Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet

FIZZY FINN FINDS HIS FEET – a play for all children, especially those who found lockdown made them feel stressed and anxious.

Finn is a fidget. His brain ablaze with an unbreakable buzz that fizzes to his fingers and tickles his toes…or it would do if he could only find his feet.  ‘The problem is that I can feel it. Electricity ripples like thunder in my chest and lightning in my brain. I can’t escape. It’s after me and if you don’t get out the way it’ll zap you too!’

Aware that many young children have found the recent lockdowns and absences from friends and family very stressful, causing anxieties which they find hard to articulate, we have commissioned a new play from Jon Boustead, who adapted The Selfish Giant, to address some of these problems in a gentle, fun way.   Through the character of Finn and his discovery of a curious cobbler and her amazing shoe shop, we jump into this tale of bravery, fear and finding your feet in the world. 

Exploring the big things troubling young minds today, join Finn this Christmas, as he embarks on an unforgettable adventure, with its magical blend of playful storytelling, original music and creative puppetry. Fasten your laces! Tie them up nice and tight, because something tells me you’re in for a treat! 

Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet will be available to stream in November and December (or for live performance if you’re within range of a day return journey from York). It comes with additional classroom materials, giving teachers resources to help children engage more deeply with the issues raised through this delightful, interactive show. 

To express interest, please contact Chloe Oldroyd on 01904 655317 or email Chloe@rltc.org 

 

Watch The Selfish Giant at Home

Rent The Selfish Giant for a week for just £7!

The Giant is angry. He’s been away for a long time and returns to find children – children! – playing 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 its grip ever be broken?

Right Here Right Now: August

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

York’s own comedy improv night is back in the building with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions. Join us, streaming live from Friargate Theatre as part of our Summer Theatre School – direct to the comfort of your own home!

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

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

3 AUGUST 2021
8pm

Household Tickets from £5
Box Office: Book Online or call 01904 613000

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

 

Shakespeare’s PERICLES, Prince of Tyre

In a stunning, stripped-back version of a rarely performed adventure, Pericles is reborn, full of passion and laced with comedy.  Brilliantly designed, brought to life and shot in an innovative theatre-on-film style born out of the necessities of our times. Catch this astonishing 80 minutes of highly accessible story-telling : Pericles as you’ve never seen it before.

Riding Lights, a York company with a reputation for breathing fresh energy into Shakespeare’s later comedies, has clearly been on a creative voyage themselves to deliver this captivating re-telling.

‘Such a good play – so many strong themes told as a series of intimate human stories. A great achievement.’  York International Shakespeare Festival 2021.

 

by William Shakespeare
with additional material by Nigel Forde
Directed by Paul Burbridge
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

Approx 80 mins runtime

Tickets available now

Household Tickets: £12.50
2 weeks streaming access period through Vimeo and Youtube


Book now

Right Here Right Now: May

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

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions- this time, on Zoom!

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

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 21 May
7.30pm

Household Tickets from £5
Box Office: Book Online or call 01904 613000

Breaking Day – Church Resources

Hello church organisers!

Here you’ll find images and copy to help you tell your community about Breaking Day.

Breaking Day Film

Here it is on the Riding Lights YouTube. You may share this link directly with your community.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Nb3Go-0GA

Here it is on our Vimeo. This is meant ONLY for churches planning to download the video and add to your own platform as an unlisted video.
https://vimeo.com/524145329/0d16f33d95

The film in three parts will appear here on 17 March.

Breaking Day Reflections
Optional prayers to use during the screening.
2021 Breaking Day prayer material

Please click the link and wait for a box to open. Click Open or Save.

Breaking Day Programme

Breaking Day programme

Breaking Day Images (variety of sizes including for social media)

Graphics– ZIP File

Please click the link and wait for a box to open. Click Save. They’ll be in your Downloads folder, where you can extract the contents and save to your computer.

Breaking Day Copy

Full copy:

As day begins to break on Good Friday, the occupying Governor’s tenuous grip on authority is slipping. It’s festival time in Jerusalem but his wife is plagued with disturbing dreams. Amid the demands of the Sanhedrin and the murderous cries of the mob, the lines between personal and political in Pilate’s house start to blur.  The teacher at the centre of it all remains silent.

Confused by the hopes and fears of her people, a Jewish servant in the Praetorium, clearly knows more than she should. Pilate wrestles with a quandary of his own devising while outside momentum is gathering – the power of the Capitol in tension with the will of the people. 

With stark intimacy, Breaking Day casts a surprising light on the death of Jesus from inside the Governor’s household, immersing us in the decisions that led to crucifixion. Filmed remotely in an innovative lockdown style, Breaking Day is a virtual passion play for Easter 2021.

[ADD CHURCH DETAILS HERE – include date/time of access, sign-up process, and your church contact information.]

 

Short copy (suitable for social media):

As day begins to break on Good Friday, the occupying Governor’s tenuous grip on authority is slipping. It’s festival time in Jerusalem but his wife is plagued with disturbing dreams and his Jewish servant clearly knows more than she should. Between the demands of the Sanhedrin and the murderous cries of the mob, the lines between personal and political in Pilate’s house begin to blur.  The power of the Capitol stands in tension with the will of the people, but the teacher at the centre of it all remains silent.

