Newk: The John Newcombe Story

General Event At Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre, 37 Davey Street, Frankston 37 Davey Street, Frankston VIC 3199, Australia

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Date: Friday 14 February
Time: 8pm - 9pm
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"NEWK is a wonderful show full of memorabilia and belly laughs. You will remember things you didn't even realise you knew as you travel down one of Australia's iconistic paths."


Written by award-winning playwright Kieran Carroll, Newk: The John Newcombe Story traces the life of the great Australian tennis champion of the 1960s and 70s.

Set in 2014 at Newk’s 70th birthday in Sydney, Newcombe’s journey travels from naïve 1960s schoolboy, to the No. 1 player in the world in the 1970s, to his time as Davis Cup Captain, to the stroke he suffered in 2003.

Performed by Damian Callinan, three time Barry Award nominee and star of recent hit film The Merger, the play portrays a highly determined and ambitious man burning through a quickly changing world. Aware he’s putting his family second emotionally while conscious of providing for them financially, the play exposes the exhausting schedules that even players of yesteryear endured. Volatile off-court politics are also rife as the game moves into full blown professionalism.

The play also captures hilarious moments from some of Newcombe’s numerous commercials and business enterprises: Cinzano, Queensland Bananas and K-Tel tennis instruction albums!

This is a grand story about wanting life to be a huge ride, where rest is secondary and finally how that zest and appetite for life never disappears but has to be tempered.

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