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The Selfish Giant

Riding Lights is pleased to announce The Selfish Giant, a story for the season of Christmas, touring December 2019.

The Giant is angry.  He’s been away visiting friends for seven years and returns to find children – children! – playing happily in his beautiful garden!    

Every day after school, they come and run about, laughing and playing games under the blossom on his peach trees, listening to the delightful songs of the birds.  So he puts up a big wall and an even bigger KEEP OUT notice to put a stop to all that. Then winter seizes the garden in its icy fingers…

Will this grip ever be broken?

Through vivid, interactive story-telling, music, puppetry and humour, Riding Lights brings you this brilliant story of transformation.  No one, not even the story-tellers themselves, can be left unaffected by this inspiring tale of love and generosity.

Riding Lights has an outstanding reputation for bringing memorable shows to primary aged audiences both nationally and in Yorkshire. This production is the much-loved story by Oscar Wilde, newly adapted by Jon Boustead.

Performances at Friargate Theatre
21 December 11am and 3pm

Book online or call 01904 613000
Tickets £7 adult & £5 child

Suitable for ages 5 and up.

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Touring Yorkshire and (a bit) beyond 1-20 December.

Performances can be booked for churches or into primary schools in Yorkshire (other locations will be considered, so please do get in touch if you’re interested). Churches can also sponsor a performance for their local primary school.

Please contact Bethan to find out more: touring@rltc.org or 01904 655317

Cost: £400 + VAT for a performance in a church (if you decide to sell tickets, you keep all the sales).
Primary school performances the cost is £4 per child (including VAT) with a minimum booking of £400.

Please get in touch if cost is a barrier to your school or church so we can have a conversation about what might work for you.

‘Riding Lights is the highlight of our year’
‘The children were captivated’

The Narrow Road- Touring Lent 2020

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a tour of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, during the season of Lent 2020.

Amid the heat and beauty of ancient Palestine, a man stands on a dusty road. An extraordinary journey will take place, retracing the footsteps of Jesus through a world of miracles and madness, violence and liberation. As the Narrow Road is walked, this turbulent world is turned upside down and its inhabitants confronted by an unexpected and surprising vision.

As we walk with these people to the cross and on into the challenge of a life beyond it, The Narrow Road asks each of us to review our understanding of our own faith in relation to that journey. There are pauses in the performance which give opportunities for personal reflection and worship.

Following a successful revival of the play last year, it is available for booking between the 16th March and the 11th April. Please get in touch with our Tour Booker, Louise Barclay Johnson on louise@rltc.org or call 01904 655317 for more information on cost and booking.

Audience responses to previous tours of The Narrow Road:

“This was the most inspiring 90 minutes I’ve spent in a long time.”

“This was a truly extraordinary and life-changing event. It will have a deep and lasting effect on me.”

“The performance was so powerful so very accomplished and clever, the way the scripture interlinked, it made us think.”
 
“A packed hall, an amazing play and a wonderful preparation for Easter Day.”

Kaleidoscope Tour Schedule

Touring the UK:
12 September – 2 November 2019

 

In a crowded house a man walks a new walk…  young lovers set a teeth-chattering example of faith… while a gangster starts up in the forgiveness business, a fool dreams of escape on a rocket to Mars…  and there’s a jaw-dropping moment for prisoners when singing unlocks the doors.

 

Among the manicured, self-managed images of the YouTube influencers and evaporating virtual dreams, this show celebrates substance and truth and joy.

 

Can the rich kaleidoscope of the good news of Jesus reveal new patterns which are life-changing in the 21st century? Is there an influencer we can trust to tell us the truth? Delight in us for who we are and help us build a community which values everyone?

List of Public Performances

Right Here Right Now: December

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

It’s CHRISTMAS TIME, mistletoe and wine, and… well who knows what, as York’s very own comedy improv troop get together one last time in 2019 with their own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions.

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s Christmas. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

So join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 20 December
7.30pm

Tickets: £5 or online Book Now
Box Office: 01904 613000

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs

Right Here Right Now: November

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

Sparks will fly in November’s explosive edition of RHRN!

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions.

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s weekend. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

So join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

 

Friday 22 November
7.30pm

Tickets: £5 or online: Book Now
Box Office: 01904 613000

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs

Kemp’s Jig

“And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down for them..”

1598: Meet Will Kemp  – celebrity comedian, international superstar of the Elizabethan stage and the original “9 Day wonder”, about whom the above quote from Hamlet is said to be written.

A “horrible histories” for all ages, Kemp’s Jig makes Shakespeare accessible by sending him up – his supposed lack of a sense of humour is a running joke throughout the play –  and also gives an insight to the unglamorous side of life in Tudor England, using aspects of commedia dell’arte, music hall revue and storytelling to illustrate Kemp’s adventures.

As Shakespeare’s plays began to require comic actors rather than comedians Kemp’s style (comedy dog, slapstick and all) became less and less suitable and Shakespeare and Kemp parted ways.  Kemp resigned his shares in “The Lord Chamberlains Men”  and embarked upon a bizarre publicity stunt to cash in on his popularity and superstar status:  In February 1600 he began a 125 mile Morris dance from London to Norwich, and later published his diary of the event “The Nine Daies Wonder”.  And that is where our story begins…

Kemp’s Jig has been seen at the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and all across the globe.  The original production was the subject of a TV documentary (introduced by Sir Peter Hall) and its original writer and performer Chris Harris toured the US (as Kemp) with Sam Wanamaker’s company to raise sponsorship for the building of Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

This new production comes direct from gaining a new audience and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Friday 15 November
7.30pm

Tickets: £12 | £10 Concessions or online: Book Now
Box Office: 01904 613000

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs

Rebels and Friends

100 years ago Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British parliament. She was in prison. She had been a leader of the Dublin Easter Rising, but her pacifist sister, Eva Gore-Booth, was campaigning for her release. Wealthy young women from Sligo, they had turned their backs on convention. This “stunning and evocative” play tells the remarkable story of these Irish sisters through theatre, poetry, songs, music, dance and over 500 images.
 
Constance married a Polish count, was an artist and ran a soup kitchen in the Dublin lock-out. Eva was a poet who campaigned for the rights of barmaids and other working women in northwest England with her lifelong partner, Esther Roper. This new production is supported by Arts Council England, the Irish Emigrant Support Programme, and Unite the Union.

4 November 7.45pm Ticket prices: £14 Full, £12 Conc

01904 613000 or Book Online

 

Kaleidoscope

“It sparkled; it was brilliant.”
“The creativity and energy were just fantastic!”

In a crowded house a man walks a new walk… young lovers set a teeth-chattering example of faith… while a gangster starts up in the forgiveness business, a fool dreams of escape on a rocket to Mars… and there’s a jaw-dropping moment for prisoners when singing unlocks the doors.

Among the manicured, self-managed images of the YouTube influencers and evaporating virtual dreams, this show celebrates substance and truth and joy.

Can the rich kaleidoscope of the good news of Jesus reveal new patterns which are life-changing in the 21st century? Is there an influencer we can trust to tell us the truth? Delight in us for who we are and help us build a community which values everyone?

A vibrant, sparkling show, packed full of entertaining stories and comedy that connect with hopes and fears today.

 

Saturday 26 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £8 | £6 Concessions
Box Office: 01904 613000, in person at Friargate Theatre, or online: Book Now

We have closed our box office for the Clifton Parish Church performance to avoid tickets being sold without their knowledge over the weekend,  but there will be plenty of tickets available to buy on the door for that show.
Please note the Clifton performance will begin at 19:00.

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs.

Right Here Right Now: October

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions.

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s weekend. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

So join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 25 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or online

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs