Batman, Blessed and badminton

Jim Wringe

Jim Wringe

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Jim Wringe, 35, is the manager of the Groundlings Theatre in Portsea. He also acts and sings and wrote a version of Cinderella to be performed at the theatre next month. He lives in Southsea.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I went to visit my sister in Kuala Lumpur. It was amazing. I went swimming every morning, checked out the sights and, most importantly, I spent time with my little Milly Moo – my two-year-old niece Emily.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

It always makes me laugh that now I manage a theatre of my own I don’t get to see that many shows. The Groundlings team did go out and see Sister Act at the Kings Theatre as an office night out. It was very good.

The last book you read?

Well, to be honest, and I want to make it clear I do read books like Moby Dick, The Count of Monte Cristo and anything by Noël Coward, the last book I read was Batman: A Death in The Family. It is a comic book that I had been desperate to read for years and it was awesome.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

Along with my comic books I do love a night in with a DVD. I recently re-watched Men of Honor (Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr getting deep), The Raid (Muay Thai action at its best), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (I’m a comic geek) and one of my all-time favorites, The Princess Bride.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

I would have a lads’ weekend: Kevin Smith, Brian Blessed, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Dara Ó Briain, Stephen Fry and Robin Williams – still very upset aout that.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

Somewhere that has a good whiskey selection, cheap beer, a place to have a sit and a chat and once a week they bring out the karaoke and unleash Tenacious D, Weird Al and the god of rock ‘n’ roll, Meat Loaf (below). Also needs to be walking distance from a curry house and taxi rank.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Sitting in my leather recliner, in my dressing gown and cowboy hat, a glass of whiskey and a good movie or comic is heaven.

Where would you go for a day trip further afield?

I have always wanted to go to Comic Con. A whole weekend of comics, awesome movies, celebs, costumes, fellow geeks, gadgets, nick-nacks. Would need to go with a big group of very good friends all squeezed into a car that’s too small for all of us, get a very cheap and cheerful hotel and just unleash and see everything, do everything, meet everyone, grab abeer in the evening and then get ready for the next day.

Do you have any hobbies?

Although it has been a while I do enjoys a game of squash or badminton. I may need a little time to blow away the cobwebs on my racket and joints, but I did enjoy knocking a ball or shuttle around. Also anything to do with water. Swimming, scuba diving (above), boating.

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