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Park Theatre launches partnership with film and TV directors

Park Theatre's artistic director Jez Bond. Photo: Park Theatre Park Theatre's artistic director Jez Bond. Photo: Park Theatre
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North London venue the Park Theatre has joined forces with film and TV bodies to launch a scheme aimed at encouraging greater working between the three mediums.

Under the scheme, film and TV directors will regularly be invited to see stage plays at the Park Theatre.

The north London venue will invite screen creatives to the first matinee of every new show, which will feature Q&As with the production’s actors and team as well as a chance to network.

The theatre hopes the scheme, called Stage and Screen and run in partnership with Film London and Directors UK, will encourage “collaboration, cross-pollination and new working relationships”.

Park Theatre artistic director Jez Bond said it was an “age-old thing” that screen actors and crew “make their way through theatre and do their training in the theatre”.

“In some ways, I think maybe producers and crew now are moving slightly away from that and are forgetting that. So it might be a good way to remind them that there is a huge crossover,’ he said.

“People who write for the stage have the same skills as people who write for film and TV and vice versa – same for people who act and people who produce,” he added.

Bond said that he hoped the scheme could eventually result in Park Theatre shows being turned into TV and film productions.

“For a couple of shows we’ve done already, there has been talk about turning them into a film. So it’s not pie in the sky, but it has to be the right sort of piece. To know if that was the case, that we would have connections with producers who could jump on it, that’s really exciting,” he added.

Raising Martha will be the first show to take part in the new scheme.

Film London chief executive Adrian Wootton said: “From cinema’s earliest Shakespeare adaptations to JJ Abrams investing in The Play That Goes Wrong, the worlds of stage and screen are inextricably linked.

“I couldn’t be happier to be working alongside Directors UK and Park Theatre to continue this tradition, and build upon our own work to nurture and connect London’s incredible wealth of creativity and storytelling talent.”