by Park Theatre
Not long ago, Finsbury Park was one of London’s least inspiring green spaces, unloved during the day, and dangerous at night. A recent grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has turned that around, and North London’s kite is really flying again. It’s one of my favourite places in town, part orchard, part heath, depending which gate you enter through. It has a boating pond, tennis courts, an outdoor gym and an athletics track. You can play American Football, Baseball, or Softball (whatever that may be). Did you know that you can run all the way to Highgate Wood via a leafy disused railway track?
The park has also become a little hub for the arts, with the new Furtherfield Gallery in the McKenzie Pavilion, and an Art Hut run by the Friends of Finsbury Park. I had a meeting yesterday with Lewis Taylor, the park’s warden, to discuss The Richard Hope Play Space. Richard Hope was a keen actor, and the outdoor auditorium that bears his name is theatrical in quite a magic way. It's full of possibility, but sadly the space has rarely been used as a theatre. So my question to you is, what would you like to see here?