Ashley Reed – ActorAshley_Reed

Ashley has performed with Offshore Theatre for over a decade in productions of ‘Pirates of Penzance’, ‘Verdict’, ‘Outside Edge’, ‘The Golden Legion of Cleaning Women’, ‘Table Manners’ and ‘Round and Round the Garden’.  He most recently appeared in the 2014 radio play ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’.  His roles have generally involved drunken characters notable for their unsuccessful womanising, where he says he has been able to hide his lack of talent by drawing on life experience.  After performing in the ‘Pot Luck’ production and radio plays in 2014 Ashley appeared in The Beauty Sleeping pantomime in early 2015 and now returns for ‘Butterside Up’ in May 2015.

Simon Furniss – Actor

Simon Oct 2014Simon Furniss is originally from Cornwall in England but he and his family have lived on Phillip Island for the past eight years.  Simon worked as a stagehand at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh for 5 years, then toured Spain in 1995 as a singer.  Since joining Offshore Theatre he has taken part in several radio plays at the Phillip Island Winery, as well as playing Reg in ‘Table Manners’,  and ‘Round and Round the Garden’.

Simon appeared in ‘A Family Affair’ radio play in November 2014 following a leading role in Wonthaggi Theatre Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar as Pilate.  He also featured in ‘The Beauty Sleeping’ pantomime in January 2015.



Nina Prideaux – ActorNina_Prideaux

Nina Prideaux has lived on Phillip Island for nine years and teaches Music & Drama at Newhaven College.  She completed her Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University in 1998.  Nina has worked professionally in Theatre in Education and Children’s Education for many years and also teaches piano locally.  Since becoming a member of Offshore Theatre, she has appeared in several radio plays at the Phillip Island Winery , ‘Table Manners’ in 2012 and Round and Round the Garden in 2013 at the Cowes Cultural Centre.

Nina appeared in the radio play ‘A Family Affair” performed at the Phillip Island Golf Club in November 2014 and joins the cast for ‘Butterside Up’ in May 2015.

Anna van CaemAnna van Caem

Anna has been involved in theatre for many years and has performed lead and ensemble roles in various Melbourne amateur theatre groups before moving to Phillip Island in 1996.

She immediately joined Offshore Theatre and has acted, sung and danced in many musicals, pantomimes, plays and radio plays.

Anna loves comedic roles and her most recent role as a bubbly barmaid in the local “Out of the Blue” play dealing with men’s depression has given her the confidence to ‘tread the boards’ once again in the May 2015 production of ‘A Little Box of Oblivion’.


Remi D’Agostin – Actorremi_dagostin

Remi D’Agostin has always loved the theatre.  As a youngster she periodically performed stage shows with her sisters at family gatherings and read Shakespeare’s classics in the school holidays.  Never far from a theatre group, Remi has tried her hand at acting and dabbled in production elements. Recently, Remi moved to the Island, has become a Drama teacher, taken up fishing and is very excited to have found Offshore Theatre.

Remi appeared in ‘The Ladybirds’ in 2014 and returns for the May 2015 production of ‘Butterside Up’.

Lewis PortaLewis Porta

Lew returns to Offshore Theatre after a 7 year absence to perform in ‘A Little Box of Oblivion’ in May 2015.  He has performed in a mixed medley of shows with Offshore productions and Wonthaggi – including both serious and comical roles.  The last being Robinson Crusoe with Offshore Theatre.  Earlier performances include ‘The Hollow’ and ‘Travelling North’.


Holly Hatch – Actorholly_marr

Holly is a teacher at Newhaven College.  She studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and majored in Theatre and Visual Media.

Holly has performed in both naturalistic and non-naturalistic performances during her studies in and outside university.

She has had a break from being on the stage for a few years and returned to Offshore Theatre for the 2014 production of ‘The Ladybirds’ and will appear in ‘Butterside Up’ in May 2015.


 John Swarbrick – ActorDSC03790

John is a retired Electrical Engineer, born in Yorkshire in England, who came to Australia with his family in 1966.  He made his stage debut at the age of 73 as the carpenter in Offshore Theatre’s production of ‘HMS Pinafore’ and then as Davy Jones in the pantomime ‘Robinson Crusoe’.

John Joined Stephanie Mann’s U3A Stagecraft group and has enjoyed learning stagecraft and performing the series of ‘Albert’ monologues. John performed with Paula Summerville in the December 2013 Radio Plays at the Phillip Island Winery and ‘Pot Luck’ one act play in May 2014.

John returns to the main stage in the may 2015 production of ‘ A Little box of Oblivion’.

Christina O’Toole – ActorChrstina O'Toole

Christina joined Offshore Theatre in Feb 2014 and has always loved the theatre.  She was involved in an amateur theatre group in Qld in her early twenties and is thoroughly enjoyed being in the production of ‘The Ladybirds’ in May 2014.

Christina will be appearing in the May 2015 production of ‘A Little Box of Oblivion’.


Ursula Burley – Actorursula Burley

Ursula has lived on Phillip Island since 2000.  She is a member of U3A Island Harmony Singers who perform at local nursing homes and at the annual U3A concert. Ursula has appeared in ‘HMS Pinafore’ for Offshore Theatre as part of the chorus, as part of the backing singers for ‘Traviata’, and a small part in one of Stephanie Mann’s Stagecraft productions for U3A ‘In the Picture’. Ursula has helped out with front of house duties for most productions and appeared in ‘The Ladybirds’ in May 2014.


 Jan Coulson – Director & ActorJanCoulson2

Jan moved to Phillip Island from Melbourne with her husband in June 2013. Jan brings with her with wide experience in both acting and directing.

Most of the productions were with Mordialloc Theatre Company, joining at age 17 and was awarded Life Membership in recognition of her work with them. She has also been involved with Emerald Hill, Jacaranda and Clayton theatre companies.

During the Moomba Festivals of Drama Jan was awarded Best Actress (Spring & Port Wine) and Best Director (Enemy).

Jan makes her debut as A Director for Offshore Theatre with ‘A Little Box of Oblivion’ for the May 2015 season.

Paula Summerville – Actor

Paula Summerville retired to the island in 2002.  Prior to retirement she was Personnel Manager of an engineering company.  Joining U3A in Cowes she soon became involved with the Stagecraft group having had no previous experience in acting since her schooldays.  Paula has since appeared in short plays and monologues in the annual U3A concerts. In 2012, with Offshore Theatre Paula played Audrey in a radio play ‘Silver Wedding’ at the Phillip Island Winery.