences were concerned, a public increasingly schooled by Sadler’s Wells’ smart and eclectic annual spring hip-hop festival. So Bounce, the Swedish crew returning to London with its 2006 version of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has new standards to compete with.

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The Guardian 4 stars

"a bit bonkers and a bit brilliant"

"real theatre"

"the story zips between high drama, knockabout comedy and heartwarming sentiment"

"a popular hit"

The Times 4 stars

"fresh, fun and clearly told translation of a piece of contemporary literature into dance"

"the company is smart and talented"

Daily Telegraph 4 stars

"witty and inventive"

"gifted physical comedians"

London Times 3 stars

"a perfect way to express the central struggle against conformity"

"Bounce blend humour and darkness with ease"

Metro 3 stars

"verve and passion"

"a cracking soundtrack and off beat laughs"

Daily Express 3 stars

"an eneregtic, moving and varied variation"



"This action packed show works like a dream"

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Insane in the Brain Tour 2009

15 September - 3 October Peacock Theatre, London 0844 412 4300 BOOK »
6 - 7 October Nottingham Playhouse 0115 9419419 BOOK »
9 - 10 October Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 BOOK »
13 - 14 October Sherman Cymru 029 2064 6900 BOOK »
16 - 17 October Lighthouse Poole 0844 406 8666 BOOK »
20 - 21 October Hall for Cornwall, Truro 01872 262466 BOOK »
24 - 26 October Edinburgh Festival Theatre 0131 529 6000 BOOK »
29 - 31 October macrobert, Stirling 01786 466666 BOOK »
3 - 4 November Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524 BOOK »
10 - 11 November Wycombe Swan 01494 512000 BOOK »
13 - 14 November Northern Stage, Newcastle 0191 230 5151 BOOK »
17 - 18 November Wyvern Theatre, Swindon 01793 524 481 BOOK »
21 November The Lowry, Salford 0870 787 5780 BOOK »