peter A cross

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Peter Cross was born in Napier New Zealand, a city known for its earthquakes; a single child of a solo parent, Peter grew up searching for a latchkey.
Peter studied with the Marist Brothers and played with the boys at Napier Boy's High School. Eschewing rugby Peter found that drama was his forte`.
Peter had a talent for drama, co-founding the youth theatre company intuitively called "Mugwort Theatre", while only fifteen. The group survived for three years and died a natural but painless death in 1975.
Heeding the call of the greasepaint, Peter left school to join a travelling theatre in education troupe called Children's Art Theatre (CAT), a subsidiary of the highly acclaimed Four Season's Theatre Co., of Wanganui; and toured New Zealand for a year performing in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
Bitten by the bug and wanting to travel to further his training Peter moved to Sydney, Australia in 1977 and immediately was given the part of a "busboy" in the Sydney Hilton's landmark café "The Market Place", or as he later described it "How I Learned to Serve, Wait Tables While Hoping For Tips."
Many minor roles in long forgotten soaps "The Young Doctors"," Arcade", "The Restless Years" and many times being cast as "the skinny kid eating pizza" in more than a few Pizza Hut commercial.
Peter had his heart set on movies. After six weeks of successfully playing Colin Friels's stand-in in Ken Cameron's "Monkey Grip" soon found himself reprising the role, except this time for Peter Weir as Mel Gibson's, stand-in in "The Year of Living Dangerously." Ah yes "heady days indeed."
Hollywood it seemed would soon be competing for "our Pete", however dinner theatre at Bankstown Town Hall won the day with a seven week season of "Some like it Hot" playing the Tony Curtis part of Joe/Josephine.
Disenchanted with the "theatre" Peter gave it away and landed that much yearned for "other" role as Head Waiter in a succession of hugely successful long running restaurants with the late and great Anders Ousback.
Skip forward a few years, a few operations and more than a few restaurants and Peter is back to his first love theatre, although this time writing not acting.
Peter has written for: Spirit Today, Columns, The Sydney Morning Herald, SX Magazine, The Sydney Star Observer, has had a short story published in a collection of short stories called "I am a Camera."
Between writing reviews of plays, movies and envelope openings, Peter is currently developing a feature film and a couple of shorts, films that is.

 


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