11 Questions with the cast of Song from Far Away – Eelco Smits

Eelco Smits as Willem in Song from Far Away.

Eelco Smits as Willem in Song from Far Away.

Eelco Smits is currently playing Willem in Song from Far Away at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Song from Far Away in three words?
Full of love

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
I sit down with a cup of tea

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
What the late Jeroen Willems did in Voices I will never forget.

What is your favourite word?
Sterrenstelsel (Constellation)

What are you most passionate about?
Not knowing what’s going to happen next in life

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
I hitchhiked to Paris with my ex-boyfriend once. That was as romantic as it gets.

Favourite city and why?
Reykjavik. It’s sweet and insane, rough and quirky, and the people are kind beyond belief.

What is your favourite song?
There is a light that never goes out by The Smiths

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Somewhere around 1960. So I would have been in my twenties in 1980’s Amsterdam. People always tell me that was crazy fun.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To be invisible, obviously. Think about it: it’s got all kinds of superpowers rolled into one. You have the power to travel anywhere, to haunt people you dislike, to hide in locker rooms, anything.

Song from Far Away runs at the YV until 19 Sept.

In the press: Simon Stephens on Song from Far Away, musical cravings, new ways of tackling theatre and life’s disappointments. Read the article here.

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