Pluck! directed by Alan Chambers, promises a show filled with sex, violence and blood. It delivers on all these declarations with a show that entertains from start to finish thanks in part to both an engaging script and an array of actors whose personalities fill the stage.
Brendan Ewing starts as the titular character, Jeremy Pluck, a therapist struggling to prove himself to his wife after a mugging. He easily steals the show: from the beginning he is instantly agreeable, winning over the audience with a charismatic and earnest charm. Despite the character’s mistakes and wrongdoings being broadly displayed and spoken about from the beginning of the play, Ewing manages to still emulate Pluck as the most likeable character, bringing an almost Hugh Grant type quality to the role.
Opposite Ewing is Todd Levi, who fills the role of the nefarious Wyatt, a police officer who becomes acquainted with Jeremy and Daphne. Levi is brash and loud in his portrayal, successfully slotting into the alpha male archetype, the true Aussie bloke that knows how to protect his home and wife. He is easily untrustworthy to the audience, conveying an air of superiority over Ewing’s Pluck.
In the supporting roles are Walter Hanna, who fills an array of characters that bring an almost ridiculous humour to the stage every time he appears, and Lee Quek who perfectly encompasses her character, bring a much needed emotional edge to the production.
The only slight disappointment of the night was from Michaela Bedel, whose role of Daphne Pluck seems to be a little flat, failing to bring an emotional response to her character. This may be in part to Ewing’s large stage presence, which commands most of the attention to himself whenever he is front and centre. Daphne instead seems to just be a side character, only there to propel our male lead forward.
The use of narration between scenes is done seamlessly, catching the audience up to our lead character Pluck’s thoughts and motivations for the coming scenes, it’s a smart way to move between scenes in a production that uses very little props, relying on subtle actions by the cast to elaborate on scenes. One such actions is the use of Pluck’s clothes throughout the play, only afterwards do you realise they have deteriorated along with the character’s well being and mind.
Director Alan Chambers has succeeded in delivering an utterly entertaining production that will leave you laughing throughout the entire thing and chattering for hours afterwards about it to a friend.
Pluck! is on now at the Butterfly Club from 30th June – 5th July. Bookings can be made at https://thebutterflyclub.com/