11 Questions with the Cast of Mad About the Boy

Mad About the Boy starts its Young Vic run tonight! We caught up with cast member Simon Darwen and asked him a few questions…

What is your favourite play (either seen, read or worked on)?

Favourite play- Hamlet

Favourite play seen- Peer Gynt. Berliner Ensemble 2003. Directed by Peter Zadek

Favourite play read- Faces in the Crowd by Leo Butler

Favourite play worked on- This one and The Merchant of Venice for the RSC directed by Tim Carrol.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

A Scotch Egg with Branston Pickle on the side.

What is your favourite word?


Proudest moment?

Walking out on stage for the RSC for the first time.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

Do I get another meal with those 4 hours…?

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?

‘The Saturdays’

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?

Sylvan Lake, Alberta Canada.

Favourite city and why?

London. Just pips New York. It’s home and never ceases to amaze me.

What is your favourite song?

A rather rude Luton Town song about Tony Thorpes mum.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

Bit contrived but the 1600s. Shakespearean London would have been a great time. (Apart from the low life expectancy and basically living in filth.)

If you could have any one supernatural power (flying, being invisible), which would you choose and why?

To be able to go back in time maybe…? There’s a few people I would love to have a look at.

Mad About the Boy is at the Young Vic 6 – 16 June. Book your tickets here.

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