Pluck's Musical Arson
The classical cabaret trio Pluck describe themselves as "hilariously incompetent.... not so much a classical trio as a classical mistake".
Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth and the brilliant musicianship of Kit Massey (violin), Brooke Day (viola) and Flora Allison ('cello) shone through even the most alarmingly physical stunts that their slapstick routine called for in this highly entertaining show. Veterans of theatre, cabaret and festival stages, and having performed everywhere from bridges to boxing rings, Pluck has played to sold out crowds across the globe and won four international awards.
Their show at the Michael Croft Theatre, which delighted the large audience and the youngsters in particular, is comprised of rather lovely music played under rather strained circumstances. Viola and violin battle for proprietorship of the music stand. Bitchiness and, well, Arson ensue as they try to out-do each other. The tiny cellist battles with being pushed out altogether and, of course, the ever-show stealing violinist acts with wonderful arrogance towards the butt of his jokes, the hapless violist. Pluck aren't afraid to send themselves up, and generations of classical music buffs with them, and do it with spot on comedy and style. Slapstick and beautiful music are idiosyncratically combined in this musical romp from the 14th century to mockeries of modern composers, The Beatles, and even a venture into a cappella.
The unique rendition of Stand By Me and the astonishing 1812 Overture (complete with cowbell groin attachments) were the highlights of the evening. Do you know anyone else who can play viola while ensnared in a curtain? Or violin while wearing only union jack boxers? Or cello, with two people at once? Imagination, great timing, class and style, Pluck's show was quite simply brilliantly played musical comedy that didn't miss a beat.
Pluck! Musical Arson (Michael Croft Theatre 28th February)
Review by David Young