Back to overview

Patricia Oskam

What’s your name?

Patricia Oskam

 

Where were you born?

The Hague

 

What’s your profession?

Actress and writer.

 

Since when?

Hmm… Tricky question… I think for four years now at Theater Babel… and before that with other companies here and there… But since when? I don’t know. But I started acting when I was 12.

 

What do you like most about your profession?

That for a moment, I can enter another world. That for a moment, I can experience a whole different state of “being”. Both in writing as in acting.

 

What’s your hobby?

I have quite a few hobbies: biking, walking, gaming, bodyboarding, swimming, trekking and so on. I’m definitely very adventurous.

 

Which property to a person is important for you?

That people are open and honest towards each other.

 

Who do you admire?

At this moment, my mother. Lately, I got wound up in situations that my mother has experienced for years as well. The way she coped with that… Respect, really! And I admire my colleagues who can follow their impulses, so flawless and direct, while performing. I always need a bit of time for that, but they just do it!

 

What’s your most prominent characteristic?

I think I’m spontaneous and adventurous.

 

What do you want to tell the world?

At this moment, that people should handle the earth and the animals better and more conscious. If we don’t do that, we will meet with cases like the coronavirus more often. And nobody’s waiting for that. It’s not like everyone needs to be vegan immediately, but if everyone starts living a bit more conscious, that’s already a big step.

 

What do you want to learn?

To cope with emotions like anxiety and anger. In this society, you learn to hide these emotions, while it’s better to express them. Next to that, I would like to learn how to bodyboard. I already know the basics and I can perform a few tricks. But unfortunately I can only take a few classes each year.

 

What do you like about your appearance?

I’m not very occupied with my looks, but if I have to choose, I think my eyes.

 

For what can we wake you up?

Nothing. When I sleep, I want to sleep.

 

What’s your most precious possession?

The most precious thing in my house is my cat: “Klein Ding” (Little Thing). But I don’t see her as my possession. Next to that, I have a model of Slash’s guitar. That one also has big value to me.

 

What’s your most beautiful memory?

That was the time of “Ont-heemd (Dis-placed)“, the first show by Theater Babel Rotterdam in which I acted. And my first time out camping. Both times, a whole new world opened up to me.

 

What’s your saddest memory?

When I thought that I couldn’t keep working at Babel, I think. That day, we had our last performance of “Ont-heemd (Dis-placed)”. I had a scene in which I had to act as if I had to cry. I never performed that scene as well as that day.

 

When were you happiest?

In general, I’m happy when I have love around me. From trees, from my cat, from other animals, but also from people.

 

When’s the last time you cried?

I think last week, when I got into a fight with my roommate. It was too much for me, so I ran out the door crying.

 

Who would you like to have dinner with?

A (herbivorous) animal. No fuss with cutlery, preparing food and sanitary rules. Just eat what’s in front of you. Preferably straight from the tree. That would be marvelous!