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5 minutes with Patrick Brennan

What are the 3 things you love most in life?
Family, Friends, Fun.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Fast (I am still a keen runner and member of Queens Park Harriers).

What is your earliest memory?
Being hit around the head by my older sister Colleen for peeing on the toilet seat.

What makes you happy?
Kindness and Music.

What makes you angry?
Usually myself, but also heartlessness and greed.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Playing the music I like really loud when I am on my own in the house. 

Which play changed your life?
A Nativity Play. (I was quite a convincing shepherd.)

What’s exciting you about joining The Company?
Being part of a Company, doing great plays and being very busy. Too often, actors spend too much time waiting for a couple of lines in a tele. This is where you practice "Your craft or sullen art" as Dylan Thomas would say.

What are you looking forward to doing when you’re (back) in Liverpool next year?
I have toured to the Playhouse a couple of times, Twelfth Night with Roy Marsden as Malvolio in the late 1980's, and Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage in 2014. I had a great time on both visits. I have many friends from Liverpool and the North West through Drama School and working, and I am looking forward to catching up with them. 

What was your first experience of the Everyman?
While performing Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage at Liverpool Playhouse with Out Of Joint, I did a workshop on verbatim theatre at the Everyman. I was very impressed by the facilities, the welcoming Everyman staff, the participants also. I hoped I might get the chance to work there. It's a fabulous building with a huge heart.

If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) for a drink in the bar who would it be and why?
So many people but Robin Williams jumped into my head first. I think I would say "It's okay to be sad sometimes, just don't do anything rash. You are loved. Now what are you drinking?"

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as an actor or the best advice received?
"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature."