Park Theatre have been given the opportunity to have one floor of its new complex in Finsbury transformed into a studio for community and educational work. However, they have been given just three months to raise the £400,000 needed for the development.
If the money is raised in time, the new floor will house Islington Community Theatre (ICT) who have recently been ousted from their Holloway base. ICT provide free acting lessons to disadvantaged young people. If the funding does not materialise, their future will hang in the balance.
The £2 million Park Theatre is due to open in Autumn 2012. It will contain two theatres with a seating capacity of 200 and 90 respectively. Currently Park Theatre have raised £75,000 through donations – if the target is left unreached, the floor will be converted into private flats.
Artistic director of the ICT, Ned Glasier said: ‘It would be incredibly sad to lose it to a flat. We already get amazing support from places like the Pleasance Theatre, but being based at the Park would help us connect our young people to a working theatre on a day-to-day basis and give them new opportunities particularly in technical theatre.’
To find out more information or to donate visit http://parktheatre.co.uk/