Kings Theatre Trust member Rog Ness is 44 and lives in Guildford. He presents a display on theatre production design at the Kings Theatre Open Day today from 10am to 5pm. Admission cost £5 or £12 for a family. Here he describes his favourite things to do at the weekend.
· What would be your ideal weekend destination?
Somewhere quiet, interesting and where the mobile loses its signal! I am a great advocate of the National Trust and regularly enjoy visiting Uppark near Petersfield (beautiful house and the restoration after the 1989 fire is astonishing), Ightham Mote in Kent (fascinating history) and Baddersley Clinton in Warwickshire (500 years of different architectural styles in one building).
· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?
I can’t think of a dream companion, but it would possibly be someone interested in art and history, and probably theatre as well.
· What music would you take with you?
A few favourite musicals like 110 In The Shade and The Light in the Piazza.
Perhaps some opera and Gilbert and Sullivan.
· What about something to read?
Anything with a good story that I can lose myself in, like Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier.
I also like theatre history books, particularly if they deal with the technical side of things, which is also why the Kings Theatre fascinates me so much.
· What would be your ultimate way to relax?
I enjoy oil painting and try to get out and do it when time allows.
· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?
Probably the nearest art suppliers.
I do a lot of drawing and painting, not to mention modelmaking, so am always stocking-up.
· What’s your all-time favourite film?
Sunset Boulevard. The lighting, the camera shots – to me, it’s great!
· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?
Guinness, or a nice real ale.
· What are you doing this weekend?
On Saturday I am at the Kings Open Day and on Sunday I’m going to support a production at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, which I have been involved in designing.
· What’s a favourite local
destination for a weekend day out?
The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. I was a volunteer steward there between 1984 and 1996, and I still love exploring the buildings and their histories. It is a lovely place to have a good walk.