From Sydney, NSW


by Phil Spencer
A Critical Stages Production

 Previous Season: NSW Tour, Lorne Arts Festival, Sydney Fringe, Sydney Theatre Company's Rough Draft Program
 Genre:  Comedy, Storytelling, Theatre, Music
 Duration:  60 minutes
 Suits:  Any space
 Minimum Stage:  6m width x 4m depth
 Touring:  2015 - 2017

“Spencer’s charm and winning on-stage charisma is simply delightful.”  ✮✮✮✮ (The Brag)

"Phil Spencer, the Dave Allen of modern storytelling, sans the scotch and half finger." (ABC 702)

Writer/Performer: Phil Spencer
Musician: Julia Johnson
Director: Scarlet McGlynn
Dramaturg: Polly Rowe
Set Designer: Jonathan Hindmarsh
Lighting Designer: Christopher Page

This project was originally developed through the Sydney Theatre Company Rough Draft program.


Mixing stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music, HOOTING & HOWLING is a true story of soul searching, wise cracking and good old fashioned ghost hunting.

Join playwright and raconteur Phil Spencer (Story Club ABC 2, Boxing Day) and banjopicking songstress Julia Johnson for a comedic journey through life, death and the afterlife via Sydney’s own Alcatraz.

Directed by award-winning director Scarlet McGlynn (Show Me Yours, Boxing Day) HOOTING & HOWLING is a tale of one man’s induction into the realm of the supernatural and his desperate efforts to resist being an atheist ‘know it all’ as a group of eccentric hobbyists attempt to make contact with the unknown, armed with only torches and a packet of ginger snap biscuits.

Weaving a heartfelt and fright filled tale with a handful of new songs by the utterly magical Julia Johnson, HOOTING & HOWLING is simple story telling at its very best.

Press for Phil Spencer's previous shows:

“Phil Spencer has written a script so rich in character and plots that you’re hooked from the get go… There are too many laugh-out-loud moments to mention.” ✮✮✮✮ (The Brag on Boxing Day)

“Spencer’s agile performance is deeply compelling” (Daily Review on Destroyer of Worlds)

“Spencer is charming, sincere and bubbling with relatable anger and doubt.” (Radio Adelaide on Destroyer of Worlds)




Performer: Phil Spencer
 Performer: Julia Johnson

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