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pluck. productions present their first four-week run - the world premiere of David K. Barnes' BIRTHDAY SUIT at the Old Red Lion.
pluck. productions present their first four-week run - the world premiere of David K. Barnes' BIRTHDAY SUIT at the Old Red Lion.
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ABOUT THE PLAY

“This is where the magic happens!” ​

It's Richard's birthday. The big 4-0. He's throwing a party and inviting all his colleagues. Diane is new to the firm, and, delighted to be asked, she's brought along her boyfriend, Nick, who has promised to be the spirit of party itself. ​ There's trifle. Lots of trifle. And nibbles. There's just one problem. Nobody else is coming to Richard's party. ​

It looks like Diane and Nick are in for a long evening, trapped with their peculiar host and their own worst anxieties. Until, that is, someone does turn up. Someone with a lot of history, and an appetite for revenge. ​

"Not interrupting anything? I let myself in..."​

BIRTHDAY SUIT is a sharp and biting new comedy from one of the UK’s funniest up-and-coming writers David K Barnes (Wooden Overcoats, iTunes Best of 2015 - 'highly recommended' - The Telegraph), BIRTHDAY SUIT asks: at what point we do give up our dreams and join in with the real world?

EJ Martin as DIANE and Philip Honeywell as NICK
EJ Martin as DIANE and Philip Honeywell as NICK

ABOUT US

pluck. productions are a young company of theatremakers formed by two actor-producers in 2014. We have to date produced three full-length plays, including two other world premiere pieces from incredible emerging writers - Clap Hands by Aaron Hubbard (Hackney Showrooms) and Venus Quarry by Damien Hasson (Broadway Theatre, Catford). We also run regular new writing nights at the Park Theatre as a means of introducing the various wonderfully talented actors, directors and writers that we know to one another with a view to fostering future artistic collaborations.

Liam Bewley as RICHARD in rehearsals with director Alice Malin. (Rehearsal shots courtesy of Mathew Foster)
Liam Bewley as RICHARD in rehearsals with director Alice Malin. (Rehearsal shots courtesy of Mathew Foster)

WHY WE NEED YOU (AND YOUR MONEY)

We have produced three projects by new writers so far, each of which has attempted to build on the success of the previous one and slowly increase in scope, scale and production values. We have been working hard behind the scenes over the last year to secure the future of our business - we are now a limited company with investors, shareholders, an accountant, and other scary grown-up things.

We have done this because we are now at the stage where we no longer want to flutter our eyelashes at people and get them to do it for passion alone - we want to remunerate people for their involvement in our shows, and we want that to be a sustainable model that we develop further over time and take forward to the next project, and the next.

BIRTHDAY SUIT marks our first production where our cast and crew will be paid for their contribution. This is landmark for us, and we want it to be the beginning of something very special indeed. Because it is our first four-week run, we also have a lot of other overheads to cover, including rental of a venue in central London, rehearsal space, marketing, PR and advertising, insurance, set construction costs, and everything in between.

We have already raised a substantial amount of capital for this, but we are depending on your kindness and generosity to get us over the last financial hurdle. Anything at all that you can give will result in our eternal gratitude (and a pretty sweet reward!), and help support not only this production, but future projects, and help to create jobs and creative opportunities in the process.

Emily Stride in rehearsal as VALERIE
Emily Stride in rehearsal as VALERIE

 

Risks and challenges

Premiering a brand new play in a saturated marketplace without a cast full of people off the telly is always going to be a huge risk, both financially and creatively.

It might be a triumphant creative hit that nobody comes to see, we might be packed to the rafters every night with people that don't really like what we've made. We're risking our business, our reputation and our future professional lives on this project.

In order to maximise our chances of success, we are giving it absolutely everything we've got. We have spent a large chunk of money in the company coffers on the services of a proper, shiny PR company to ensure the show is being promoted well, both inside and outside the industry. We are doing everything we can to get bums on seats and spread the word near and far, and hopefully secure a life for the show beyond the end of of run at the Old Red Lion.

We've also assembled a crack team - we've got a killer cast, an incredible director with a fantastic CV and a very bright future (Alice Malin), a very talented, award-nominated production designer (Georgia de Grey) and two fantastic and visionary gents working on sound and lighting (Richard Bell and Sam Waddington).

We at pluck. have always prided ourselves on striving for the highest possible production values, even when operating on shoestring budgets at the very beginning, and this - our most ambitious project to date - will be no exception.

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