Right Here Right Now – December

“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.

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 21 December
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
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

Gospel Street: Tour Dates

Good News! We are excited to announce our performance dates for the tour of GOSPEL STREET this autumn.

It’s our second year touring this phenomenal show, and this time round the tour is even bigger with just under 40 performances between the 27th September and the 24th November. There are familiar venues and new ones, and we’re even getting over to Northern Ireland, following in the footsteps of this year’s Roughshod company.

We’re delighted to be back on the road, taking the dynamic and accessible version of the Gospel to communities round the UK. Using theatre, comedy and spoken word this is a breath-taking ride through all the important issues of life, death… and miraculous street food. All asking “what would you do if Jesus turned up on your street?”.

Want to find your nearest show? Just take a look at the map below…

Tour Dates

 

 

Date Venue  Tickets  Book Online
Friday 19 October (7.30pm) Didsbury Baptist
School Land and Beaver Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6SX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 20 October (6.30pm) St George’s Church, Poynton
Fountain Close, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1NH
website / map
£5 from any Poynton Church
or call: 01625 879277
Please contact the venue for tickets
Tuesday 23 October (7.00pm) Holy Trinity Church, Abergavenny
Baker St, Abergavenny NP7 5BH
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Wednesday 24 October (7.30pm) St Andrew’s and  St Teilo’s, Cardiff
Woodville Rd, Cardiff CF24 4DX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 25 October (7.30pm) St Peter’s Church, Lords Meade
Lords Mead, Chippenham SN14 0LL
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 26 October (7.30pm) St Michael’s, Stoke Gifford
The Green, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8PD
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 27 October (7.30pm) St Andrew’s, Caversham
Albert Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7PL
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Sunday 28 October (7.30pm) St Barnabas, Horton-cum-Studley
2 Ventfield Close, Horton-cum-Studley,
Oxford OX33 1AN
map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 1 November (7.30pm) St Asaph Cathedral, Wales
25 High Street, Saint Asaph, LL17 0RD
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 2 November (7.30pm) Friargate Theatre
Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 3 November (7.30pm) Friargate Theatre
Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
website / map
£10 / (£8 concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Sunday 4 November (6.45pm) St Luke’s Newcastle
Claremont Street, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE2 4AH
website / map
Admission Free (donations welcome)
Info: 0191 340 8812
Please contact the venue for tickets
Tuesday 6 November (7.30pm) Buxton Methodist Church
Chapel Street, Buxton, SK17 6HX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Wednesday 7 November (7.30pm) Warwick Road URC, Coventry
10 Warwick Road, Coventry CV1 1EX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 8 November (7.30pm) St Mildred’s, Croydon
30 Bingham Road, Croydon CR0 7EB
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 9 November (tbc) Gillingham Methodist Church
100 Third Avenue, Gillingham ME7 2LU
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 10 November (7.30pm) The Charis Centre, Bishop’s Stortford
Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2JZ
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Tuesday 13 November (7.30pm) Verwood Methodist Church
Verwood, Dorset, BH31 6DR
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Wednesday 14 November (7.30pm) Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne
7 Eldon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1UE
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 15 November (7.30pm) St Nicolas Church, Newbury
West Mills, Newbury, RG14 5HG
website / map
£10
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 16 November (7.30pm) St Saviour Battersea Park
351 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London SW11 4LH
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 17 November (7.00pm) Bulwell United Reformed Church
Broomhill Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9GJ
website / map
£5
Box Office: 07773 335443
Please contact the venue for tickets
Wednesday 21 November (7.30pm) Donemana Presbyterian Church
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 22 November (7.30pm) Ray Presbyterian Church, Donegal
Donations welcome
Box Office:
Please contact the venue for tickets
Friday 23 November (7.30pm) Holywood Baptist Church
N. Ireland, 
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000

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 23 November
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
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

Roughshod On The Road: Newcastle and Summer School

Our final base of the tour was going back to St. Luke’s and Junction 42 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

It was fantastic to catch up with so many of the friends we’d made back in March, and tell them some of the stories of what we’d gotten up to on tour. We worked in Churches, Schools, Prisons, Young Offenders Institutions, and Community Projects, meeting people from all across the Newcastle area and it was such a joy for us to see all the ways that God is moving in the North East.

