In November 1958 he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art then being formed, and enjoyed the singular pleasure of being THE FIRST STUDENT to be admitted to the Academy. His was a serious trajectory towards ultimate success.
With experience in London, and a varied working career, Jack was contracted into the production, "The Sentimental Bloke", a result of an audition in 1960.
After touring with this production across Australia and New Zealand, he formed a highly successful musical duo working the Sydney clubs, until he was invited by a visiting (UK) Theatre Director, Mr Freddie Carpenter, to join the "How to Succeed in Business" Company.
Jack spent many years travelling Australia, participating in a variety of shows. Many a time defrauded, Jack continued nontheless through Warrnambool through to Adelaide, across to New Zealand, in Perth, through to Darwin and then North Queensland. Across to Castlemaine, the Victoria Mallee to Cowra, down to Gippsland, then up to the Gold Coast.
These days Jack lives a quiet life reminiscing about the wonderful days gone by, all the interesting and memorable times he had bringing theatre to the bush, taking his family and his life on a wild bush adventure, running his London store and writing it all down in his remarkable book. He has been blessed with a gathering of supporters who have assisted him in getting his book into print to share his story with the rest of the world.
When most others would have fallen and failed, Jack Potter, author, director, actor and performer, always got right back up on his two feet and powered on. An absolute specimen of the outback spirit and the Aussie "Never give up" attitude, Jack has shown the world that no matter what happens, he's always got the spirit to keep on fighting on.
On the back of the success of "Wild Card", Jack is set to launch is second book, Wild Card 2 "London in the Sixties" on January 8, 2018 (D.V.). For advice and insights into the entertainment industry, Jack is the man to see.
I am so glad you decided to share your life's experiences with the rest of the world Jack. Anyone who has the pleasure of knowing you is doubly lucky. What you have achieved old feller is unique in the arts world and I am sure will never be bettered by any. Good luck with the biography. You are a bloody legend.
This man is amazing, I spent my best months in Australia with him in late 2009 when he picked me foreign work'n'traveller up in the Gold Coast just after I lost my job and made me his 'manager man' to run the show around North Queensland. We had a lot of fun (and quarrel) and I certainly learned a lot. Every town with a pub, he's been to. Hope you have put all the good stories in there you used to tell me almost every day Jack!