Winter Nights With Noel Coward At The Winery

IT WILL BE A NIGHT of old-fashioned ‘steam-driven radio’ at the Phillip Island Winery when the Offshore Theatre Group presents its winter radio play: Noel Coward’s very funny deco set-piece, Ways and Means.

Performed like an old-time radio show (remember The Goons and Blue Hills?) Ways and Means is the second of Noel Coward’s play to be featured at the winery, the first being the very successful Blithe Spirit.

Radio Play Ways and Means

Directed by Stephanie Daniel, Ways and Means is limited to just five performances, beginning Friday 27th July.

Bookings are essential; the cost is $30 which includes both a light meal and the show. Tickets sell out, so best to book early to ensure a place. Group bookings are also welcome.

Play dates are Friday 27th July, Saturday 28th July, Thursday 2nd August, Friday 3rd August, Saturday 4th August 2012, starting each night at 7:00pm.

Ways and Means is one of Noel Coward’s best-loved short plays: a comic set-piece about an heiress and her gambling husband, plagued by debt and with everything in their lives going haywire.

With a strong cast of Darren George, Nina Prideaux, Simon Furniss, Amanda Price, Wayne Moloney, Anna van Caem and Sylvia Owers taking to the ‘airwaves’ at the winery, it promises to be a season of huge fun.

Tickets are selling out fast. To book call us on 5956 8465, or email, enq@phillipislandwines.com.au

‘Red Hot Lovers’ And ‘Little Stevies’ At Winery

IT’S A MONTH of ‘radio’ theatre and music at Phillip Island Winery.

Now into its second week and with a short five night season, Phillip Island’s Offshore Theatre is staging Neil Simon’s classic comedy, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, as a radio play at the cellar door.

Directed by Stephanie Daniel, Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a very funny set-piece from the swinging ’60s. It follows the exploits of Barney Cashman, who wants to join the sexual revolution but fails hilariously in seduction with Elaine, a sexpot, Bobbi, an actress, and his wife’s best friend, Jeanette.

We began the radio-play series last summer with Noel Coward’s comedy, Blithe Spirit. It was huge fun. It’s like the old days of the ABC when audiences would flock to Gordon Street to see actors playing their parts into a microphone.

It is now sold out for all nights, but we are looking at a return season at the end of the month. If we can arrange it with the actors, tickets will again be $30, which includes a light platter meal.

Splitting the play dates, pop-folk sensations The Little Stevies are performing at the winery this Wednesday 11th January at 7:30pm.

With catchy pop melodies, and tight harmonies, the internationally-recognised Little Stevies have a string of ‘indie’ hits to their credit, including Accidentally, and Come to Miss You. Cost of entry to The Little Stevies is $10.

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.

Offshore Theatre Bringing ‘Blithe Spirit’ To Phillip Island Winery

PHILLIP ISLAND’S OFFSHORE THEATRE is presenting Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit as a radio play over five nights at the Phillip Island Winery.

Curtain goes up to a full house this Saturday evening, December 4.

Directed and adapted for radio by Stephanie Daniel (well known for her career in professional theatre and TV), Coward’s improbable farce of a novelist, a doctor, a clairvoyant and the ghost of the departed wife promises to be a lot of fun.

The play runs from Saturday and Sunday, this coming weekend (the 4th and 5th), and Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, and Sunday 12th the following weekend.

There are still some tickets available for Sunday 5th and Friday 10th – better to book now to avoid missing out.

Tickets are $25 a head, which includes a platter of Gippsland cheeses, smoked trout, breads and dips. To book, call Phillip Island Winery (03) 5956 8465.

To view a  trailer from the 1945 film, follow this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIiCtxXtVXY