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Ten Quid at Stirling Theatre

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Show’s journey of discovery delivers the full quid
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Ten Quid sees Mark (Peter Neaves) return to Manchester 40 years later – but it's not as he remembers.


A story of loss, hope, friendship and leaving the past behind add up to Ten Quid, Stirling Theatre's latest show. Written by John Grimshaw and directed by Jane Sherwood, it follows the journey of a young man returning to Manchester 40 years after his family originally emigrated to Australia.

Mark's goal is to honour his brother's wish of scattering his ashes over the sacred turf of his beloved football team. But his plans are thwarted by development and he is forced to source an alternative site, where he meets a woman who, like him, is far from home – but they discover they have plenty in common.

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Mark (Peter Neaves, left) has a heart-to-heart with Cody (Lara Brunini).

"Mark finds many things have changed yet some are still the same," Jane said. "Ten Quid is about a reverse culture shock and expecting everything to be the way it was, as if time stands still, while forgetting the same passage of time has taken place in both locations.

"John writes wonderful dialogue but sometimes the challenge is to make the show visually interesting as well. But with a great cast, I am sure we will achieve this."

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Ten Quid director Jane Sherwood, left, discusses a scene with Peter Neaves and Lara Brunini.


Involved with the Perth theatre scene since 2005, Jane was a founding member of Phoenix Theatre and has been involved with the Old Mill, Stirling, Black Swan, Rag and Bone, Kwinana and Harbour Theatres, A lad in sane productions, ARENAarts and Fringe World. She has been named best director at the annual Finley Awards, Dramafest, South West Drama Festival and Hills Festival of Theatre. In 2018, Jane took a break from theatre to work on five films but made a return to the stage in Lady Willpower at Stirling Theatre earlier this year.

"I have directed a couple of John Grimshaw's shows before," she said. "I loved this script and the fact the story is special to John. The story should resonate with anyone who finds the memories of somewhere or someone not quite matching the reality."

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Oscar Hawkes, left, plays the young version of Mark in Ten Quid with Peter Neaves as the elder version.


Oscar Hawkes plays Mark as a young man. "He loves hearing his older brother's stories and how he wants to be a Manchester City player," he said. "But he struggles when his brother runs away – as the younger one, Mark is more adaptable to the family's plan to emigrate.

"Mark is torn between his brother leaving and wanting to run away with him but also being with his family. The main challenge is the Manchester accent, given my Kiwi accent is so strong."

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Brothers Tommy (Sean Smith, left) and Mark (Oscar Hawkes) up to mischief in Ten Quid.


Wanting to be involved in live theatre from a young age, Oscar has previously performed in school productions – Ten Quid is the first time he's stepped up to the stage outside of school. "I relate to the story of a family moving to a new country," he said. "Seven years ago, when I was aged five, my family and I moved to Australia from New Zealand.

It was a difficult time for me because we left our extended family for a new country where we had no other family – but we've all adjusted. I also have a brother and, knowing what brothers are like, I understood the characters and their relationship.
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tenquid-nathan: Nathan Di Giovanni plays DJ – and scrap metal merchant – Pete – in Ten Quid.


Nathan Di Giovanni plays Pete, an over-the-top, charismatic DJ. "He's camp and colourful and also works as a scrap yard manager," he said.

"Pete's in his 20s and has a real passion for fashion and music, particularly old-school '70s music. One of the challenges is that Pete is somewhat self-centred when it comes to having a conversation.

"It has to somehow revolve around what he's wearing or where he would like to visit. I'm more of a sit-back-and-listen-to-others kind of person so it will be interesting to see what transpires from that."

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Brian Mutete, centre, plays a guard trying to defuse a situation with Cody (Lara Brunini, left) and Mark (Peter Neaves).


Previously working backstage on high school productions – and on Stirling Theatre's recent production Grace and Willpower – Nathan decided to take the plunge and step up to the stage in Ten Quid. "I was really intrigued by the array of characters who feature in the production," he said.

"There are kids who scooter around doing tricks and play football, along with kind aunties and uncles with characters like my own, scattered among the cast. I'm also quite a football fan myself so that also attracted me to the production."

Ten Quid plays at 8pm April 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 with 2pm matinees April 28 and May 5. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/ZGTR. Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

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Why? It’s a heartfelt and moving story of what was and what’s now and coming to terms with the passage of time.
When: 8pm April 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11; 2pm April 28 & May 5
Phone: Morris News – 9446 9120
Where: Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo
Cost: $22, $20 concession
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