This is a sponsored article on behalf of the Roundhouse.
Remember Mark Grist, the English teacher-turned-poet whose YouTube video racked up 4 million views when he took on a student in a rap battle? You can see his one-man show, Rogue Teacher, about leaving behind his teaching career, at the Roundhouse in Camden this month. He’s also currently in Mr Drew’s School For Boys on Channel 4. You’ll never look at a teacher in the same way again.
If rap isn’t your thing, Roundhouse’s season of spoken word and storytelling continues with a few other gems.
Award-winning artist, poet and lyricist Kate Tempest has joined forces with Cardboard Citizens to create a powerful piece of theatre on the universality of family. Glasshouse is three short stories, each told from the point of view of a different member of the same family, drawing the audience into a dark and gritty London, illuminated by moments of unexpected tenderness. But this is no ordinary theatre show – in the second half the audience are invited on stage to rehearse alternative scenarios and create a more positive outcome for the characters.
Alternatively, Howl 2.0 by Poejazzi is a reworking of the infamous poem by Allen Ginsberg, featuring modern artists and using visual art and music to perform the piece for a 21st century audience.