Weekend with: Clare Campbell-Collins

Clare Campbell-Collins
Clare Campbell-Collins
Former Great British Bake Off contestant Enwezor Nzegwu takes part in a 24-hour treadmill relay at Portsmouth University Gym to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Fellow participant Dannii Hutchins gives support. 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (180224-1)

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Playwright Clare Campbell-Collins is 38 and lives in Gosport. Here she describes her weekend.

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

It was May 2011. We spent 10 brilliant days with my husband’s parents in Ottawa, Canada, and not one piece of fruit or veg passed our lips the entire time.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

I saw ’80s rock band Then Jerico in London last month. I was a member of their fan club when I was 14.

What about the last

theatre show you saw?

The Venetian Twins by Carlo Goldini at The Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth. It was directed by my former drama teacher from St Vincent’s College, Gosport.

The last book you read?

Who On Earth Is Tom Baker, the best autobiography I’ve ever read. It’s very funny.

The last film you saw at the cinema?

The Expendables and I loved every second of it. I can’t say no to cheese on such an epic, muscular scale.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I don’t think I do relax to be honest. I always feel there’s something I’ve forgotten to do, or there’s things I remember which I really should forget.

What do you watch on TV?

Dynasty, it’s all we watch in the evenings and we love it. Adam Carrington’s just had Geoff Colby’s office decorated with a highly toxic paint, turning Geoff temporarily mad. What’s not to like? Season four features Dex Dexter.

And which TV programme do you avoid?

I do avoid watching the news at times. I’d probably watch it more if Dex Dexter presented it.

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

He passed away 18 years ago but, if I could, I’d spend the weekend with American comic Bill Hicks. I’m not sure I’d be good company, though. I’d just stare at him whilst smiling broadly.

Where do you shop?

I’m not big on shopping but I do spend an inordinate amount of time shoving things into various online baskets. Then, when I proceed to checkout, I delete them one by one until the basket is empty.

Where do you eat out?

Does eating chips down the Gosport ferry qualify? It’s rare we get the chance but, if we do, we pop down the road to The New Bengal Indian restaurant.

What’s your signature dish?

Potato salad, apparently. And roast potatoes.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

Pubs and bars? Not really. My husband works away a lot so when he’s home we meet on the sofa and watch the Dynasty box set.

What’s good for a day out, locally?

We love going to Canoe Lake in Southsea.

My son is a particular fan of the swan boats.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love to write. I’ve just written a play called Thursday’s Child. My former drama teacher is going to direct it. It’s taken me 22 years but, hopefully, I’ve got it right this time.