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The Roundhouse

The Roundhouse has a multidisciplinary programme of theatre, physical theatre, music and performance art, and an arts training centre for young people. Our funding is a contribution to the arts programme in the main house.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £969,097
  • 2013-2014: £991,386
  • 2014-2015: £1,017,162

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Polarbear talks about his new play Back Down

Polarbear talks about his new play. Watch the new video with award-winning poet and spoken word artist Polarbear aka Steven Camden talking about his highly-anticipated first play, Back Down. Steven has crafted a must-see coming of-age story that is both insightful and incredibly funny. Back Down will open The Last Word, our two week festival of spoken word, storytelling and live performance in May. 16-24 May

Live Broadcast: Monteverdi's Orfeo

Join us live as Roundhouse Digital Productions broadcast a full performance of Michael Boyd’s production of Orfeo. Presented by BBC Culture Show's presenter Morgan Quaintance and Roundhouse emerging artist Jane Young. The cast is led by baritone Gyula Orendt as Orfeo and soprano Mary Bevan as Euridice, who perform alongside Jette Parker Young Artists James Platt as Charon and Rachel Kelly as Proserpina. The chorus is comprised of post-graduate singers from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, while the energy of the East London Dance troupe brings the staging to life. Former Royal Shakespeare Company director Michael Boyd’s operatic debut has received both critical and audience acclaim for both exposing new talent and for remaining true to the piece’s dramatic roots. Orchestra of the Early Opera Company conducted by Christopher Moulds. Music recording and balance courtesy of BBC Radio 3.

non zero one: talking to the team behind Mountaineering

Award-winning non zero one have been one of the most talked about theatre companies in the UK over the past few years. Creating unforgettable, innovative audience experiences, the company have picked up rave reviews from the Guardian to Time Out and beyond. Their biggest project to date, Mountaineering, is a show about choice, interaction and personal conversation.

Orfeo: Sneaking behind the scenes at the Roundhouse

Jane Young goes behind the scenes at the piano rehearsal for Michael Boy's new production of Orfeo, co-produced by The Royal Opera and the Roundhouse. Discover more at Directed by Roundhouse emerging filmmaker, Libby Knowles.

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Orfeo: Designing the costumes with Tom Piper and llaria Martello

Designer Tom Piper and Costume Ilaria Martello discuss the process of bringing the world of the opera to life through costume. Discover more about our collaboration with The Royal Opera on Michael Boyd's new production of Orfeo at Directed by Roundhouse emerging filmmakers, Benjamin Neustadt and Pip Riddick.

Orfeo: Soprano Mary Bevan sings La Musica Prologue from Monteverdi's Orfeo

One of the UK's leading emerging artists, Mary Bevan sings La Musica Prologue from Monteverdi's Orfeo. Discover more about Michael Boyd's anticipated new production of the first great opera at

Orfeo: Touring the stage with designer Tom Piper

Designer Tom Piper takes us on a tour of the stage for the much-anticipated new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo directed by Michael Boyd. Video directed by Roundhouse emerging filmmaker, Francis Sylver.

Orfeo: Introductory insights with cast and creative team

The Royal Opera and the Roundhouse join forces as Michael Boyd directs a much-anticipated new production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece Orfeo. Join us for an exclusive filmed Insight event exploring Monteverdi’s masterpiece Orfeo, which will be broadcast live across the Roundhouse and Royal Opera House’s channels. With Orfeo Director Michael Boyd, performance by Mary Bevan and other members of the cast and production team, including exclusive behind the scenes footage, gain a unique insight into the work billed as the first great opera ahead of its first night performance at the Roundhouse on 13 January. CREDITS; Presenters - Sara Mohr-Pietsch Jane Young Director - Aidan Stimson Editor - Benjamin Neustadt Cameras - Libby Knowles Harry Balding Pippa Riddick Producer - Tom Nelson Marta Sala Font Production Coordinators - Emma Davis Victoria Aspden Floor Manager - Francis Sylver Chloe Miller-Smith Sound - Mark Johnston Technical - Tony Byrnes

