Saturday, July 9th, 2022 - Harbour Theatre

A COMEDY drama about two best mates determined to live a better life is the latest offering from Harbour Theatre.

Written by Lis Hoffmann and Phil Jeng Kane, In Sight of the Sea follows DJ Adam who, after a car crash, moves into a flash Cottesloe apartment with his friend Tobey.

But things become complicated when Tobey’s long-held object of affection Bree, Adam’s ex-girlfriend Sam – a lost girl who only occasionally breaks furniture – and a complex landlady are thrown into the mix.

Hoffmann, who also directs the play and has worked on scripts with Kane for many years, said the project had been supported and developed by the late Belinda Dunbar, former deputy general manager of His Majesty’s Theatre.

“It’s wonderful to see it go up at last,” she said. “After the WA Academy of Performing Arts students did a truncated version of the play in their 2021 showcase, Phil and I wanted to do another draft and add another character and layer to the story.

“We both have a background in story and script development for film – I worked for Screenwest and Phil worked for the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle around the same time, so we bring a similar story sense to the writing.

“Phil and I aim to be moving and funny in this play but, at the same time, it also deals with an incident of self-harm, which is definitely a fine line to tread.”

Writing and directing short films, documentaries and children’s television before moving into theatre, Hoffmann has been acting since 2011 with numerous companies including Garrick, Stirling, Old Mill, Harbour, Melville and KADS Theatres, ARENAarts and the Koorliny Arts Centre.

She has won numerous acting awards over the years, including for her own piece Crushed at the 2021 Short+Sweet festival where she took out the best script award and was nominated for runner-up best actress.

Another 2021 highlight for Hoffmann was appearing in the Fringe World production With Fire in Her Heart, the story of Edith Cowan, directed by WA Academy of Performing Arts head of directing Dr Gabrielle Metcalf.

With her latest play, In Sight of the Sea, Hoffmann said much of her inspiration came from her love of the ocean.

“I love the power and the beauty of it,” she said.

“I also love the concept of the sea as the waters of the human unconscious that can rise up and overwhelm everything.

“As the tagline of the play says: ‘Watch out for the undertow!’”

In Sight of the Sea plays at 7.30pm July 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30 with 2pm matinees July 17, 24 and 31. Tickets are $25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students – book at or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.

Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park.



sea1: Joe Haworth, left, Elise Douwes and Henry Freeman-Dick are appearing in In Sight of the Sea. Picture: A Glitch Project

sea2: In Sight of the Sea features Henry Freeman-Dick, left, as Adam and Elise Douwes as Sam. Picture: A Glitch Project

sea3: The ocean is a major theme in In Sight of the Sea with Elise Douwes, left, and Henry Freeman-Dick. Picture: A Glitch Project

sea4: Tobey (Joe Haworth, left) and Sam (Elise Douwes) making a splash at Cottesloe Beach for In Sight of the Sea. Picture: A Glitch Project

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Harbour Theatre was formed in December 1963 by eight enthusiastic amateurs, led by Jimmy Quinn, a competent and experienced director. Since then, Harbour Theatre has entertained thousands of people. The variety of plays offered to the public range from drama to comedy, whodunit to tragedy, and murder to farce. Over the years, Harbour Theatre has produced hundreds of full-length plays, countless one-act plays and many Christmas revues. These have earned us many awards in several festivals around Perth.

Harbour Theatre initially performed in the Evans Davies Library in South Terrace, Fremantle (above what is now Dome). This was Harbour’s home for its first 31 years. Over the years, the theatre grew and, in the 1970s, a major restructuring of the theatre resulted in the stage and seating being completely changed, thus allowing for larger audiences and better facilities for the actors. With an associate membership in the hundreds, Harbour Theatre has always been self-sufficient, never having to call on government or other funding bodies for support.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, in March 1995 we were forced to find another venue at which to perform. As a temporary measure, Harbour Theatre performed at the Tivoli Theatre, Applecross, for about 18 months, while searching for a location back in Fremantle.

Finally, at the end of 1996, Harbour Theatre relocated back to Fremantle in the Princess May Building. The next few weeks were hectic as the spaced we leased had to be converted into a theatre. Our members raised the money and we built the stage and seating and installed the lighting, in time for our last play of 1996. The Princess May Building became our home for the next 15 years.

In 2007 the Fremantle Education Centre (who leased the Princess May Building from the City of Fremantle) refused to re-negotiate a lease and then, in 2009, they received a government grant to build offices in the area occupied by the theatre. Despite months of lobbying State Government representatives and local councillors, we were forced to move. The City of Fremantle then offered to rent us the Port Cineaste Building as a temporary venue. So, at the end of 2009, with the blood, sweat and tears of 33 members, we dismantled our beautiful theatre (and the only purpose-built theatre in Fremantle) and moved lock, stock and barrel to the Port Cineaste Building. The major task of converting a cavernous cinema into an intimate performing arts space was an enormous job undertaken by a number of our hardworking and dedicated members and involved many, many hours of volunteer labour.

In 2014, just after our 50th anniversary celebrations had come to a close, the Port Cineaste Building was sold and we had to move out . After much searching, discussions and negotiations, Harbour Theatre moved just seven minutes north of Fremantle into the lovely art deco Mosman Park Memorial Hall, also known as Camelot Theatre. 

Against all the odds Harbour Theatre lives to perform another day and we look forward to bringing you many more years of exciting and entertaining theatre.

Lis Hoffmann
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