After Newcastle we headed back to York to get ready for Summer School. We all had a different course to stage manage and lots of little performances and jobs to do so it was a very busy week! But it was lovely to spend time with the Summer School community, and we had so much fun getting to know and work with them all. Our last stop on tour was Scargill Retreat Centre which was a wonderful, friendly audience for our final show.

And then… we were done and the whirlwind of tour was over. All of us are now heading our separate ways to find out what God has planned for us next.

Roughshod has been an awesome adventure and non of it would have happened without the amazing generosity of every community and church which has hosted us over the past seven months. So it seems only right to sign off with a massive thank you to all of them, and to all of you, for the brilliant support you’ve given Roughshod 2018.

Esther

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a major UK and international film festival. It is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform to champion short film internationally.

The festival holds talent development at its core and leaves a lasting legacy by inspiring innovation in film. Its seventh edition runs over an unprecedented five day period, providing even more opportunities for talent development, networking and inspirational film viewing.­

You can find out more about the festival at asff.co.uk/asff2018
Single tickets, along with day and weekend festival passes are available from asff.co.uk/tickets

For more information about Friargate Theatre call 01904 655317.

Surprise Ending (York Big City Read)

by Bridget Foreman
for York Explore and The Big City Read 2018

Everything in Eric’s life seems to be shrinking. His trousers are getting tighter, he’s being moved to a flat with no garden, and he’s had to get a smaller TV. Even Kit Kats have been re-sized.

The only thing that’s getting bigger is his granddaughter, Smidge, with her life full of things he barely understands: technology, kick-boxing and Minecraft.

Then one night, everything changes for Smidge, and a trip to the library expands Eric’s universe into a whole new dimension. Playwright Bridget Foreman has written Surprise Ending which will be performed by York-based Riding Lights Theatre Company in all of our libraries and at surprise locations all over the city. Surprise Ending is a fun, light-hearted short play which will make you think about reading in a completely different way.

Take a look at the programme below to find out where your nearest performance is, book a ticket and come along, it would be rude not to!

Tickets are £2.50 and can be booked through the York Explore website.

Tour Dates:

DATE TIME VENUE
Wednesday 10 October 6.30-7.30pm York Explore
Thursday 11 October 6-7pm Acomb Explore
Friday 12 October 11am-12noon Mobile Library
check www.yorkexplore.org for the venue
Friday 12 October 2-3pm Tang Hall Explore
Saturday 13 October 2.30-4pm York Explore
Saturday 13 October 7.30-9.30pm Friargate Theatre
plus Q&A with the playwright Bridget Foreman
Monday 15 October 2-3pm Delwood House, Fulford
Monday 15 October 7-8pm Dringhouses Library
Tuesday 16 October 3-4pm Rowntree Park Reading Cafe
Wednesday 17 October 2.30-3.30pm Haxby Explore at Wigginton Recreation Hall
Wednesday 17 October 6.30-7.30pm City Mills, Skeldergate
Thursday 18 October 2-3pm Foxwood Community Centre
Thursday 18 October 6-7pm Clifton Explore
Saturday 20 October 2-3pm New Earswick Library
Monday 22 October 2-3pm Honeysuckle House, Dringhouses
Tuesday 23 October 2-3pm Dunnington Library
Wednesday 24 October 2-3pm The Glebe, Dunnington
Thursday 25 October 2-3pm Copmanthorpe Library
Thursday 25 October 7-8pm Bishopthorpe Library
Friday 26 October 2.15-3.15pm Strensall Library
Friday 26 October 6.30-7.30pm Fulford Library
Monday 29 October 2.30-3.30pm Huntington Library
Monday 29 October 6.30-7.30pm Glen Lodge, Heworth
Tuesday 30 October 6.30-7.30pm Poppleton Library

Gospel Street

…it’s good news

People are out on the street.

