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Arts Council steps in to aid fringe theatre

Show of support with £35k boost for Finsbury Park venue as appeal goes on

05 June, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Jez Bond: ‘There needs to be more government ­support to prevent permanent closures and we hope this will be forthcoming’

ARTS Council ­England has stepped in to bolster the Park ­Theatre’s survival fundraising efforts to the tune of £35,000.

The Tribune previously reported on the fringe’s battle for ­survival in the borough, with Park ­Theatre artistic director Jez Bond telling the paper it would “absolutely catastrophic” if the scene were to disappear.

The £35,000 will be added to the theatre’s “Park Life” appeal, which aims to raise £100,000 to fund its reopening.

It’s understood half of that amount has been donated.

Mr Bond said: “We feel grateful and fortunate to have been one of the organisations chosen to receive ACE funding at this time of crisis, but in reality, it is still only a fraction of the investment needed from the government to ensure that the arts in this country survive the current pandemic.

“There needs to be more government ­support to prevent permanent closures and we hope this will be forthcoming.

“In the meantime, we owe it to our 900+ donors who have supported us during the lockdown, to the staff who have worked so tirelessly to build Park Theatre’s reputation over the last seven years, and to those who helped us build our theatre in Finsbury Park to survive this.”

The theatre opened in 2013 and quickly earned a reputation for putting on challenging productions attracting both famous faces and up and coming talent.

Donate at www.gofundme.com/f/park-theatre

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