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In Sight of the Sea at Harbour Theatre

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In Sight of the Sea, Harbour Theatre, play, comedy, drama, performing arts, stage, acting, Lis Hoffmann, Phil Jeng Kane
Joe Haworth, left, Elise Douwes and Henry Freeman-Dick are appearing in In Sight of the Sea. Picture: A Glitch Project


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.

In Sight of the Sea, Harbour Theatre, play, comedy, drama, performing arts, stage, acting, Lis Hoffmann, Phil Jeng Kane
In Sight of the Sea features Henry Freeman-Dick, left, as Adam and Elise Douwes as Sam. Picture: A Glitch Project

"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.

In Sight of the Sea, Harbour Theatre, play, comedy, drama, performing arts, stage, acting, Lis Hoffmann, Phil Jeng Kane
The ocean is a major theme in In Sight of the Sea with Elise Douwes, left, and Henry Freeman-Dick. Picture: A Glitch Project

"In any project, there's the driver – the person who actually writes it – and then there's the one whose role is more of a dramaturg. We each played those roles on this project. For instance, I couldn't start to write the landlady Juanita. Phil wrote an inspired first scene for her that was so sound and funny, we were able to build her whole character around it.

In Sight of the Sea, Harbour Theatre, play, comedy, drama, performing arts, stage, acting, Lis Hoffmann, Phil Jeng Kane
Tobey (Joe Haworth, left) and Sam (Elise Douwes) making a splash at Cottesloe Beach for In Sight of the Sea. Picture: A Glitch Project

"We have billed this a dramatic comedy but it could equally be a comedic drama. 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. I really appreciate the offer from Harbour to do a season there. It's a wonderful theatre and president Jarrod Buttery has been an amazing support. No job too big or too small!

In Sight of the Sea, Harbour Theatre, play, comedy, drama, performing arts, stage, acting, Lis Hoffmann, Phil Jeng Kane
Elise Douwes as Sam

"We were challenged with casting the part of Sam. But I'm so happy so that former WAAPA actor Elise Douwes came from Melbourne to take part."

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.

In Sight of the Sea, Harbour Theatre, play, comedy, drama, performing arts, stage, acting, Lis Hoffmann, Phil Jeng Kane
Watch out for the undertow… Adam (Henry Freeman-Dick, left) and Sam (Elise Douwes) in In Sight of the Sea. Picture: A Glitch Project

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, Harbour Theatre, play, comedy, drama, performing arts, stage, acting, Lis Hoffmann, Phil Jeng Kane
In Sight of the Sea – with Joe Howorth, left, Elise Douwes and Henry Freeman-Dick – is the latest offering from Harbour Theatre this July. Picture: A Glitch Project

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 www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336. Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park.
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When: 7.30pm July 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 & 30; 2pm July 17, 24 & 31
Phone: 9255 3336
Where: Harbour Theatre, 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park
Cost: $25.50, $23.50 concession, $20.50 students
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