Trick or Treatment

Mon 25 to Sun 31 Mar

Trick or Treatment

Big pharma gets a bad rap, but what about big chakra? Could horse de-wormers cure a global pandemic? Can I mainline the placebo effect? Come on a science comedy journey through the wild and weird and occasionally effective world of alternative medicine with Alanta Colley as your test subject.

In 2010 Alanta stood in a clinic in remote Uganda, watching a woman with malaria receive electric acupuncture and silver particles in water. When Alanta raised objections that this therapy didn’t treat malaria she was threatened with defamation. While the threat was as bogus as the treatment, it sparked in Alanta a deep curiosity about what makes alternative medicines so alluring, which ones work, which ones don’t and the mysterious power of the placebo effect.

While we grapple with the daily perils of a life confined within these fragile mortal vessels, it seems entirely sensible to search for any balm that might alleviate our aches, and make us healthier, happier and better at parallel parking. But who do we turn to?

As big pharma gets a bad rap more folk turn to big chakra. But how do we navigate the litany of therapies offering access to ancient wisdom, invisible energy flows, the healing powers of exotic plants, animals and gurus? What is harmless, what is harmful and what does the evidence say? Can science measure the healing powers of alternative medicine? Or is time spent googling clinical trials better spent pursuing influencers on instagram?

Which practitioners genuinely hold the promise for treating some of our most elusive ailments, and which ones are simply profiteering on the infirm and the desperate?

Come on a science comedy journey through the wild and weird and occasionally effective world of alternative medicine with Alanta as your test subject, putting her money where her mouth is and trialling some of the more out there alternative treatments so you don’t have to. This show is not covered by Medicare.

Dates

Monday 25 March 2024 8:30pm
Tuesday 26 March 2024 8:30pm
Wednesday 27 March 2024 8:30pm
Thursday 28 March 2024 8:30pm
Friday 29 March 2024 8:30pm
Saturday 30 March 2024 8:30pm
Sunday 31 March 2024 8:30pm

Prices

Full $39
Concession $35
Group (6+) $31
Member $31
Early Bird (until 31 Jan) $29
Broke Butterfly $15

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Arrive Early

At least 30 minutes before the show. Our performances start bang on time and it takes a hot second to welcome you into the building.

Under 18s

The Butterfly Club is a licensed venue. Under 18s can only attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.