The Park Theatre has helped turn Finsbury Park into a thriving arts precinct. Woodberry Life takes a look behind the scenes of one its productions, 'Roaring Trade' as STAMP Theatre Company begin rehearsals.
Since Finsbury Park’s Park Theatre opened its doors in May 2013, it has shown some of the best fringe theatre productions to often sold-out audiences. The venue has two theatres; one seats 200, the other 80, and it has been instrumental in regenerating this particular corner of Finsbury Park. Now Clifton Terrace buzzes with restaurants and cafés that have opened since the theatre moved into its new home.
“Our philosophy is to be a family friendly place. We have our doors open from eight in the morning for people who want to come and have a coffee and maybe not even see a show. We just want to be a welcoming beacon within the community,” says Jez Bond, the Park Theatre’s artistic director.
“We are a local theatre with a global vision – we aspire to have an international reputation in terms of the work we deliver.”
Roaring Trade is a play about power, lust and ambition in the banking world. “The play is fundamentally about (the protagonists’) crooked nature and how it destroys them in the long run,” says Roaring Trade’s director Alan Cohen. “The script was great and quite timely – about traders and bankers and corruption – so that’s why I was attracted to it.” Fittingly, the initial rehearsal space was located near London’s financial district in Bank.
Steve Thompson wrote the play, and actor and director Nick Moran plays the main part – the anti-hero, Donny. “He’s a classic bad boy, and they provide the opportunity for your imagination to take risks,” says Alan.
It’s the first time Alan has directed a play at the Park Theatre, and it was his top choice of venues. “I can’t think of anywhere better to do it in London,” he says. “It’s a great space and a welcoming place. I’m thrilled to be doing it.”