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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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CircusFest 2014: She Would Walk The Sky at the Roundhouse

Leave the real world at the door with this captivating and stylish new production from the team behind the international smash-hit Cantina. Recent building works on the foundations of the Roundhouse unearthed a small, ornate black box. In the box was a book, the yellowed pages of which carried words written in an unknown language. We asked Company 2 to translate, and the result is a show of wonder, of gasps and subtle grandeur; She Would Walk The Sky is an epic poem told in grand circus, raw sound and sparse, beautiful words. Featuring an awe-inspiring cast of world-class acrobats and aerialists from international hit shows including Circa, La Clique, Acrobat and Circus Oz, the show is directed by Chelsea McGuffin (Cantina, Circa) who is joined by award-winning Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. http://rhou.se/1cNWj8m

'Absolutely amazing!' - She Would Walk the Sky audience reactions at the Roundhouse

She Would Walk The Sky, the stylish and captivating new show from Company 2 has been wowing audiences at the Roundhouse. http://rhou.se/PF7RCl

CircusFest 2014: The Music Of Puffball

Award-winning composer Jules Maxwell discusses the music behind Puffball a new production devised and performed by a company of incredible professional circus artists and young performers, all of whom identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) in collaboration with renowned artist Mark Storor. Puffball runs 22-27 April For more info: http://rhou.se/1p58y4i Film produced by Tigerfeatures filmmaker Nicola Prestage in collaboration with the Roundhouse.

CircusFest 2014: Echoes

A spectacular free circus dance production at Maiden Lane Estate from emerging choreographer Ella Robson Guilfoyle. Echoes is an exploration of the potential of extraordinary performance in the ordinary journeys that make up our daily routine. The paths of the performers alter and overlap, sparking momentary relationships that dissipate and re-form, causing confusion, joy and frustration. Some will realise their desires, others will not; all will continue to strive to make connections across the physical structure and with each other. More info: http://rhou.se/1guxUqe

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'Breathtaking and hilarious' - La Meute at the Roundhouse

Audiences are left on the edge of their seats as La Meute flew and catapulted around the Roundhouse stage. "Thrills, spills and split-second timing" Metro "Gasp-inducing... a masterful demonstration in how far honed skills and bodies can take you" The Stage Top 10 Hottest Tickets In Town - Evening Standard Critic's Choice - Time Out More info: http://rhou.se/1cUsa78

CircusFest 2014: La Meute in the Roundhouse

These French acrobats mix madcap humour with incredible skill and collaboration to push their shows to spectacular extremes. La Meute -- translated as "The Wolf Pack" -- are masters of the rarely-seen circus skill of Russian Swing. It's seldom seen with good reason. The stakes are high, as the six performers use a giant swing to propel themselves up to 10 metres in the air. They must trust that their compadres will be there when they return to earth... Join this group of brilliant performers and close friends on a journey of cold sweat, fear, exhilaration and idiosyncratic French humour, all packed with astounding skill, fearless ambition and downright good fun. Recent graduates from the Stockholm University of Dance and Circus, La Meute have been whipping up a storm on home turf in France with their debut production. Don't miss the UK premiere at CircusFest. More info: http://rhou.se/N3TYMa Filmed by Roundhouse Digital Productions

CircusFest 2014: Expectation

Circus performance meets spoken word in a beautiful and surreal journey that delves into what it means to be a woman. Performed by aerialist Maddie McGowan and writer Talia Randall, Expectation is a 20 minute immersive performance in which the audience is called upon to look, judge, laugh and celebrate the different faces of femininity. Join them as they build, push and squeeze The Perfect Woman until she falls flat on her face and disappears. Conceived by Talia Randall in collaboration with Maddie McGowan and directed by Silvia Mercuriali one half of the immersive and multi-sensory theatre company Il Pixel Rosso (The Great Spavaldos, And The Birds Fell From the Sky...). http://rhou.se/1c7gtGf

CircusFest 2014: Escape The Mundane

What do you think of when someone says circus? The Circus Geeks take juggling to a whole new level - expect the unexpected at CircusFest 2014: http://rhou.se/1b8o64G Featuring Circus Geeks - http://circusgeeks.co.uk/ Brought to you by the Roundhouse Street Team Produced in partnership with Impact Marketing.

