HAUNTINGLY GOOD FUN

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

FA­THER Costello and his flock of nuns are back in the habit this month hav­ing their high spir­its dashed by a trou­ble­some ghost.

Writ­ten and di­rected by pro­lific Perth play­wright Noel O’Neill, Hail Mary 2: The Haunt­ing comes to the Old Mill The­atre this Au­gust, pre­sented in con­junc­tion with Mav­er­ick The­atre Pro­duc­tions.

The con­vent of Our Lady of the Vines is again un­der threat but this time it’s a haunt­ing caus­ing con­cern.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously saved them­selves from shut­ting their doors by var­i­ous slightly ques­tion­able means, the nuns again face the threat of clo­sure from the church hi­er­ar­chy un­less the haunt­ing can be ex­or­cised.

The nuns try to cast out the devil and their ef­forts lead to hi­lar­i­ous con­se­quences.

“The big­gest chal­lenge in any se­quel is to al­ways try and make them fun­nier than the orig­i­nal,” O’Neill said.

“In the first Hail Mary, I wanted to show the com­i­cal side of how nuns might be­have among them­selves; we had real nuns in the au­di­ence who thought it was very funny,” he said.

Hail Mary 2: The Haunt­ing plays at 8pm, Au­gust 24, 25, 26 and 27 with a 2pm mati­nee on Au­gust 28. Tick­ets $27 ($22 con­ces­sion,). Call 9367 8719 or visit www.try­book­ing.com.

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