Birmingham Rep artistic director Roxana Silbert's perfect weekend

The revamped Birmingham Rep Theatre marks its 100th birthday season in 2013 under the tutelage of new artistic director Roxana Silbert. Here she shares her recipe for a perfect weekend.

Inset: Birmingham Rep artistic director Roxana Silbert
Inset: Birmingham Rep artistic director Roxana Silbert

It’s Friday afternoon, what’s on your mind?

I love Fridays. They’re as exciting now as when I was at school.  I love the thought of two full days with no structure when I can do whatever I want, whenever I want – within the law of course.

Who normally has the pleasure of your company at the weekend?

My partner, my friends, my godsons, my vegetable patch and – from August to December – The X Factor.

How do you prepare for a big night out?

I’m always late everywhere so I always prepare in a hurry, usually with the television and radio on, while trying to make a phone call.

What’s your favourite party outfit?

A flirty dress, big earrings and some extraordinary shoes I bought in Brazil, designed by Zaha Hadid.

You’ve just arrived at the bar. What’s your first drink?

Champagne cocktail.

What’s your favourite nightspot and why?

Seeing a show at The Rep. Alternatively, in pyjamas, in bed, drinking tequila and watching a comedy.

What tune always gets you on the dance floor?

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina And The Waves. I used to love dancing but it starts too late for me now.

I wish I could find a night club for the middle-aged that started the dancing at 8pm. I think there’s a market for it.

It’s a sunny Saturday, what are you up to?

Pilates followed by brunch, a bit of gardening, a big walk in the countryside with my girlfriends and their children. Then a show in the evening.

What was your most memorable weekend, and why?

Beirut a few years ago. I’d never been and it’s absolutely beautiful, but we arrived an hour after a political incident and we were the only tourists, in fact one of the few people on the streets.

Everything was pristine but closed, so it was like walking through a fairytale city.

What’s the recipe for a perfect night in?

Nice food, nice wine, a nice boyfriend and a brilliant movie.

Favourite DVD? And what would you eat while watching it?

I am watching Bringing Up Baby while eating chicken risotto, followed by apple crumble and custard.

Sunday breakfast – cooked or continental?

Definitely cooked; with sausages from the fantastic local butcher.

Sunday lunch – home cooked or down the pub?

I love cooking Sunday lunch, especially for friends. I didn’t have a cooker until three years ago – I only had a two-ring baby belling. I ate gnocchi and pesto every night of my life for about 20 years. So I’m a late starter in the kitchen but Nigel Slater changed all that.

Now I pick elderflowers from country bushes and make cordial.

When and how you like to relax?

I’m very lucky that I have a job that lets me do all the things I would do if I had time off. I love seeing shows, going to art galleries and I’m an avid reader.

I usually relax on a Sunday morning but when I can take time off, I love travelling almost as much as I love theatre.

You’ve got a whole weekend off and a wad of money in your back pocket. Which country or city would you head to?

I’d go to NYC – I have a couple of dear friends there and my brother lives in the USA , so it’s where we hook up. It’s the most exciting, romantic, energetic city I have ever visited.

I went for the day once and it’s printed in my mind in Technicolor. It was probably the jet lag.

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