Project information

A Theatre for Everyone

We aim to reach out to everyone by being as inclusive and welcoming as possible, by providing accessible performances, eliminating obstacles of affordability through subsided ticket prices and developing opportunities for local groups and individuals to engage with Park Theatre.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: The Park Theatre

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  • Need

    Need

    We want to:
    • Be a welcoming and accessible venue for everyone
    • Develop and strengthen connections within our diverse community
    • See the world reflected on our stages and in our audiences, participants and staff

    Solution

    • Collaborations with local organisations to develop relationships with a cross-section of people including Age UK Islington, Mind Haringey, Alzheimer’s Society and Islington Carers’ Hub
    • Meaningful and impactful creative learning projects that benefit our local community
    • Subsidised ticketing including Pay What You Can Matinees, North London discounts, reduced price school tickets and £5 community tickets
    • A programme of accessible performances

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To be a welcoming and accessible venue for everyone

    Activities

    » Reminiscence: a termly course for people affected by dementia and their carers. This project combines storytelling and therapy to stimulate memory.
    » Scholarships: reduced price places for children aged from 4-14 years for our Saturday classes, Playground Players for families on low incomes.

    Development of skills, confidence and well being from a diverse and broad range of participants, aged 4 - 104, from the transformative power of drama and our welcoming venue.


    Aim 2

    To develop and strengthen connections within our diverse community

    Activities

    » Community socials: monthly meetings held in our cafe bar for local groups like Age UK and Mind with refreshments and access to affordable tickets.
    » Subsidised ticket scheme: including Pay What You Can matinees, reduced prices schools tickets, £5 community tickets and a range of concessions.

    The development of sustained relationships with local organisations to engage a broad cross-section of our community, many of whom have not been to the theatre before.


    Aim 3

    A desire to see the world reflected on our stages and in our audiences, participants and staff

    Activities

    » Accessible performances: a year round programme of performances for deaf, visually impaired, autistic and special educational needs audiences.

    The development of audiences who currently cannot access Park Theatre work. To provide audio described, captioned and relaxed performances throughout the year.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Park Theatre was built on a belief that a professional theatre providing the highest quality of performance art can be a major catalyst for good within the community, by attracting existing theatre-goers and bringing theatre to people who have never had the chance to experience it before.

    The enriched programme will support our core work of producing a year round programme of exciting plays, making these available to the wider community regardless of age, ability and socio-economic background.

    Risk

    As a small and relatively new organisation there is the risk that we cannot engage participants or do not have the resources to deliver the projects.

    However, we have already demonstrated through a range of pilot projects that there is the demand for and a desire to continue these. Our programmes are carefully designed, whilst our community collaborations with local charities have connected us with target audiences and enabled us to share skills and resources to make these projects deliverable.

    Reporting

    Our donors will be invited to termly sharings and offered opportunities to experience accessible performances.

    Evaluation is embedded in all our projects and we produce detailed reports including photos, videos, feedback and statistical data to evidence delivery, success, learnings and impact.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,700 Scholarship Places Offering 9 subsidised places for three ten week terms
      £6,900 Reminiscence Project Giving10 participants a year round programme of weekly workshops
      £5,000 Accessible Performances Delivering one audio described, one captioned and one relaxed performance
      £5,400 Subsidised Tickets Supporting over 500 affordable tickets for schools, community groups and individuals on low incomes
  • Background

    Location

    A survey conducted before the theatre opened identified Finsbury Park as amongst the most disadvantaged areas in London. It has a high crime rate and high levels of unemployment (over 25% of the population receive unemployment benefit), and in particular youth unemployment. 47% of the population are in receipt of housing benefit, and 82% of them live in social housing, one of the highest rates in the country.

    The 2011 Child Poverty Map of the UK says that 60% of the families in Finsbury Park

    Beneficiaries

    9 young people aged between 4 - 14 years from low income families

    10 participants affected by dementia and their carers

    300 audience members who may be deaf, visually impaired or on the autistic spectrum

    540 audience members who might not otherwise afford a ticket

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Park Theatre believes that providing high quality performance art can be a major catalyst for good, particularly for people who have never had the chance to experience theatre before.

    We are based in Finsbury Park, in one of the most disadvantaged areas in London. It has a high crime rate and high levels of unemployment and many families in Finsbury Park live in or on the brink of child poverty.

    This programme, using our recognised skills, is designed to

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    People

    Melli Bond, Creative Director

    Melli designs and oversees delivery of our creative learning programme

    Amy Allen

    Amy is one of our experienced workshop facilitators delivering our Reminiscene project. She also runs our Saturday morning classes.

    Gill Tan, Chinese National Healthy Living Centre

    Gill has collaborated with us on the Reminiscence project, providing participants and translators

    Include Arts

    Include Arts are an organisation who specialise in helping arts venue deliver accessible theatre