Filmed remotely in lockdown, Breaking Day is an innovative passion play for Easter 2021, immersing us with stark intimacy in decisions that led to crucifixion.

[ADD CHURCH DETAILS HERE – include date/time of access, sign-up process, and your church contact information.]

Trailer

https://youtu.be/XPJ4BlDgTkc

If you wish to embed the video on your church website, here is the embed code:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/XPJ4BlDgTkc” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Social Media

Here are links to Riding Lights’ posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your church platforms to use and share:

Post with Trailer

https://www.facebook.com/ridinglights/posts/10159500022881019
https://twitter.com/ridinglights/status/1366342702321836033
https://www.instagram.com/p/CL34N_cHTEL/

 

Breaking Day Trailer

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Find out about Breaking Day for your Church

Church FAQs

When will the play be available?

The licence allows the performance to be streamed at any time between 15 March and 15 April 2021.

How does the licence work?

Riding Lights has a sliding scale for individual churches based on their regular size. Once purchased, you may share the performance as widely as you like, adhering to the licence terms. You may invite others outside your church to watch it as outreach, or offer it to your church family to enjoy together as part of your Easter celebrations. You may offer it for free, or sell tickets (see tickets question below).

Who is ‘Breaking Day’ suitable for?

It is a play for adults and has a guidance rating of 11+.  Under 16s should watch it with an adult.

How will we share the play with our community?

You will be able to add it as an unlisted video to your church YouTube channel. This means it won’t appear publicly on your YouTube channel, but can be accessed using the direct URL link.

To encourage that sense of participating together, we recommend you set a time to watch it together (with the option for people to catch-up afterwards), but you may also offer it for people to watch in their own time.

Alternatively, you can share the film on the Riding Lights YouTube channel if you don’t have your own.

To comply with the requirements of the licence and protect the intellectual property rights of Riding Lights it must be an unlisted video. After 15 April the video should be removed from your platform.

Can church members share the link?

Yes. Churches are asked to keep some kind of record of how widely their unlisted link is shared by a simple sign up form, if sharing outside of the regular mailing list.

Can we intersperse with reflections or prayers?

Yes.  Riding Lights will provide short reflections for a member of your community to lead before, after and in between the acts. If you would like to use these, the film will be provided to download in three parts with instructions about how to insert your reflections to make one video file, which can then be used online or at in person screenings under the same conditions outlined above. Do take into account that this will make the run time of the play longer.

Can I share it via Zoom?

The licence allows you to watch it together on Zoom or other video calling software, but not through screen sharing. This is to ensure the best possible quality depending on local connectivity.

You can send the link to everyone in advance of the video call, asking them to open it in a web browser to begin watching at the same time. Your group can then watch it all the way through, coming back to the Zoom at the end, or pausing at the end of each act to take part in a reflection on the Zoom call. They can stay on Zoom whilst watching the play but everyone should be muted.

How do we manage the reflections on Zoom?

The breaks between acts will be marked with a few seconds of blank screen. We will provide the length of each act in the YouTube description so your viewers know when to pause their viewing if returning to a Zoom for a reflection.

Viewers will finish each section at slightly different times. You can ask the group to turn their cameras off while watching, then put them back on to signify when they have finished a section. Alternatively the group might use a reaction button to indicate they’ve finished, or write in the chat.

The person leading the reflection can use this indication to know when to unmute themselves and begin. This will ensure that those still watching are not disturbed by people beginning to talk on the Zoom.

What if I have a technical problem?

Please test access to the film in advance during our company office hours (Monday to Friday 10.30 -4.30pm) to allow time to rectify any problems or issues before you wish to use the links, particularly if you are using them on a weekend.

An emergency number will be supplied if there are problems on the day but we are a small team and cannot guarantee instant help, particularly on Good Friday when most churches will be accessing the film. Please help us minimise these technical issues by doing a test run in advance.

What happens if my in-person screenings are cancelled due to a change in government guidelines?

Please contact Riding Lights as soon as you can. We can help you transfer the event into an online screening or extend the licence terms to allow for a postponement.

I want to sell tickets. How does that work?

Standard ticket price is £10 per household for access over the licence period. Any variance in this pricing must be agreed with Riding Lights.

The church will be responsible for their own box office arrangements. The church will keep 100% of the ticket income up to the equivalent of the booking fee. Any additional income will be split 40:60 between the church and Riding Lights.

It is the responsibility of the venue to run a box office, keep accurate records, and report ticket sales to Riding Lights. On receipt of accurate box office records, Riding Lights will invoice the venue for 60% of the profit.

Can you help with marketing?

Riding Lights will provide images, a trailer, and a description for church notices, as well as a simple press release for your local press. There will also be a programme for people attending your screening.

We also encourage you to share any of the company’s social media posts in connection with ‘Breaking Day’.

Can I see a preview?

We are unable to arrange free previews. It would be normal for film companies to complete their work many months before distribution. The constraints of the pandemic mean that our filming timeline has been very short indeed so the work will not be available to watch until 15 March. When we tour a play we often provide a trailer to give a flavour of the whole piece. This is very similar even though it’s a filmed play rather than a live performance. We will release a trailer in the first week of March.

Once you have ordered the film, you will be able to see it from 15 March.

summer theatre school

Right Here Right Now: April

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

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions- this time, on Zoom!

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

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!

Household Tickets from £5
Box Office: Book Online or call 01904 613000