From Covent Garden to Chalk Farm Road: Monteverdi's Orfeo

Watch our new video celebrating our collaboration with The Royal Opera, as Orfeo races from Covent Garden's famous opera house all the way to his new home on Chalk Farm Road. Credits: Orfeo - Gyula Orendt Pluton voice - Callum Thorpe Director - Alice Sephton First AD - Joe Hallgate Director of Photography and Steadicam operator - Ben Marshall Focus Puller - Ryan Parkins Producer - Marta Sala Font Production Coordinator - Emma Davis Production Assistant - Francis Sylver With thanks to Hayley Bartley. Music courtesy of Warner Music.

The Tin Soldier: families give their verdict

The Tin Soldier 13 December - 4 January It’s Christmas and a newly minted tin soldier stands on a single leg, having been the last one cast from an old tin spoon. Nearby, he spies a paper ballerina, also standing on one leg, and the soldier falls in love. But the course of true love cannot run smooth and the soldier falls into an adventure to test and melt the bravest of hearts. Live music and dance, vibrant characters and a beautiful story combine for a must-see production for all the family. Peut-être Theatre create work for young audiences that is interactive and accessible through its use of the visual, physical and musical. The company’s previous productions include This is a That, The Bug and the Butterfly, Draw Me A Bird, Clunk and Dare to Sea. More info:

Roundhouse Young Creatives: Training the next generation of cabaret artists

Where can 11-25 year olds explore the curious worlds of variety, cabaret, comedy, theatre and dance? On projects at the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios, under the guidance of some of the UK’s finest cabaret performers and producers. This film showcases the work made by emerging talent on our projects over the last few years. Curious? Check for our latest opportunities.

The Roundhouse Choir - a 5 Year Anniversary Film

In the summer of 2014, the Roundhouse Choir celebrated 5 years under it's current artistic direction. This documentary is a glimpse into the stories behind the voices and their experiences of being a part of such a successful and experimental choir. Follow and find out more; @RoundhouseChoir

'Nursing the Nation' - written and performed by Molly Case, a film by Libby Knowles

'Nursing the Nation' is a criticism of the sensationalising media coverage of NHS scandals that consistently attacks nurses and fails to recognise their care and dedication. Molly Case is a spoken word artist and writer born and brought up in south London and is currently training to be a nurse. In April 2013 she achieved a national profile after performing her poem ‘Nursing The Nation’ at the Royal College Of Nursing, gaining over 300,000 views on YouTube in a few months. Molly is a multiple slam winner, has performed at Glastonbury and partied with the Queen at Buckingham Palace as well as featuring in The Guardian, Independent, The Times, Huffington Post, Elle Magazine and was named in the Health Service Journal’s most inspirational women and the BBC's 100 Women. Her debut collection of poetry is out in 2015. Filmmaker Libby Knowles studied History and Film as SOAS, works as a Media Manager in TV versioning at TVT and is a freelance filmmaker, editor and live camera operator for clients such as the Roundhouse, The Place (London Contemporary Dance) and The Royal Opera House. She makes her own films in live action and stop motion animation, and her work often consists of collaborations with artists, spoken word poets and musicians. This film won the Roundhouse Online Film Fund, a bi-annual competition that awards 3 filmmakers with a £400 production budget, the use of equipment and facilities and mentoring from Roundhouse Studios professionals. Molly Case (@RI_Macey) Libby Knowles (@Libby_Knowles) Very special thanks to Ian Norris and Queen’s Hospital, Romford, for arranging and providing the locations, hospital props and costumes. The Online Film Fund is generously supported by the Ex Animo Foundation.