CircusFest 2014: Puffball

A deeply personal show from a brand new company, made right here at the Roundhouse. Puffball is a new production devised and performed by a company of incredible professional circus artists and young performers, all of whom identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) in collaboration with renowned artist Mark Storor. Inspired by personal stories that are exhilarating, heart-breaking, devastating and joyful, the show will be the culmination of a major year-long project working with young people identifying as LGBTQ from towns and cities across the UK. Fusing storytelling with beautiful circus performances, Puffball is set to a live score by award-winning composer Jules Maxwell. Puffball runs 22-27 April at CircusFest More info: http://rhou.se/1fTqwRZ

CircusFest 2014: She Would Walk The Sky

A captivating and stylish new production from the team behind the international smash-hit Cantina. This brand new production is full of wonder, of gasps and subtle grandeur; She Would Walk The Sky is an epic poem told in grand circus, raw sound and sparse, beautiful words. Featuring an awe-inspiring cast of world-class acrobats and aerialists from international hit shows including Circa, La Clique, Acrobat and_ Circus Oz_, the show is directed by Chelsea McGuffin (Cantina, Circa) who is joined by award-winning Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. She Would Walk The Sky runs from 9-17 April at CircusFest More info: http://rhou.se/1cUcjFQ

CircusFest 2014: La Meute Catapult into Action

Opening this year festival, this French collective of brilliant French acrobats mix madcap humour with incredible skill and collaboration to push their shows to spectacular extremes. La Meute -- translated as "The Wolf Pack" -- are masters of the rarely-seen circus skill of Russian Swing. It's seldom seen with good reason. The stakes are high, as the six performers use a giant swing to propel themselves up to 10 metres in the air. They must trust that their compadres will be there when they return to earth... Join this group of brilliant performers and close friends on a journey of cold sweat, fear, exhilaration and idiosyncratic French humour, all packed with astounding skill, fearless ambition and downright good fun. La Meute runs from 26 March - 6 April at CircusFest More info:http://rhou.se/1cUsa78 Filmed by Raoul Bender / Centre National des Arts du Cirque

Jodie Harsh - My Teenage Self

In the first installment in our new series, Jodie Harsh sends a message back to her teenage self... To mark the end of LGBT History Month, we asked the company for our upcoming CircusFest production Puffball and our ambassadors for the show -- all of whom identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ) -- to have a conversation with their 13 year-old selves. Film produced by Tigerfeatures filmmaker Nicola Prestage in collaboration with the Roundhouse.

Roundhouse - What would you say to your teenage self?

We asked the company for CircusFest production Puffball and our ambassadors for the show -- all of whom identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ) -- to have a conversation with their 13 year-old selves. Hopefully it might inspire you to think about what you'd say to your younger self... http://rhou.se/1k8v1xy Film produced by Tigerfeatures filmmaker Nicola Prestage in collaboration with the Roundhouse.

Roundhouse: James Murphy and David & Stephen Dewaele's Despacio

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and David & Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax and 2manydjs bring the Despacio experience to the Roundhouse. http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/productions/despacio

The Worst of Scottee

http://rhou.se/17z4jGE ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ Exeunt Magazine ★★★★ Three Weeks Scottee dares to bear all in this funny, dark and touching new show. Roundhouse Associate Artist Scottee returns with his Edinburgh Festival hit and Total Theatre Award winner The Worst of Scottee, directed by British theatre maverick Chris Goode (The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley, Monkey Bars, Kiss of Life, Sisters). Everyone has done stuff they regret, but most of us bury it deep. Last year, Scottee hired a psychotherapist and a filmmaker to dig up his past as the basis for a new show. The result is a funny, dark and touching production where Scottee dares to bear all as he encounters past flames, ex-friends and people who no longer like him, in attempt to find out where he went wrong... "One of the most impressive, affecting and unsettling productions I've seen this year" Time Out "Brave, heartfelt and full of integrity" The Scotsman "A potent and compelling combination" The Stage - Must See

