Weekend with Sean Bowman

Sean Bowman
Sean Bowman
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Kings Theatre trustee Sean Bowman is 68 and lives in Southsea. He’s responsible for heritage at the theatre and is a leader of the monthly tours. To book, call (023) 9282 8282.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Venice. It’s on my list of places I have always dreamed about going to. Inspired, I suppose, by a combination of Canaletto the artist and Vivaldi the composer.

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Dillie Keane, one of the Kings patrons and founder of the cabaret group, Fascinating Aida (at the Kings on February 24). Her powers of observation and way with words will liven up the plane journey.

What music would you take with you?

I wouldn’t! There is something about tourists wandering about with wires in their ears that cuts them off from society. I don’t just want to see, I want to hear and to interact.

What about something to read?

A good guide book, or a new PD James (Dalgleish), Ruth Rendell (Wexford) or Reginald Hill (Dalziel and Pascoe).

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

As I do every year, I’d go to my beloved Malta, where, after breakfast in the garden, I stroll down to sit outside my usual bar in the shade, beer and newspaper to hand, and watch the world go by.

n If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

A good china shop to buy a new piece of Wedgwood Jasperware to add to my collection – perhaps even a copy of the Portland vase.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

A film that still haunts me is Nicholas and Alexandra, about the end of imperial Russia. It’s beautifully filmed, has some quality performances and an ending that’s both sad and chilling.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

Gin and tonic, thanks. Make it a double, with silg (that’s ice in Maltese).

What are you doing this weekend?

This morning it’s the usual monthly tour at the Kings, when I or another of our guides show people around the theatre, including parts they don’t normally get to see. Tomorrow I’ll relax, because next Sunday will be a full day at the Kings preparing for the production of Annie (February 14 to 18).

What’s a favourite local

destination for a weekend day out?

If I am not involved at the theatre or with a production, it is time to read the papers, supplements and a book.