PUBLISHED: 09:46 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:44 20 February 2013
We talk to Mark Reed of Brentwood Theatre
What is your role at Brentwood Theatre?
I have a variety of jobs as part of a team of three staff (plus loads of volunteers) who run and maintain the theatre. Away from the theatre I am chairman of Essex Tourism Association, vice chairman of the Brentwood pubwatch and a councillor on Brentwood Borough Council for Hutton South
Brentwood Theatre has just been refurbished, tell us more?
Quite simply, without it, we would have shut in a year or two. When we opened in 1993 we did not have enough money to build dressing rooms and spent our last 1,000 buying a temporary building. We now have fantastic facilities for everyone who comes here.
What's coming up at the Brentwood Theatre over Christmas?
We reopened on November 4 to a sell-out week and tickets for future shows (such as our Christmas production of Fantastic Mr Fox) are ahead of expectations with half the tickets already sold. The show runs throughout December.
What do you think the future holds for Brentwood?
There is a very exciting time ahead. Brentwood is a fantastic town with so many people who care about each other. With the improvements to the High Street just starting, and at a time when people are starting to appreciate personal service even more and the need for our local shops, I am very much looking forward to the next few years as the town centre improves.
What do you love about your job?
The variety of things I do and the people I meet, from businessmen to famous people.
What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
That is tough. I have been very lucky to have many high points from producing and directing Aled Jones in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Methodist Central Hall in Westminster to launching the Brentwood pubwatch scheme.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully still in Brentwood, at the theatre and involved very much in the local community. But then again, if you had said to me five years ago that by now I would be a councillor, I would have laughed. So who knows?
Who will you be spending Christmas with this year?
Probably my sister in Hook End, with my mum who lives in Brentwood.
What are your hobbies?
Anything and everything theatre, and all that it brings. Perhaps I ought to get a new hobby now the re-build is nearly complete.
What is your worst habit?
I don't relax. I hate taking holidays and rarely have a day to myself. I know that is not good. I have been promising myself to get to the gym, though.
What is your favourite piece of music?
Recently I have been playing Defying Gravity from the West End musical WICKED. It describes just how I feel with so many things going on in my life.