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Haunting tale explores whether the afterlife exists
Love ghost stories? Get freaked out easily? Can't wait for Halloween?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then head into The Butterfly Club to see Hooting & Howling at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Book your tickets here.
Phil Spencer and Julia Johnson
Through music and storytelling, Julia and Phil take us on a haunting journey to examine the afterlife in a 24-hour ghost hunt. Phil leaves Gilbert the Cat to go on a spontaneous adventure armed with a torch, gingersnaps and Christmas bauble on his quest to know whether paranormal phenomena or the 'afterlife' exist.
On his way to Cockatoo Island (aka Alcatraz), Phil meets Jules the South African tour guide, and Garry the paranormal expert, leader of the overnight glamping expedition. Will Phil outlive his scepticism? How will Phil cope surrounded by paranormal enthusiasts? Does Phil have enough ginger snaps in his backpack to survive a potential zombie holocaust?
Comedy aside, Hooting & Howling is about Phil trying to come to terms with his grief and loss after a death of a loved one, and his quest to know whether an afterlife exists.
Julia (Julia and the Deep-Sea Sirens) complements Phil's (Story Club) comedic storytelling with her intimate mastery of banjo (played with slide and violin bow) and Celtic, mystical and hypnotic lyrics, reminiscent of Enya, Jewell, with a touch of Stevie Nicks.
Come on the journey with Julia and Phil at the Butterfly Club now until 25 September.
Remember to bring your torch and plenty of ginger snaps!