The Roundhouse is an iconic London building that started life as a shed for repairing stem engines back in 1846 and is now one of the leading cultural venues in the world. This incredible Grade II listed building offers an incredible range of events throughout the year that will not only delight and entertain, but also educate and inform. The Roundhouse has a youth initiative programme that gets people in aged from 11-25 where they can work and get a feel for a career in the performing arts or in production and media. This is a unique venue with a unique ethos to match. The Roundhouse operates as a charity and very much looks to outside funding to support the money raised through ticket sales to keep the initiative alive.
If you are aged between 11 and 25 and have a love of all things creative then you can channel those creative energies at the Roundhouse. Here you can try your hands at sound engineering, radio production, photography and television, basically anything to do with the visual arts. You can spend a day at the Roundhouse or a year, how many activities you participate in is entirely your choice. Once here you will find yourself working with some of the most amazing and incredibly experienced performers, technicians and tutors. You can’t fail to be inspired while you are within the walls of the Roundhouse and they have everything you need to take that inspiration forwards and turn it into something spectacular.
Circus Fest 2012
The Roundhouse in the heart of the city has become home to the biggest circus themed festival in the world. This year all the excitement of the circus hits the city from the 28th March to the 29th April 2012; this big top made of bricks will be home to some of the most amazing circus performers that the world has to offer. During the festival you will see innovative acrobats and the cream of international contemporary circus performers as well as be able to view circus related media and film, as well as one man shows and other stage performances. This is not only a viewing experience people can come and get involved with what happens behind the scenes as well as front of house. Visitors can look forward to experiencing drumming from West Africa, aerial acrobatics and a full on interactive circus experience.
The Underground Film Club
The Underground Film Club at the Roundhouse will be showing some circus themed media during the five week run of Circusfest 2012. Films will be shown that range in age appropriation from the ‘U’ rated Circus, the Charlie Chaplin silent film where Chaplin’s ‘little tramp’ becomes the unintentional circus clown, through to the ‘18’ certificated Santa Sangre, about the life of a young man confined to a mental hospital after a childhood in a family of circus performers. This is a very dark drama not for the easily offended. Check with the Roundhouse for dates and listing of all of the films on offer during the festival.