Black Comedy: A Double Bill Of Murder

THE SECOND SEASON in our series of radio plays, presented in conjunction with Phillip Island’s Offshore Theatre, brought a double-bill of murder to the Phillip Island Winery.

To full houses over six nights, Offshore Theatre presented two ’black comedy’ radio plays, each with a twist to intrigue and entertain.

Directed by Stephanie Daniel, who also directed and adapted the summer season of Blithe Spirit, the first of the two features was set in gangland Chicago; the other, ‘Only a Rose’, brought mayhem and murder to a gardening club.

With local actors, Nina, Simon, Julie and Babs in the lead roles, and Pip Cleeland on sound effects, it was old time ‘steam driven radio’ at the winery – lots of fun, and with everyone close to the action.

With a wintery May blast outside, guests to our snug cellar door enjoyed a hot crock-pot chunky beef pie, spinach and ricotta rolls, delicious Gippsland cheeses and salads, and tea and coffee with homemade shortbreads, fruitcake and Turkish delights.

Watch for our next season of radio-play theatre. We’re planning on a spring season.

Return Season For ‘Blithe Spirit’ At Phillip Island Winery

Alison Kingston as Ruth and Julie Thomas as the eccentric medium Madame Arcati

DINNER THEATRE CAME to Phillip Island with Offshore Theatre’s production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Phillip Island Winery – and it’s coming back again in January.

With just five shows and limited seats available, the show was packed out every night. The audience, whose enjoyment of the show and of the unusual theatre setting was obvious, were treated to scintillating performances from the Offshore Theatre cast.

Presented as a ‘radio play’ with sound effects and music, and with lead roles by Alison Kingston as Ruth Condomine, Darren George as her husband Charles, Cheryl Alkemade as his departed former wife, Elvira, and Julie Thomas as the medium, Madame Arcati, the strong performances from all of the cast brought Noel Coward’s farcical and very amusing script to life.

“Blithe Spirit is full of such wry wit and wonderful dialogue. It adapts so wonderfully to a ‘radio play’ format,” said Stephanie Daniel, who directed the show and adapted the script.

“This style of theatre works very well in the intimate setting at the winery. We hope this performance is just the first of many more such shows for Offshore Theatre.”

“With a show, a beautiful setting and a lovely meal and wine, what could be better?” Stephanie said.

The good news, for those who missed out, is that Offshore Theatre has agreed to present the show again for four nights in late January. (Provisionally mark off Friday and Saturday 14, 15, 21 and 22 January at this point.) Watch this site and the Phillip Island Advertiser for details closer to the dates.