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Lou Armour was on the front page of every newspaper when the Argentinians took him prisoner on 2nd April 1982. Now he is a teacher for children with learning difficulties and is in Minefield – a collaboratively created multi-media performance with both British and Argentinian veterans and Argentinian artist Lola Arias coming to Northern Stage from Thursday 22nd until Saturday 24th March. We asked Lou a few questions to find out a little more ahead of opening night…

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m an SEN teacher. I like art, skydiving and trying to keep fit – when I’m not injuring myself.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
I honestly can’t remember. I recall that I was very disappointed with the B side and that put me off buying records for good. I did go on to buy David Bowie’s Pin Ups but only because I was in love with Twiggy on the album art.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
While reading, I like to listen to the musical scores of Joe Hisaishi e.g. Spirited Away and  Departure/Okuribito. The piano and cello performances are simply beautiful, as is the idioglossia of Lisa Gerrard’s Sanvean (the chorus at the end of S04E01 The West Wing), We are free (Gladiator), and The Host of Seraphim (that shocking final scene in Stephen King’s The Mist).  Two guilty pleasures are Joss Stone and Al Green singing How Can You Mend a Broken Heart and Camila Cabello singing Havanna. Good grief.

Favourite film of all time?  Your guilty pleasure film?
I don’t have one.  There are some very powerful films out there but I would only ever watch them on my own.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
I don’t have a TV and I don’t like British drama; I just can’t take it seriously. I’d recommend The Sopranos and The Wire, although binge watching the latter is difficult on account of having to decode the argot of the drug gangs and the police.

Your favourite book?
Anything by the late Christopher Hitchens and The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I love Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
Difficult to say.

Who or what makes you sad?
Reality TV and soap operas make me despair.

If you had super power, what would it be?
The ability to speak with animals, although Ludwig Wittgenstein says I would not be able to understand them.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. The game would be rigged as an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and initiated while I was buying beer and crisps at the Off-Licence.

Minefield is at Northern Stage, Newcastle from Thursday 22nd until Saturday 24th March.

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