||THEATRO TECHNIS (22 Crowndale Road )
The Company was first established in 1957 to present plays in Greek
for the Cypriot community in North London. Initially working as a touring company, touring
to the Greek-Cypriot communities in London and around the country, the company became
venue-based in the early 70s at a venue near Kings Cross and, since 1978, at the
present venue in Crowndale Road. Over the last forty years, the companys artistic
policy has expanded to include theatre about Greek & Cypriot culture in English which
has enabled it to establish a wider audience. The company received significant funding
from LAB, Camden Council and the Arts Council in the 1980s which established the
theatre as a venue for Classical Greek theatre and modern day contemporary plays. In the
1990s public funding was gradually reduced, encouraging Theatro Technis to develop
new strands of income. By the late 1990s the theatre had become entirely
self-supporting with no reliance on public funding and had evolved into the small
multilingual international fringe theatre that it is today showing plays in foreign
languages and in English translation by UK, European and International theatre groups.
In 1997 the decision was taken to change the management structure of
the theatre to focus solely on the promotion of the venue as a fringe theatre resource for
London and a community theatre for Camden. Funding will be ring-fenced making the venue
more financially robust and self-sufficient. The Production company will remain focused on
presenting theatre from Greek and Cypriot culture. More dependent than the venue on
revenue funding, the division between the two operations will allow better risk management
and greater flexibility for gearing down activities of the production company in line with
As Londons leading International and Multi-lingual fringe theatre,
Theatro Technis will promote a new International theatre from Europe, and UK to
Londons multi-cultural theatre community. Theatro Technis will be the main venue in
London for foreign language productions. As an international fringe venue, the theatre
will house three seasons of plays with European and International themes, two annual
festivals and an integrated educational programme for schools and the local community. In
the longer term Theatro Technis will develop a European & International theatre
network working towards the development of a new form of theatre for the new millennium.
As the main classical Greek theatre Production Company in London,
Theatro Technis will promote Classical plays in Greek and English. The company will also
nurture new contemporary playwrights from the Greek & Cypriot community and present
their work to a London audience. Links between Cyprus, Greece and London will be developed
to ensure cultural exchanges and educational programmes for the Greek and Cypriot
community in Camden, London and UK.
Promote International Theatre in English focusing on European
Focus on foreign language productions with a minimum of 25% solely in
the original language or bi-lingual productions (including English).
Encourage new writing by prioritising productions of new work.
Develop an integrated educational programme focusing on schools and the
Theatro Technis policy is to build on the growth of European theatre in
London over the last 10 years. With an established track record of foreign language
theatre and translations it's aim is to become an ambassador for European theatre in
Camden, London and UK. Theatro Technis annual European theatre & arts festival
will be one of the primary forums for theatre companies from Europe to showcase their work
to a London multicultural & multilingual audience.
Equally important is the need for the artistic and educational policies to
be fully integrated to ensure that educational programmes facilitate audience development,
bring more young people into the theatre and develop the community links established since
The policy aims is to maintain the links between the work of the
theatre and the social and community work that the production company has done over the
last 40 years for Londons Greek and Cypriot communities. To create strong links with
the community encouraging youth projects with schools and colleges and ensuring the
continuing development of the Greek Classics in the form of new adaptations as a part of
the schools curriculum.
The venues education policy has been created in consultation
with Camden Council and concentrates on three areas - the role of the theatre in the
Crowndale Road area, the annual programme of workshops and educational activities and the
provision of foreign language productions tied in to the national school curriculum.
The location of the theatre, in between Camden and Kings Cross,
places it in an area with significant social problems at a time of major development. The
role of cultural organisations in the social, cultural and educational well-being of the
local community is well recognised by Camden Council who have identified the following
objectives in their arts and tourism strategy 1997-2003;
Encourage local people to enjoy the Boroughs cultural facilities
Promote civic pride by raising awareness of the Boroughs history
and cultural diversity
Celebrate the diversity within the Borough and promote equal
opportunities for all
Increase visitor numbers to the Boroughs specialist and smaller
Contribute to crime prevention and community safety initiatives
Inform local residents about benefits and issues relating to arts and
Theatro Technis will play an important role in the Boroughs plans
for improving the services for the local community. The theatre will provide a year-round
programme of activities including a specific educational programme and the existence of
the arts café open every weekend.
The Educational Programme
The educational programme will include three Workshops - for drama,
music and dance, a three-week long Summer School, Youth Development projects organised in
collaboration with Camden Council and youth placements from school and colleges in theatre
administration and stage management.
Foreign Language Productions
Priority will be given to foreign language productions that are tied
in to the national curriculum. Previous examples of this include the production of
F.G.Lorcas plays in spring 1997, which was marketed to schools and colleges in
London and resulted in attendance rates significantly higher than the annual average.
The companys education policy is focused on the Greek / Cypriot
community and aims to ensure exposure to the Greek Classics and contemporary plays through
productions at Theatro Technis venue and through touring to Greek church schools and other
independent community schools. In particular, the company will encourage young people from
the Greek / Cypriot community to join the childrens theatre section of the company
and to take an active part in the development of new projects. There will be at least one
production annually by the Childrens theatre company.