Past Productions


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Offshore Theatre was very excited to present our production of an Australian play by renowned playwright Louis Nowra, Cosi. Cosi was directed by Amanda Price and was cast with well known actors to Gippsland theatre audiences as well as introducing some new and exciting faces to our company.
Cosi is an autobiographical story from Louis Nowra about his first directing job straight out of university in a time of much turbulence and change on the Australian cultural landscape set amongst the back drop of a divide in public opinion about the Vietnam War.
Set in a mental institution in Melbourne 1973, Lewis a naïve Northcote resident is required to direct a play with patients in an old burnt out theatre on land the institution has purchased next door. There is not much faith in the project by institutional staff but the patients have other ideas, especially Roy who loves Mozart’s opera Cosi fan Tutte and imagines that he and six other patients can pull it off for one magical night. Lewis imagines a much simpler project but is convinced by Roy’s desperate passion to give it a go. The result is a touching, sometimes funny often confronting story about ‘ordinary people living extraordinary lives’.
Cosi was staged with a  preview on Thursday 12th of April and then opened on Friday 13th of April at the Cowes Cultural Centre on the corner of Thompson Ave and Church St Cowes and runs until April 21st. Tickets were available to purchase online at Trybooking.com or in person at Alex Scott & Staff in Cowes.
Offshore Theatre is also very keen to invite you to be an active member of our company. We need all sorts of people to ensure Offshore Theatre continues to thrive and grow, not just actors but people interested in set design, building and painting, lighting and sound, stage, back stage, costumes, administration, publicity. There is a role for everybody in a community theatre company. Please express your interest through our email address offshoretheatre@gmail.com or check in with our front of house staff at a performance of Cosi.

The Shifting Heart by Richard Beynon

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The Shifting Heart by Richard Beynon is set in the backstreets of Collingwood Melbourne in the late 1950’s.  The Bianchi family have immigrated from Italy and have been living in Australia for eight years.  Tonight is Christmas Eve.  Maria the daughter of the Bianchi’s is married to Clarry, a scrape metal worker and pregnant with their first child.  Gino her brother is keen to go to the dance at the Collingwood Town Hall, but will he be welcome there.  Well, he’s not really Australian is he?  The Shifting Heart is an insight...

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Reflections & Confessions

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An evening of monologues at the beautiful Trenavin Chapel in Ventnor. ‘Reflections and Confessions’ was presented in the form of a somewhat confused Church Service – taking it’s theme from the ambience of Trenavin Chapel. The monologues encompass poetry and prose, and are mainly humorous in tone, although there are a few more serious moments. Tickets on sale from 9am 26th October 2015 for Offshore Theatre’s next Production   The dates for the performances were the 26th, 27th, and 28th of November 2015.  The performances were...

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Two One-Act Plays

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Two One-Act Plays

Offshore Theatre is presenting two one-act plays in May 2015 at the Cowes Cultural Centre. Butter Side Up – by Maggie Dealey and directed by Sara Fleisner A 50 minute comedy set in a coastal B’n’B.  There are domestic dramas going on between Sally, Sam and Charlie. Then the guests appear.  Nem has an uncanny knack of upsetting everyone, while respectable Miss Hartley appears to be wanted by the Police.   Then the roof starts leaking and the power goes off.  Surprisingly, this cheers everyone up! Featuring local actors: Nina...

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The Beauty Sleeping

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The Beauty Sleeping

Offshore Theatre commences the 2015 season with “The Beauty Sleeping”. Join in with Mother Droopy (Simon Furniss) and her two sons, Fiddle Droopy (Sianan Price) and Tinkle Droopy (Imogen Price) as they take the well-loved characters from Sleeping Beauty on a pantomime adventure. Audience members should be prepared to boo at Hogben, The Bad Witch of the South, (Emma Volard), to Yodel to bring the assistance of Betty, The Good Witch of the North, (Alycia James) and to sing along with Mother Droopy whenever she demands. Music has...

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A Family Affair

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A Family Affair

Phillip Island Offshore Theatre proudly presents a one-act comedy radio play   The play is set in Doreen’s and Brian’s dining room over a Sunday lunch.  Doreen and Miriam are sisters who have always been jealous of each other – especially where men are concerned.  Brian (Doreen’s husband) is caught in the middle, however, he has a few secrets of his own……… Starring Simon Furniss as Brian Mel Beynon as Doreen (Brian’s wife) Nina Prideaux as Miriam (Doreen’s sister) Dates November 13th, 14th and 15th 2014 Time Phillip Island Golf Club...

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Pot Luck

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Pot Luck

Potluck – Directed by Joan Johnston & Jenni Boyle A young couple have just moved into a new apartment and are in the throes of unpacking, when the husband remembers he has asked the boss and his wife for tea. Their frantic efforts to put dinner together are complicated by the presence, in the basement, of their very disreputable landlord. The eventual dinner party is somewhat...

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The Ladybirds

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The Ladybirds

Ladybirds – Directed by Sara Fleisner A 40 minute play with an all-female cast presented in May 2014. The village drama group has lost all their men. The future looks bleak until a bright, young director, Francesca Delmarco, agrees to help them out. She is professionally trained and she has a plan which will give the group a new lease of life. She persuades them to enter the ‘Dame Agnes Wragg Festival of One Act Plays for an all-female Cast’ with a play she has written herself. Francesca’s play is controversial; it...

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Careful what you wish for

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Careful what you wish for

Radio Plays @ Phillip Island Golf Club The 2014 season commenced with a series of short radio plays at The Phillip Island Golf Club in April 2014.  two sell out nights ensured a great start to the season. “Careful what you wish for” A series of pieces commenting on some of the unexpected aspects of entering into a relationship. The evening  commenced  with a short piece titled ‘The one night stand’ featuring Julie Thomas and Darren George. After a short break for dessert, 4 monologues titled “The Helping Profession”...

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An Entertainment on Marriage

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An Entertainment on Marriage

Radio Play Mixed Doubles – “An Entertainment on Marriage” Sell out shows were held over 4 nights in December 2013, featuring 3 different reflections on married life. The first performance featured Offshore Theatre regular Nina Prideaux and new comer Michael Schuller portraying a couple on their annual camping holiday – sharing some amusing insights into their 20 years of marriage. The second performance featured Sara Fleisner and Simon Furniss – regular Offshore Theatre performers. Their dialogue was presented in a combination of shared...

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Round and Round the Garden

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Round and Round the Garden

‘Round and Round the Garden’ by Alan Ayckbourn Round and Round the Garden’ is the second play in the trilogy, ‘The Norman Conquests’, written by Alan Ayckbourn. In these three, cleverly interlocking plays, six people gather in a country house in England, over one summer weekend in the 70s. Events are seen unfolding over the weekend from the vantage point of three different areas: ‘Table Manners’ in the dining room, ‘Living Together’ in the living room and, outside the house, ‘Round and Round the Garden’.  Each play is self-contained and the...

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