Monthly Archives: August 2014

So…we’ve been planning and talking (post from our Theatre Director, Victoria)

So…we’ve been planning and talking about the Tally Ho! A Place to Meet theatre performance for ages.  It will take place on Saturday 4th October at artsdepot’s Fun Palaces event to celebrate our 10th birthday.  It will celebrate the history of Tally Ho! Corner – especially the 19th Century Coach Company the corner takes its name from.  It will include lots and lots of local performers aged 13-100 – and it’s all started to take shape!

Last week the creative team gathered together to hear what interesting facts and stories Olivia’s research has uncovered.  We looked at pictures from the era of the Tally Ho! Coach Company, and clips of old films that would have been shown at the Gaumont Cinema.  There were even old posters and signs from the market that was here after the Gaumont was knocked down.  The hard thing is going to be choosing which stories to include in the performance, as there is loads of material to inspire us!

We’ve had our first audition workshop, which was loads of fun.  We spent some time playing silly games and getting to know each other first of all.  Then we started exploring the building – and have decided that there won’t be just one performance, but lots of ‘pop up moments’ throughout the day in unexpected places.  Here’s Gianluca improvising a Market-Stall-Holder character in the lift!

It’s not too late to get involved – the next workshop is on Wed 27th August 7-9pm.  Email for more information.

Contradictions/Glamour/Community – Post from our archivist, Olivia Bellas


flicking through the archives


These three words sum up where I am at on the research side of the project. An excellent mix.As I’m particularly interested in site specific work it’s been a serious pleasure to be able to delve into a precise location and layer by layer, let it’s presence unfold. The artsdepot site was not one I was familiar with prior to this project and that’s given me an approach to my research that is fresh and wide-eyed. When I get off the bus at North Finchley bus depot now, I think of the coaches, the trams and the trolley buses. When I see the curved part of the building atop the bathstore, I’m jolted to a 1930’s cinema. When I go up in the lift at artsdepot, I think of the people that live above, today.

So I won’t give away any details about the research itself as that will be revealed as part of the October theatre piece, visual artwork, film and exhibition. But do know that every archive trip is it’s own unique experience – thank you to the Finchley Society’s basement treasures, Barnet Archives extensive knowledge and enthusiasm and as always, the white gloves at LMA. By far the most privileged experience is carrying out oral histories – within an interview setting, allowing personal memories to come to you and inform and excite others. As only human words and emotion can.

Following a presentation of my findings to the team this week, it’s now our job to translate the material and engage an audience. And it’s important to note that public engagement and participation are major elements of this project. The creative process will be made more magical when visitors come and have their say, fill in the blanks and continue a dialogue about the Tally Ho Corner area. I do hope that I take the concepts of contradictions/glamour/community into my next piece of research.

Introducing Tally Ho Corner

Tally Ho Corner is a busy intersection in Finchley, North London and the home of artsdepot, an award winning multi-arts venue. But what has this corner of North London meant to local people in other historical periods? And where did it get its quirky name?


Tally Ho! A Place to Meet is an opportunity to explore the history of a local landmark through personal stories, archival research, community art, performance and film. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’re using the opportunity presented by artsdepot’s tenth birthday (this October!) to learn more about the site we call home.

So far, we’ve learned that Tally Ho Corner is a place that has housed lots of cultural and community activities, and has been a transport hub since as early as the 1800s, when it is believed to have been a stop for the Tally Ho Coach Company.

Archivist, Olivia Bellas, has been working with our local heritage partner, the Finchley Society, to collect more information about artsdepot’s home. In July, Olivia trained a group of young people aged 13-18 in oral history interview techniques and the young people went on to conduct two interviews with local people with first-hand memories of the beautiful art deco Gaumont Cinema, which stood at Tally Ho Corner for 50 years from 1937-1987.

All this research will feed into several creative projects. Our team includes Visual Artist, Jacky Oliver; Film maker, Sarah Mace-Dennis and Theatre Director, Victoria Briggs, who is also artsdepot’s new Participation Manager. Each of these artists will be working with members of the local community to bring snapshots of our local history to life.

Our exhibition launches on 4th October as part of artsdepot’s Fun Palace birthday extravaganza.

Click here to learn more.