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Jon Walpole Butterfly

Jon Walpole Butterfly

"Man was not meant to fly, but butterflies were." Joe Biden

Jon Walpole dared to ask if he could surgically alter himself to become an actual man-sized butterfly. After six long months of elective surgeries that put a strain on an already underfunded public health system, he got his answer  – no, your organs will fail.

After being declared legally dead for nine minutes, a medical miracle saw Jon spring back to life. He promptly scrapped the idea and decided to become a metaphorical butterfly instead. This show is about that.

Fresh from training at the famous French clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Jon Walpole returns to Australia with his newest and most daring show yet. Butterfly is a combination of sketch, clown, improvised audience interaction and musical comedy.

'One of Australia's most promising comedians.' ★★★★★ Subculture

'Infectious energy.' ★★★★ Lilithia Reviews

'A runaway train of jokes, characters, and comic tirades.' ★★★★ Theatre People

'The man of a thousand faces.' ★★★★ Tay Around Town

'The whole room becomes a playground.' Squirrel Comedy

'Unique, innovative and clever comedy.' Weekend Notes

Created, written and performed by Jon Walpole

Directed by James McLennan

Suitable for audiences 15+

This show contains: Audience participation, Mild language.


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