Another generation is looking for answers – a rich young executive, an angry gang leader, religious fanatics streaming live, baristas, professors, YouTubers, activists, a surprising refugee and the pizza delivery bloke who bought some seriously expensive jewellery.

Despite their differences and social divisions, everyone wants to meet one extraordinary person: Jesus has arrived on their street. There’s always trouble on the street and he’s looking to do something about it…

GOSPEL STREET is a powerful mix of theatre, comedy and spoken word – a breath-taking ride through all the important issues of life, death… and miraculous street food. Good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November: 7.30pm
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL

£10 / £8 (concessions)
01904 613000 or book online:  Friday / Saturday

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, Write Now (Big City Read edition)

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

York’s regular comedy improv night returns and this time we’re lost in a good book.

There’s no script, no safety net, and a lot of laughs as our intrepid actors skip the page and take to the stage, making it all up on the spot.
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 and it’s fit for family audiences.

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 26 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or  Book 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

Colder Than Here

Colder Than Here

by Laura Wade

Directed by Louise Larkinson
Produced by Wildgoose Theatre

Death is the ultimate fact of life, but in an age when many of us might prefer to see death as an optional extra, Laura Wade’s play, ‘Colder Than Here’, is a timely wake up call.
Wife and mother of two, Myra, has no choice but to face this fact. She is suffering with terminal bone cancer. She is determined to die on her own terms, so pathos is to be expected – though you might not expect a play about a painful death, to be so funny.

In the same way that Myra has organised her life, so she organises her death – checking out potential burial plots and making funeral plans. As she points out: “You have to find things to do. When you’re off work with dying.”

Meanwhile, Myra’s husband, Alec, is struggling to get the boiler fixed, “I can’t really do problems”, and her daughters, Harriet and Jenna, are dealing with their mother’s illness in very different ways – but have their own issues to confront. This is a family which has never had, and may never acquire, “this fully-functioning- Talking thing.”

‘Colder Than Here’ is an unsentimental play of love, death and grief, which ‘balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.’ It is about control, cardboard coffins and woodland burials. It’s about a family’s preparation for the inevitable and the conversations which many of us dread.

‘Colder Than Here’ was first performed at London’s Soho Theatre in 2005 and this production from Wildgoose Theatre, marks its premiere performance in York.

Praise for Wildgoose Theatre:
“Wildgoose are one of York’s theatrical gems, quietly going about the business of making high quality theatre with local ingredients.”
(Charles Hutchinson, York Press)

 

Times and Tickets:

Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th October at 7:30pm
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 (Full price) / £10 (Concessions) – Over 60s, Unwaged, Full Time Education
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.

An amateur production by permission of Samuel French Ltd

 

Surprise Ending (plus Q&A with Bridget Foreman)

by Bridget Foreman
for York Explore and The Big City Read 2018

Everything in Eric’s life seems to be shrinking. His trousers are getting tighter, he’s being moved to a flat with no garden, and he’s had to get a smaller TV. Even Kit Kats have been re-sized.

The only thing that’s getting bigger is his granddaughter, Smidge, with her life full of things he barely understands: technology, kick-boxing and Minecraft.

Then one night, everything changes for Smidge, and a trip to the library expands Eric’s universe into a whole new dimension. Playwright Bridget Foreman has written Surprise Ending which will be performed by York-based Riding Lights Theatre Company in all of our libraries and at surprise locations all over the city. Surprise Ending is a fun, light-hearted short play which will make you think about reading in a completely different way.

Take a look at the programme below to find out where your nearest performance is, book a ticket for only £2.50 and come along, it would be rude not to!

 

Performance of Surprise Ending
followed by a Q and A with the playwright, Bridget Foreman

Saturday 13 October
7.30pm – 9.30pm

Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
01904 613000