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A minute with

A minute with Michael Baulch Director of the upcoming ACT panto The Pied Piper of Hamelin


Where do you live?
With my wife, Pat, and our three cats, in a renovated house near the Green Line in Kaimakli

Best childhood memory?
When I was about eight, I was taken up in an Auster aeroplane for a flight over Great Yarmouth. I still remember clinging tightly to my seat as it banked

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Kavouri Tavern where we’ve been going for over 20 years. I always choose the fish meze. Son Matthew reckons they do the best calamari in Nicosia, or indeed the whole of Cyprus.

What food would you really turn your nose up to?
What I avoid eating like the plague is anything heavily loaded with garlic.

What did you have for breakfast?
Cornflakes and orange juice, but that’s a week day. It has to be a fry up at the weekend.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
I’m a (not too early) day person. Spring Day in Troodos with lunch at a local taverna.

Best book ever read?
Not a book, if I may, but a play: Noises Off by Michael Frayn. So funny I was laughing out loud, and that hurts when you’re ill in bed with pleurisy as I was at the time.

Favourite film of all time?
A Man For All Seasons. Great story, wonderful acting and some beautiful photography of the Thames.

Best holiday ever taken? What’s your dream trip?
A trip to India’s Golden Triangle – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – fascinating country, wonderful buildings and travelling around by train was an interesting experience to say the least… Dream trip – I’ve always wanted to see the Pampas in Argentina with the Andes as a background

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I don’t listen to music in the car

What is always in your fridge?
Eggs and Bacon

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
An old stone cottage in Anglesey, North Wales, which fortunately we already have.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
William Shakespeare. So many memorable lines in so many memorable plays, I’d just love to talk through some of them with him

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Spend time with family and close friends

What is your greatest fear?
In general: I just don’t see there ever being a sustained desire and drive to close the rich/poor divide in the world. For myself: senility.

Tell me a joke…
Can’t. Saving all jokes for the pantomime.
ACT will stage The Pied Piper of Hamelin on December 6, 7, 13 and 14 at the Satiriko Theatre in Aglanjia. For more information tel: 97 804620

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