2 April 2021
Park Theatre among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
3 February 2021
In December, with support from Nina Graverny-Edwards (Community Engagement Manager, Park Theatre), Michael Peavoy (Former Deputy Venue & Volunteer Manager, Park Theatre) and Amrit Maan (Punjab Restaurant, Covent Garden), Holly Adomah Thompson (Park Sessions: Get Into It & Cafe/Bar team) turned our space into a food distribution hub to accept donations of dry food, essential items and wrapped gifts for children during Christmas.
We are proud to announce that Holly and her team of volunteers (who have named themselves Holly’s Angels) will be reopening the food distribution hub. On Sat 06, Sun 07, Sat 13 and Sun 14 Feb, we will be re-opening our doors to collect donations for those in our community who need it the most this month. Our collection service will be open from 11am until 2pm at the theatre and donations will be collected by the team.
Holly is working to support the Elizabeth House and Andover Estate community centres, as well as local creatives who are experiencing hardship at this time and we are encouraging you to bring along any aforementioned donations. Amrit Maan has also kindly donated 300 frozen curries for community members, especially local artists to come and collect from Park Theatre.
We have a socially-distanced system in place in order to accept your donations safely. We ask that patrons wear face masks when making donations and not to enter the space due to lockdown egulations. Donations will be collected by the team outside the venue within the designated area.
We are looking for the following donations:
● Toys for children - colouring books, small toys, soft toys, board games
● Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes, children’s toiletries
● Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
● Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
● Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food
● Face masks and hand sanitiser
● Valentine’s Day themed gifts - chocolates, teddy bears, cards (unsigned)
Please contact Holly at [email protected] if you have any questions, to want to find out more or if you’d like to receive a package.
5 January 2021
15 December 2020
26 November 2020
Be a star!
All the stars taking part in our advent event have done so in support of Park Life - our emergency fund to help overcome the challenges of 2020. If you enjoy the digital performances over December, please donate to the fund and help us bring world-class live theatre back to Finsbury Park as soon as possible in 2021. Click here to support us.
19 November 2020
12 October 2020
8 September 2020
This autumn: Activate Your Rebellion! Grab your placard and head for the virtual stage with our online creative learning programme, back for a new term following the success of our digital classes in spring and summer.
17 August 2020
For 10 weeks during lockdown, Park Theatre Company - Script Class worked together as an online theatre company with director Amy Allen to virtually stage Jury, a brand new play by Martin Murphy (Bruised Sky), premiering at 7pm Wed 19 Aug.
29 May 2020
Park Theatre is delighted to have been awarded £35k in emergency funding from Arts Council England. Along with other monies raised since they closed their doors to the public on 18 March this counts towards a monumental fundraising effort led by the staff team.
7 May 2020
Our celebrated Creative Learning Programme is moving online! With adult classes in acting technique, a script based acting course and devising available, as well as drama and performance skills classes for children and young people aged between 4 – 18.
21 June 2019
The Prism Project is a series of rehearsed readings at Park Theatre that offers free rehearsal space and a professional theatre in which to develop and showcase diverse stories. If you are an artist who is Black, Asian or part of a minority ethnic group then we want to hear from you. You should be working on a script (either yourself or as part of the creative team) that could use the space for its development, and you should have a creative team available to work on your project.
18 April 2019
The Coalface, Finsbury Park’s new business hub, supports neighbouring Park Theatre with free office space.
6 February 2019
We are delighted to announce our new theatre and artist development initiative, The Prism Project, which has been specially created to nurture BAME voices on stage, and provide a starting block which will help to disperse new stories.
28 September 2018
Park Theatre is to host two plays recognised by the SIT-Up Awards: a new award recently launched at the Edinburgh Fringe to reward and support theatre to achieve greater social impact. Standing for Social Impact Theatre, SIT-Up Sunday will offer a platform to two plays commended in their debut year: And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You (5pm) by Pip Utton, and the 2018 award-winner Dangerous Giant Animals (7pm) by Christina Murdock on Sunday 28 October.
SIT-UP Awards Founder David Graham said:
“These two plays have been selected as they powerfully change attitudes and move their audiences. And that is the idea of the awards and SIT-UP Sunday at Park Theatre.”
Park Theatre’s Artistic Director Jez Bond said:
“Having been moved to laughter and tears at the Edinburgh Festival, I am utterly delighted to be giving an opportunity for a London audience to see these powerful, punchy and vital plays.”
Pip Utton, one of the world's foremost solo performers (Adolf, Churchill, Chaplin, Play-ing Maggie) delivers his moving and affec-tionate performance about the devastating effects of Alzheimer's in And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You. Pip is famed for his skill in breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to an audience, involving them in the emotions of his performance. Based on his personal experience of seeing his mother deteriorate and die with Alzheimer's and on intensive research, Pip's character takes the audience with him on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears.
Christina Murdock’s Dangerous Giant Animals is a darkly comedic show about finding your voice amid your sister's screams. Funny and daring, this new one-woman play explores how surreal, challenging, and remarkable disability in a family can be. Featuring divas and dinosaurs, this is a middle child story about growing up too soon alongside a sister who never will. The play won the 2018 SIT-Up Award at this year's Edinburgh Festival, was shortlisted for the 2018 Clean Break EdFringe Support Award and was selected for New York's United Solo Theatre Festival 2018.
13 November 2017
Park Theatre has recieved £5,000 towards replacement of its alarm system from Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres. Five small theatres in London will benefit from the second round of the Theatres Trust London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The awards have been made to theatres in need of immediate repairs, addressing accessibility issues and improving conditions for staff, performers and audiences.
15 August 2017
We are pleased to release the short list of producors for our script accelerator programme. The level of competition this year was incredibly high, so a huge thank you to all that submitted and good luck to everyone in the next stage!
Script Accelerator 2017 Shortlist
For more information about Script Accelerator, and to apply to be a mentee, click here.
Producers will be announced by 6pm on 29th August, so please watch this space!
15 August 2017
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a three-year grant from the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust. This is to fund our accessible performance programme, install evacuation chairs throughout the venue to support disabled patrons, implement adaptations to our website and integrate access training throughout our organisation, to offer a warm and inclusive welcome to everyone visiting Park Theatre.
“This is a theatre that was built to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, both in Finsbury Park and beyond. With help from the City Bridge Trust, we can continue supporting D/deaf and disabled audiences through to 2020.” Jez Bond | Artistic Director
David Farnsworth, Director of City Bridge Trust, said:
“The Trust is delighted to be able to support this vital work enabling D/deaf and disabled Londoners to access performances at Park Theatre. We firmly believe that the arts should be fully accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances.”
Thank you City Bridge Trust from all of us at Park Theatre.
19 June 2017
Rising British stars Calvin Demba (Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award nominee, The Red Lion, National Theatre), Sam Frenchum (Private Peaceful, Grantchester) and award-winning Sinéad Matthews (Mrs Elvsted in Ivo van Hove’s Hedda Gabler, National Theatre), are to star in the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece, LOOT.
24 May 2017
Watch the video from the Park Theatre 4th Birthday Gala. A huge thank you to everyone who came out (and in style!) to support Park Theatre on 9 May at our 4th Birthday Gala performance of Madame Rubinstein. It was a fabulous star studded evening full of friends, glamour, champagne and cocktails. What more could we ask for - here's to the next 4 years! THANK YOU!