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

Date Venue  Tickets  How to Book
13 Sept – 18:30 Pay as you feel For more information
07594 334218
21 Sept – 19:30 £8 (£5 concession) 01527 850130
25 Sept – 19:30 Swansea Prison Fellowship,
Conference Hall Bible College of Wales,
Derwen Fawr Road, Swansea, SA2 8EB
Free For more information
07758 561524
27 Sept- 19:30 Sheffield Local Theatre, 24-26 Snig Hill, Sheffield, S3 8NB £8 (£5 concession)
+ booking fee
Coming Soon
2 Oct – 19:30 St Luke’s Church, Claremont St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AH Free- donations welcome For more information

0191 340 8812

5 Oct – 19:30 The Gateway Church, St Paul’s Centre, George Street, Wellington Quay, Wallsend, NE28 6SL Free – ticket required 07596 823 577
9 Oct – 19:00 Carmyle Parish Church, 155 Carmyle Avenue, Gasglow, G32 8DP £6 07546 188993
12 Oct – 19:00 Brucefield Church of Scotland, Whitburn, EH47 0RD £10 (£5 concession) 07843 768651
24 Oct St Paul’s Church, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0HH £5 0191 5237884
26 Oct- 19:30 Friargate Theatre, York Coming soon
27 Oct – 19:00 Clifton Parish Church, York Coming soon
2 Nov – 19:30 Caldbeck Village Hall, Mardale, CA7 8EU £6.50 (18 & under £4) 01697 78426

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.

Thursday 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 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: 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

Walking to Jerusalem

Passion Pit Theatre, in association with Amos Trust and Hodder & Stoughton, presents WALKING TO JERUSALEM: Blisters, hope and other facts on the ground.

2017 marked three major anniversaries in the Palestinian struggle: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fiftieth year of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza. To change the record after a century of injustice, a pilgrimage set out to walk from London to Jerusalem – in penance, solidarity, and hope. This was the inspiration of award-winning playwright, actor, and musician Justin Butcher (Scaramouche JonesThe Madness of George DubyaThe Devil’s Passion), who worked with human rights charity Amos Trust to mount the ‘Just Walk to Jerusalem’.

Calling for equal rights for all in the Holy Land, more than one hundred walkers took part. Only nine walked the whole way.

This is their story – walking journals and travellers’ tales on paths of pilgrimage and conquest, from monasteries and mountain passes to Bedouin camps and desert wadis across Europe and the Middle East — brought to life in a playful and inventive blend of theatre and stand-up directed by acclaimed theatre maker Matilda Reith (DanielGroundedRemains of the Day), with a haunting and evocative soundscape by Jack C. Arnold (Wild RoseWar & PeaceHoly Flying CircusAlbatross) and video montage created from live footage along the route, by award-winning artist Damian Hale (Sigur Ros, Chemical Brothers, U2).

Along Roman roads and refugee routes, with occasional outbreaks of blisters, tear gas and desert spirituality, virtuoso storyteller Justin Butcher traces the perils, pratfalls and marvels of the path to Jerusalem. A chronicle of serendipity: happenstances hilarious, infuriating and occasionally numinous – or, as pilgrims might say, encounters with the Divine.

“So impressive… interweaving face-to-face experiences and political realities, displays the kind of unusual empathy essential in that tangled and tragic situation.” Brian Eno — Artist & Musician

Image courtesy of Mark Kensett

 

Thursday 24 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £15 | £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

Right Here Right Now: September

“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 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 20 September
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

Kaleidoscope Organisers Page

Welcome wonderful organisers! Thank you for all your help in making Riding Lights’ work possible.

This section of the website is designed to provide you with lots of extra information, tools and goodies to help you promote your performance and/or events. Don’t forget, we’re always on the end of the phone (01904 655317) if you have any questions or need any help to advertise the show.

On this page you can find:

  • Booking Forms
  • poster / flyer graphics
  • blurb about BREAKING GROUND (the full 90 minute show)

Booking Forms for a performance

Once you have confirmed the dates, space, and fee with the office, your next step is filling in the forms linked here. You should have received your booking pack and contract by post. Your booking pack will help you in filling these in. Of course, give us a call if you have any trouble or if you would prefer a paper copy.

Publicity Materials Form. Your booking fee includes print material such as posters and flyers, and this form is how we know what to put on those posters and how many  you’d like. NB: We cannot create or send you posters or flyers until you have returned this form! Recommend this one being done first.

Performance Booking Form– All the information we need to give to the actors about when and where the performance is, and who will be their point of contact.

Venue Questionnaire. This form will help us to get an idea for your space – the dimensions of the performance area and height clearance, things to be wary of when we arrive at the venue, where we park, how to find you if SATNAV is insufficient… practical useful things!

Accommodation Form. As discussed in the booking process, we ask that overnight accommodation be provided for the travelling company – this is usually in the homes of local members of the community. They’ll each need a bedroom to themselves and access to a light breakfast in the morning. There are 3 actors needing accommodation, for a total of 3 travelling members of the company.

Resources

Powerpoint Slide Template

Performance Booking Pack

Ticket Template

Flyer Back and Front (Blank Version)