welcome to the cornerHOUSE...
... a community arts centre for the people of Tolworth, Surbiton and the surrounding
Are you interested in drama, dance, music or the visual arts?
Do you like to perform, paint, or take photographs?
Do you prefer to focus lights, operate a sound desk, make costumes, build sets or
simply help out?
Or maybe you just want to sit back, relax, and let others entertain you!
Whoever you are, whatever you want to do, there's something for you at the cornerHOUSE
community arts centre.
In how many suburbs could you walk down a residential street and come upon a thriving
arts centre? Here in Tolworth we are lucky to have just that.Created in 1995 through
an imaginative conversion of an existing church hall, this exciting theatre space
has showcased a wide range of drama, dance and music from visiting professional
companies to that of its own in-house groups.
The cornerHOUSE stages various shows throughout the year including the popular One
Acts festival where local playwrights are encouraged to submit their work anonymously
to a panel of judges. Up to eight plays are selected and then perfomed during a
One Acts week at the arts centre in September. Budding directors can also put their
names forward to direct the plays, and open auditions are held to cast the shows.
One of the most important aspects of the cornerHOUSE is its encouragement and support
of youth initiative. The Flight Dance Company is a great example of this. This young
group undertake all aspects of the production themselves, from costume design to
box office. They also produce stunning innovative dance shows.
Music and song
Music is an integral part of the cornerHOUSE, whether it be in shows, musicals or
performed by bands of various kinds. Those with a talent for music will have plenty
of opportunity to use their skills. There are also plenty of opportunities for singers
to shine too.
The Centre Stage Annual Panto has raised thousands of pounds for charity, involves
many members of the local community of all ages, and is always unique, with totally
original script, lyrics and music.
The visual arts
The cornerHOUSE has an attractive exhibition space where we are fortunate to have
on loan and exhibition of the work of the late Bert Seaborn, acclaimed local artist
and previously head of art at Tiffin School. We have a number of inspiring photographic
exhibitions throughout the year and we welcome interest from potential exhibitors.
The cornerHOUSE will continue its exploration of community arts events encompassing
poetry, puppetry, and more visual arts, as well as drama, dance and music. We also
hope to reach further into our local community, for example, by continuing to provide
opportunities for adults with learning difficulties and by increasing our educational
links in the borough.
This website will give you an idea of the facilities and work of the cornerHOUSE,
as well as information about forthcoming events and projects.