Pluck! brings a shootout to The Butterfly Club

Published:  June 22, 2015
Gemma Pass

Roll off the couch and away from your Netflix winter subscription because Sly Rat Theatre’s first production of 2015 is not to be missed.

Following the success of Sly Rat Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Andy Harmsen’s Doomsday Devices (2014), The Butterfly Club and Sly Rat Theatre Co. present Steve McCall’s Pluck! a gripping black comedy and melodrama that grapples head on with love, lust, God and what (if anything), it means to be a man.


Starring acclaimed actor Brendan Ewing as Dr. Pluck and Todd Levi of the ABC’s Parer’s War (2014) success, Pluck! follows the story of a psychologist, Jeremy Pluck (Ewing), who is trying to spice up his marriage.

Pick up a copy of the Kama Sutra and start spinning some Marvin Gaye, right? Wrong. Unfortunately the affair is no joking matter after a midnight stroll goes horribly wrong when a misspent youth robs them, nabbing Daphne’s heirloom necklace.

The incident leaves Daphne furious. She thinks Pluck is a flat-out wuss. She wants her necklace back. She wants a mean-looking dog. She wants a state-of-the art security system for their bourgeois, suburban fortress. However, Pluck reckons he can satisfy her with his big, black gun. At the end of the day, Daphne just wants to feel safe again.

Pluck Image 2Nominated for the ARTRAGE Theatre Award 2013, Pluck! is a ferocious one-act play, filled with enough blood, sex and shoot-outs to make Sergio Leone weep. In that case, you will most certainly be glad you pressed pause on those Breaking Bad re-runs and saw some exceptional Australian black comedy and melodrama IRL (in real life).

Pluck Image 3“It’s going to be a fun night out. Laughs, a bit of blood … It’s a tale about a couple who reignite their passion for each other through blood and gore. What’s not to love? It’s also being told by a group of Melbourne’s finest actors,” says director Alan Chambers.  


Directed by NIDA graduate Alan Chambers, Pluck! opens Tuesday June 30 and runs until Sunday July 5th at The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. Performances are at 8.00pm (July 1 and 5) and 9.00pm (July 2, 3 and 4).

Tickets and more information can be found here.


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