10 questions with... Out There Festival’s Darren Cross

Darren Cross

Darren Cross - Credit: Archant

Each week we put a Norfolk resident in the hot seat and ask them ten questions about themselves. This week we spoke with Communications Director at SeaChange Arts and Out There Festival, Darren Cross.

• Describe Norwich in three words...

Historic, green and… easterly

• If you were stranded with 3 people on a deserted island, who would you want them to be?

I quite enjoy all that outdoorsy, survival type of thing, so I'd veto Ray Mears and his bushmen pals. I could therefore be in charge of snaring butterflies and foraging for squirrels. For wit and wisdom, I'd pick Stephen Fry. For improvised catering; Lorraine Pascal and for engineered escape plans; Isambard Kingdom Brunell.

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• If you could be any other person, who would it be?

Iggy Pop

• How would you spend a perfect weekend in Norwich?

On Saturday; a slow, wander through Mousehold Heath for a late breakfast at Café Britannia. I'm not a shopaholic, but assuming an infinite purse for this hypothetical scenario, I'd certainly get a bit of retail therapy in. I love all the independent stores in Norwich, vintage clothing, record shops – that sort of thing.

In the evening, I'd probably head to the Playhouse for a stand-up gig. I'm a big fan of Sean Lock.

On Sunday I'd head to the Sainsbury Centre. I'm a Norman Foster fan so irrespective of what exhibition's on, I just love taking in the architecture. The Sainsbury Centre is not just my favourite Norwich building, but one of my favourites anywhere. I'd then head for Sunday lunch at The Georgian House and round it off with a glass of red at The Last Wine Bar.

• What's your mantra in life?

I can't really say I live my life by a mantra. They've always seemed somewhat inflexible and have usually been dreamt up by people far smarter than me.

• Would you rather spend a night in front of the telly or a night out on the town?

There's not much I like on TV. I have two young children so my TV consumption is predominantly of the Peppa Pig and Postman Pat variety. So definitely town. A gig or a good movie, tapas and a few beers surrounded by friends – perfect.

• Which song defines your life?

The artist I turn to most in those 'life defining moments' is Paul Simon. Me and Julio Down by the School Yard is probably my favourite.

• What's your biggest fear?

Clowns. Working in circus, I've learned to face my fears!

• Which one thing could you never be without?

Like many people, I've become overly reliant on my phone. I was a late adopter and resisted getting a mobile phone for many years, but since the development of smart phones, with their endless apps, I find I can hardly get up in the morning without having my phone to hand.

Now I think about it… it's the alarm on my phone that wakes me up in the morning.

• What would you do if you won the lottery?

Retire to a villa on the beach in Mexico, with a fleet of classic cars and a room chock-full of vintage vinyl.

Out There Festival takes place Saturday (17th) 12 noon – 11pm and Sunday (18th) 12noon – 6pm. Check out www.outtherefestival.com for more info.

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