Pluck re-live the Titanic orchestra’s fateful voyage.
'A brilliant mix of high comedy, astonishing musicianship and a touch of romance, Pluck give us a re-imagined telling of the musicians who stayed behind on the Titanic in spite of a strange intruder, string rivalry, and well, the obvious sinking of the vessel on which they are playing. It's funny, musical, and not the least bit sad. 4 stars'
'Think Laurel and Hardy hijack Jack and Rose's 'Titanic', forget the tragic ending, and enjoy this very British affair. The show is a tribute to the musicians who died aboard the Titanic, although by their own admittance, '
'PLUCK offers a refreshingly innocent shelter from the grimy fall-out of creative desperation that so many shows inflict on Edinburgh audiences each August. This year the sprightly string trio take their audience on a fateful trip on the RMS Titanic. It's all aboard for jolly japes as Shakespearean-style cross-dressing and unrequited love cause confusion and chaos, performed to the tune of impeccably played violin, viola and cello. While the musicians' mothers no doubt envisaged their talented offspring gracing the salons and opera theatres of Europe, it's our good fortune to be able to witness the performers' remarkable talent for constructing garden furniture or gliding across the stage on wheels while never stumbling in their renditions of Mozart, Rossini and the occasional jig. Admittedly, their songs, while well executed, seem to be steering somewhat off course from the main plot. But despite specialising in the absurd, so evocative is Pluck's playing that their performance in the scene when the ship goes down creates an unexpected glistening in the eyes of more than a few of the audience. Thankfully, the trio leave us with a happy ending and spirits uplifted, as we head out into the less-refined chaos of the rest of the Fringe once more. '
'If the Marx Brothers had gone to Juilliard, this might have been the type of show they would have put on. Violinist Adrian Garratt, violist Jon Regan and cellist Sian Kadifachi are proficient musicians as well as agile practitioners of the physical, silent-movie style of comedy that would have been in vogue around 1912, when the Titanic made its ill-fated journey. A screen resembling a porthole in the middle of the stage even shows selected scenes (some with old-fashioned title cards) ranging from actual Titanic footage to hilarious silent melodramas, a clever use of silhouettes and a fantasy sequence imagining a sunnier fate for the hapless musicians. The trio performs everything from Mozart and Rossini to Scott Joplin rags while arguing, flirting, playing cards (and cheating), juggling and, most adroitly, setting up wooden deck chairs. With comedy and classical music, it's all in the timing. '
'If these players were hacks, the entire performance would be a painful experience for the audience. But instead, the three Pluck members are each stellar musicians. So, we’ve got great music. Now, add in a stage show. The Titanic Show is based on the lives of the string players on board the ship who played on the famous ship even while sinking. Not much is known about these players, although fact has been incorporated where the researchers were able. However, this is mostly silly fun and as the program states, “Nobody knows what happened to those brave few before tragedy struck…so Pluck has made it up.”__Like musical humorists such as Victor Borge and PDQ Bach, Pluck have this tricky performance art perfected. The jokes reach a wide audience and the physical comedy is nearly non-stop. And somehow they manage to give The Titanic Show a happy ending.'
The New Gay Theatre Review
Clown & Physical Comedy, International Tour, National Tour