Page Match - live from the Roundhouse

The legendary Page Match returns for a night of word wrestling courtesy of the amazing Bang Said The Gun, the finest purveyors of stand-up poetry. FEATURING... The Biggest and Toughest Word Wrestling Grudge Match Ever Including Aisle 16 Explodes - Fatal Five Way Match John Osborne vs Luke Wright vs Ross Sutherland vs Tim Clare vs Joe Dunthorne World Championship Tag Match Dead Poets vs Bang Said The Gun Mark Grist + Mixy vs Laurie Bolger + Peter Hayhoe All Star Pro Knockout Match Hollie McNish vs Emma Jones Light Heavy Word Championship Match Inua Ellams vs Rob Auton King of Slams Match Adam Kammerling vs Mark Grist Disciple Master of Ceremonies --- Daniel Cockrill Head ripping, blood curdling, limb breaking, arm locking, lip splitting, eye popping, hair raising, knock out prose. DIRECT FROM RINGSIDE - PAGE MATCH - THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying who are undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting at the Roundhouse. Learn more; http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/take-part/creative-projects/bloomberg-broadcast-volunteers-programme-0

Go On My Son

GO ON MY SON is a character-driven comedy short. It is an insight into the life of Nigel, an ambitious parent who pushes his son into the world of competitive water polo playing. For Nigel, it's not about winning or losing, it's about how much you win by. www.GoOnMySon.co.uk NICK COUPE (writer/director) Nick has directed theatre projects at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and National Student Drama Festival. He works as a Theatre Agent and photographer. This is his first film. AMY POWELL YEATES (producer) Amy works in theatre production and development at Playful Productions, and is currently working on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory The New Musical, directed by Sam Mendes. This is her first film. ADAM Z.ROBINSON (writer/director) Adam is a Leeds based writer of theatre, film and short fiction. Made possible by the Roundhouse Online Film Fund, generously funded by the Ex Animo Foundation.http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/explore/portfolios/online-film-fund The Producers and the Roundhouse share all rights to "Go On My Son" including, but not limited to, the screening and/or distribution of all preceeding visual and audio film content © 2013.

Roundhouse: Poetry Hits the Streets of London

Our brilliant performance poets took to the streets of London to spread The Last Word, our festival of spoken word, live performance and storytelling running at the Roundhouse from 16 Nov - 1 Dec. http://rhou.se/LstWrd Featuring artists Kenny Mukendi, Cecila Knapp and Becci Fearnley Brought to you by the Roundhouse Street Team Produced in partnership with Impact Marketing. More info: http://impactideas.co.uk/

Kid Astray - Ja Ja Ja Festival - Live at the Roundhouse

The live broadcast of Kid Astray during Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival at the Roundhouse. Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting. To find out more about the programme, visit http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/bloomberg.

NONONO - Ja Ja Ja Festival - Live at the Roundhouse

The live broadcast of NONONO during Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival at the Roundhouse. Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting. To find out more about the programme, visit http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/bloomberg.

Truls - Ja Ja Ja Festival - Live at the Roundhouse

The live broadcast of Truls during Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival at the Roundhouse. Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting. To find out more about the programme, visit http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/bloomberg.

LCMDF - Ja Ja Ja Festival - Live at the Roundhouse

The live broadcast of LCMDF during Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival at the Roundhouse. Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting. To find out more about the programme, visit http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/bloomberg.

Sakaris - Ja Ja Ja Festival - Live at the Roundhouse

The live broadcast of Sakaris during Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival at the Roundhouse. Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting. To find out more about the programme, visit http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/bloomberg.

Black Lizard - Ja Ja Ja Festival - Live at the Roundhouse

The live broadcast of Black Lizard during Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival at the Roundhouse. Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting. To find out more about the programme, visit http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/bloomberg.

Shout Out Louds & Rangleklods - Ja Ja Ja Festival - Live at the Roundhouse

The live broadcast of Shout Out Louds, supported by Rangleklods, during Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival at the Roundhouse. Filmed and produced by the Roundhouse Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteers, a group of 18-25 years olds not currently working or studying undertaking an intensive skills development programme in video production and live broadcasting. To find out more about the programme, visit http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/bloomberg.

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