As many of you know, in order to help prohibit the spread of Covid-19 we have taken the necessary yet distressing step of temporarily closing Park Theatre. This has meant cancelling all performances and classes for the foreseeable future. As a small charity with no regular government or Arts Council funding, this has led to a catastrophic loss of income and even since shutting our doors we’ve been working with our board and donors to try and address the shortfall.
An unprecedented level of personal support from a number of generous donors in the first week of lockdown raised an initial £300,000. This will enable us to manage minimum outgoings during the period of lockdown, maintain our building, keep our team on our payroll using the government’s job retention scheme and operate a skeleton staff during closure. But we still need to raise a further £100,000 to fund a 3 month run up to us being able to re-open; with no income generated during this time we will still need to pay staff, rehearse a production in each theatre, generate an audience, resume our community work and other areas of activity.
We have launched a new fund that could provide us with a lifeline. The Park Life Fund will mean that when the crisis is over we will be ready to support our community; welcome back the thousands of visitors we attract each year; continue to provide affordable accessible theatre; resume our outreach programmes with those in real need, and open our buzzing cafe bar as a safe space for all.
We recognise that this is a time of uncertainty for many. However, if you can afford to help out, your donation – however large or small – will play a vital part in helping us resume our role as an exceptional theatre in the heart of our Finsbury Park community.
We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive messages we’ve received so far and we are thankful that we can count on the support of so many of you. Together, I know we can weather this storm.
I am looking forward to the time when, powered by passionate people, life and creative energy will flow through our building and community once more. I'm hugely grateful to all those who want to help life return to Park Theatre.
With thanks and warm wishes,
Artistic Director, Park Theatre
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