18 Apr The Coalface supports neighbouring Park Theatre with free office space
The Coalface is Finsbury Park’s first co-working space. We opened last month in Clifton House, Wells Terrace and one of our priorities was to introduce ourselves to our neighbouring businesses, to explore how we could get involved in the local community.
On a recent visit to Park Theatre, where we hoped to discuss opportunities to offer discounts to our members, we noticed that the team were operating out of a pretty small office and, knowing the incredible work they do, decided that we could perhaps help out. We obviously have some really great office space available that we thought they could benefit from.
Park Theatre needs to fundraise over £250,000 a year just to stay open, and receives no public subsidy. We are more than happy to do what we can to support them; they are clearly an incredibly valuable part of the Finsbury Park community. The Coalface is therefore providing Park Theatre with a six-person, fully furnished office which will be used by the theatre as a flexible, private space for its 15-strong team – a luxury that the theatre cannot currently afford.
Rachael Williams, Executive Director at Park Theatre, told us what the gesture meant:
“We are absolutely thrilled that we have been offered such a wonderful space to work in – it is something we so desperately needed. Park Theatre has a relatively small footprint and we naturally prioritise audience and performer space, which leaves very little room for the office. We now have 15 people working together to run the theatre and we are pretty packed in – and the lack of space actually limits our potential to hire more people. Some of the team work from home, but it can be impractical as we really need everyone on site at times.
“We are a creative hub, so all of the spaces within Park Theatre are very well-used; it’s vibrant and buzzy and an incredible environment to work in, but when you need to focus, or make a confidential call it can be challenging. Knowing that we have the office in The Coalface – which is such a wonderful space to work in – is such a gift.
“We are really grateful to Jonathan for offering us the office proactively when he saw where we were working. For a charity like us, this will make a huge difference.”
It was recently announced that Park Theatre is preparing to present a special fundraising run of WHODUNNIT [UNREHEARSED], where a host of celebrity guest performers will take it in turns to join the rehearsed cast of a scripted murder mystery – without having seen a script, and with no direction at all aside from a hidden earpiece on the night. All of the celebrity actors – who include Gillian Anderson, Simon Callow, Jim Broadbent and Joanna Lumley – are offering their services free of charge, to support the theatre’s fundraising efforts.
We are proud to support our local community, and look forward to welcoming the Park Theatre team into our space.