Coalition Fangirls by Charlie Dinkin

One Direction, Justin Bieber and…David Cameron? A startling glimpse into the hidden lives of some of Britain's most dedicated, driven and obsessive teenage fans. This time it's political. Charlie is a comedian and social researcher based in London. She has produced a number of comedy and documentary shorts, which can mostly be found on YouTube ( A proud graduate of Barnard College and The Second City's Comedy Studies program in Chicago, she now regularly performs improv as part of 'Music Box: The Improvised Musical' and 'Glitch', and stand up with/as herself. You can follow her on twitter @CharlieDinkin for jokes, updates and complaints. This film won the Roundhouse Online Film Fund, a bi-annual competition that awards 3 filmmakers with a £400 production budget, the use of equipment and facilities and mentoring from Roundhouse Studios professionals. The Online Film Fund is generously supported by the Ex Animo Foundation.

Film Production with Young Creatives

These films were created by a group of young film makers aged 11-14 during the ‘Film Production’ project which took place over Summer 2014 in The Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios. The participants were able to develop key camera & production skills whilst exploring the stories of two successful Roundhouse Studios alumni. The project is one of many creative learning opportunities that comprise The Roundhouse’s year round 11-25’s programme:

Orfeo Game Design Project - "Don't Look Back"

A group of young people aged 11 to 14 came together over the summer to form the creative team behind a brand new mobile game! The Roundhouse and The Royal Opera’s production of Orfeo will be wowing thousands of audience members next year. This project brought together actors, designers and people who love playing computer games to make an audio-based mobile game for public release leading up to the production. Collaborating as a team of actors and game designers, the participants learnt how to develop characters, devise scripts, create audio content and make sound effects with professionals.

Fun Palaces: Building a Brain Beneath the Roundhouse

Take a look at what happened when Fun Palaces came to the Roundhouse...

Conrad Shawcross: Timepiece 2013 - Season Film

Timepiece was a major new installation that encouraged us to take a fresh look at something we all take for granted. Suspended above the Roundhouse’s epic Main Space was a vast eight-metre faceless clock, a spectacular mechanical light sculpture that floods the space with intricate layers of light and shadow.

Jake Isaac live at Rising

Our celebration of emerging music, Roundhouse Rising, returned for this unique summer special headlined by Andreya Triana. Andreya was joined by Roundhouse associate artists Jake Isaac and Phoenix Martins.

Poetry Slam Grand Final 2014 live

Check out some of the best up-and-coming talent in spoken word as the finalists competed for the coveted title of Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion 2014. The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is one of the major highlights of our calendar – this is set to be the biggest final yet! Come and see the best up-and-coming talent in spoken word compete for the Colin and Helen David Prize and the coveted title of Slam Champion 2014.

Funk Da Cirque live

Funk Da Cirque returned to the Roundhouse with Soul Trip, a show that combined street dance styles – including boogaloo, house, waakin’ and b-boying – with theatre, acrobatics, human pyramids and body percussion. This exciting young company includes some of the best young street dancers and acrobats from across London, all aged 11-25. They’ve performed to sold-out houses at CircusFest 2012 and 2014, as well as appearing at the National Theatre’s Watch This Space and Camp Bestival.

Leafcutter John live at Imogen Heap's Reverb

This summer marked the release of Sparks, Imogen Heap’s fourth and most ambitious album to date. Reverb culminated with the very first performance of this eagerly awaited album, the only opportunity to see Imogen perform it live in 2014. Imogen was be supported by Leafcutter John who has designed and built a beautiful system for creating music using light which he will use to make music never before heard by human ears.

Phoenix Martins live at Roundhouse Rising

Our celebration of emerging music, Roundhouse Rising, returned for this unique summer special headlined by Andreya Triana. Andreya was joined by Roundhouse associate artists Jake Isaac and Phoenix Martins.

Norwegian Girls Choir live at Imogen Heap's Reverb

The Norwegian Girls’ Choir perform the UK premier of Ro-Uro, written by composer Maja S. K. Ratkje. The piece focuses on war, peace, order and chaos through a collage of historic material and traditional Norwegian folk music and lullabies.

Natures Reworked by Mira Calix, Oliver Coates, Quayola & Sinigaglia live at Imogen Heap's Reverb

The Saturday evening of Reverb closed with a new exclusive reworking of Natures by Mira Calix, Oliver Coates and Quayola & Sinigaglia.

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