Over the years that Offshore Theatre has been in existence there have been many directors, actors and committee people involved in bringing theatrical experiences to Phillip Island. Here are just a few ………
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Stephanie Mann – Director
27 March 1948 – 30 December 2013
Stephanie Mann was the Director of Phillip Island Offshore Theatre for a number of years and assisted in rejuvenating the theatre company. Stephanie was involved in directing productions held at the Cowes Cultural Centre and also radio plays held at the Phillip Island Winery.
Her last production was Round and Round the Garden in April 2014. She participated in rehearsals during treatment for cancer and held a “Shave Off” after the last performance to raise money for ovarian cancer research.
She was nominated for the Bass Coast Arts & Cultural Ambassador of the Year and was posthumously recognised with the award in January 2014.
The following is a copy of the obituary notice placed in The Age newspaper.
Lovers of audio books lost one of their finest storytellers when actor Stephanie Daniel died of cancer.
In recent years, she found fame as the voice of Phryne Fisher and all the other characters in Kerry Greenwood’s series of books about the elegant 1920s Melbourne sleuth, on which the ABC TV series is based.
Daniel trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London on leaving school, before working in repertory around England.
She toured Austria in 1970 with a Shakespeare for schools project, before moving to Munich in 1971 to work on dubbing European films into English. She had a small role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and was the make-up and camera double for Liza Minnelli in Cabaret.
Having met partner David Mann in 1972, she moved with him to Britain in 1976 and then to Montreal in 1980. Mann quipped that actors and engineers are not normal pairings, but their love affair lasted more than 40 years until her death.
Daniel worked in theatre in Montreal, where their daughter Emma was born in 1982, and moved to Melbourne in 1984, taking roles in Neighbours and a part in the Australian classic film The Castle.
Daniel continued her voiceover work, setting up her own business, Children’s Talking Books, recording children’s stories written by Australian and New Zealand authors, because previously all children’s stories were recorded in American English. She was a much admired and valued professional narrator and voice actor for Vision Australia, CBM and Bolinda Books.
Daniel was known for her one-woman play on Jane Austen, An Uneventful Life, which she wrote and performed. She had a special talent for recreating famous literary figures, and her wonderful play about Austen brought the spirit and the words of the great author to life with charm and precision.
She became the artistic director of Beleura House and Garden in Mornington and rejuvenated Philip Island’s Offshore Theatre, where she lived, and directed an acting course and annual concert at the University of the Third Age.
Just before she died, she learned that she was to receive the 2014 Bass Coast Arts and Cultural Ambassador Award on Australia Day 2014. In her absence, her partner and daughter accepted the award.
Daniel recorded most of the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood, on which the ABC TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was based.
Greenwood described Daniel as the definitive voice of Phryne Fisher.
“Stephanie will be remembered as the voice of Phryne,” she said. ”She had the perfect accent, the fine intonation, and a wicked skill for mimicry.
”Whenever Bolinda was making a new audio book, Stephanie would ring me with a list of questions a mile long, make me pronounce the languages and sing the songs, and record it all to reproduce in her trademark velvety tone.
”Everyone loved her work. When I announced her death on my Facebook page, more than 4000 people saw it, and many wrote in to deplore the loss of such an artist. I cannot imagine who could even begin to take her place.”
Stephanie Daniel is survived by her partner David and daughter Emma.
Julie Houghton is an actor and journalist who was a colleague of Stephanie Daniel at Vision Australia.
Kerry Greenwood is an author.
Amanda Price – Founding member, Director, Actor
Amanda is a founding member of Offshore Theatre and also a Life Member. She has performed in many plays over the years and has also directed many plays. Amanda was drawn back to the stage in 2012 by the role of Sarah in the first installment of ‘The Norman Conquests’ -‘Table Manners’, – a part she has wanted to play since her earliest days in the theatre. Amanda revisited the role of Sarah in the second instalment ‘Round and Round the Garden’ in 2013.
Amanda also performed in Offshore Theatre’s radio plays at the Phillip Island Winery – ‘Ways & Means’ in January 2012 and the hugely successful ‘Same Time Next Year’ in January 2013. In 2014 Amanda appeared in the Wonthaggi Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar playing the role of Simon Zealot.
In 2015 Amanda was re elected as President of the Company and in 2017 produced ‘The Shifting Heart’ by Richard Beynon a poignant play set in 1957 in the backstreets of Collingwood and dealt with the familiar themes of racisim and immigration.
1n 2018 Amanda was back in the director’s chair with a very talent cast of actors to produce Louis Nowra’s ‘Cosi’. The production was sold out after the first two shows and was a very rewarding experience for Amanda, Cast, Crew and audiences.
Amanda is always on the lookout for the next great project and reads many scripts in search of something wonderful, always mindful of how it will sit on the stage at the Cowes Cultural Centre. Amanda will always welcome suggestions of great scripts from our dedicated supporters.