Stafford Gatehouse Theatre: How are you feeling about your first SFS performance?
Shirley Darroch: I'm so excited about doing open air Shakespeare! I can't wait to be in that wonderful setting. I love Shakespeare, I studied it at university before becoming an actor, so it's a double whammy!
SGT: Have you ever performed in the grounds of a castle or any other unusual setting before?
SD: I once did a site specific version of Howard Barker's "Seven Lears" in a club. The toilets flooded because the sewage system was blocked, urgh! I also got a kidney infection from having to eat apples from the ground in a playpark early in my career. I'm sure SFS will be a much better experience!
SGT: What is Audrey like as a character?
SD: She's a wee laugh! She's is a bawdy country wench looking for love. She is fascinated by Touchstone the fool (played by Eric Potts) and I think, sees him as a bit of a meal ticket. She is coquettush and histrionic!
SGT: What do you think audiences will enjoy this year in particular?
SD: The 60s "crowd-around-a-bonfire-and-sing" vibe and some great actors!
Shirley will be performing at Stafford Castle in As You Like It from Sunday 29th June to Saturday 12th July.