My weekend: Steph Hutchins

Steph Hutchins
Steph Hutchins
The Bridge Tavern and Camber Dock''''Picture: Paul Simpso

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Steph Hutchins from Paulsgrove is 24 and works as a technical stage manager at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea.

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

Tenerife with my boyfriend. We make a habit of going away every January. As we both work in theatre, it is generally the only time of the year we are not swamped with work and after a busy panto season it is always nice to escape to the sunshine.

What was the last book you read?

I love reading and am never without my Kindle or a book. At the moment I have three books on the go, depending on my mood. I’m re-reading Jurassic Park as it is one of my favourites and so different from the films. My imagination really goes wild. I’m also reading a historical fiction called Madame Tussaud and then I’ve got Pride and Prejudice, which is another of my favourites and I read it a couple of times a year.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

As you can probably guess from my previous answer, reading! Or going for a walk. As one of five siblings and with several nieces and nephews always flying about, it’s nice to get lost in another world, or just get away from it all on a walk along the chalk pits near our house. I also love listening to all different types of music. But since that is usually part of my job I have to be in a particular mood to listen to music at home.

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

Tim Burto n (right)! He’s brilliant. He’s imaginative and creative and isn’t very good at conforming, much like me. I don’t think there is one film of his that I haven’t thought was original and different, even if I haven’t necessarily liked it. And of course, you’d be almost guaranteed to meet Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp, which must be a bonus.

Where do you eat out?

I love Zizzi’s, it’s my favourite restaurant. Basically anywhere that serves a good Italian dish. We went to Strada for my birthday and the food was amazing.

What about a day trip further afield?  

Although I’d never live there, London. It’s got a little bit of everything to appeal to everyone. Obviously as a theatre geek, it’s a first choice, but I’m a fan of the Natural History Museum, while my boyfriend enjoys the Science Museum, so we always do lots of different things when we go. I absolutely loved the Harry Potter Studios and the London Dungeons (right) are always a winner.

Do you have any hobbies?

Not really, I enjoy taking my nieces and nephews out and teaching them things, especially if it’ll wind my sisters and brothers up when they get home! My youngest nephew is a crowd pleaser, he’ll learn anything if he thinks it’ll get a laugh! I used to do lots of sports but school, then college and work got in the way, so that’s something I think I might like to get back into. Having game nights is always a laugh, especially if we convince my brother-in-laws to join in the dance games! Darts has always been a big thing in my family as well.