Roughshod On The Road: Maidenhead pt.2

We can never say no to food and we were each given an Easter egg from the team at Larchfield Community Centre. Thank you if you’re reading this!

Not content with spending just a week in Maidenhead, we were excited to be spending a further few days there before the Easter weekend. We had more fun working with primary and secondary school students and performing for adults and families in community centres, which provoked some wonderful reactions including people singing along with our rendition of Amazing Grace. On top of the schools and events of the previous week, we delivered a further 3 assemblies, 3 workshops and performed various extracts from our repertoire twice.

My personal highlight this week was performing The People’s Passion with our base churches in the Town Hall. The People’s Passion is an instant passion play, allowing groups to perform the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We used it as an act of worship as part of a Palm Sunday service. It was clear how moved people were by being able to picture the events in front of them. Everyone really enjoyed it and performing in a space that was the closest to a theatre we had experienced up to that point, was a bonus!

We have some exciting events lined up over the next couple of weeks which we are really looking forward to. But for now, the remainder of our Easter eggs and some rest calls!

Beth.

Roughshod On The Road: Maidenhead

Last Sunday we set off for our second stop of the tour – Maidenhead, where we’d be for 10 days!

Here’s a Roughshod selfie with Jeremy, Joan and Sally – the brilliant vicars from the 3 churches we were working with.

 

For the first week we were linked with 3 local churches and worked in 6 schools delivering in total 4 assemblies, 1 performance and 7 workshops. As well as the schools work, we performed/ worked with a group for adults with additional needs, a messy church event, a church breakfast event and performed our show ‘Deliver’ on the Saturday night.

It was a very busy week but filled with lots of new experiences for both the churches/schools and the roughshod team. A highlight for me (as well as being back near my home turf down south) was being able to make hundreds of children (plus their teachers) laugh and smile at the start of each day and having such a positive response from all the schools. It’s the first time that Roughshod has visited Maidenhead and it’s amazing to see the great impact that it’s made on all parts of the community!

Martha 🙂

Roughshod On The Road: Newcastle

Newcastle – our first stop as the Roughshod Deliver company. And what a week we had! By numbers: 1 church service, 1 ex-offenders meeting, 1 full show, 2 school assemblies (covering tiny tots to sixth-formers) and 9 hours of workshops, reaching over 700 people.

A highlight: We performed at a Junction 42 meeting for ex-offenders. We spent some time singing with everyone there – seriously, like nothing else! – and then we performed about 40 minutes of our sketches. During our finale of Amazing Grace the whole audience joined in – eclipsing us quite spectacularly. The sense of freedom in that room was almost tangible. One man had decided to follow Christ at last year’s Roughshod performance. It was humbling and edifying to find out what had happened in his life since then and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

It has been a great start to the tour, and hopefully the first of many action packed weeks. If you want to keep up with where we are and what we’re doing, why not give us a follow. We’re on facebook, twitter and instagram. We’ll have plenty more to shout about…

Cheers, Jared

Touring

Support needed for Acting Up!

We have recently learned that the Children In Need funding for Acting Up! has not been renewed.

Acting Up! is our Youth Theatre with extra provision for young people with additional needs and disabilities. We have an amazing group of young people and practitioners involved, and it provides a unique space for creativity in York. Therefore we are fighting to keep Acting Up! running, looking for extra funding and planning how we can keep it going. However it costs a little more to run than our other Youth Theatres, employing extra, specialist staff who make sure everyone who comes to the sessions is properly supported.

 

We’ve already raised a very generous £3000 at our Members’ Day at the start of March. This will help cover our costs and pay staff up until the Summer half term, giving us a vital buffer while we find an alternative source of funding for this unique Youth Theatre.

Can you help?

We’d like to raise more, making sure we can run Acting Up! for another year. Our target is £9000 to see us through to next February. We are pursuing various possibilities because Acting Up! is a hugely important and vulnerable part of the Riding Lights family.

Donate via Just Giving

Please help if you can. Small gifts add up surprisingly quickly and we are grateful for each one. If you would like more information, or would like to donate via another method other than Just Giving, give us a call on 01904 655317 or email info@rltc.org

Thank you!

The People’s Passion: Performances this Easter

There are a number of churches who are running a People’s Passion event this Easter.

A powerful piece of theatre and worship, The People’s Passion brings a whole congregation together to witness the events of Jesus’ last week.  There is a part for everyone and no rehearsal needed, so if you are near one of these events and would like to attend you would be very welcome.

Here’s a list of the performances we’re aware of…

People’s Passion: Public Performances

 

Date Venue More Info
Sunday 25th March
(9am & 10.45am)
Christchurch Ilkley
The Grove, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9LW
(01943) 603209
church website
Sunday 25th March
(6.00pm)
St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray
Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1AE
(01664) 503530
church website
Sunday 25th March
(6.30pm)
Springdale Methodist Church
Warstones Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 4LE
(1902) 330614
Sunday 25th March
(7.00pm)
Saltburn Learning Campus
Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn, TS12 1HJ
(01287) 639435
Thursday 29th March
(7.00pm)
St Andrew’s Church, York
Huntington Road, York, YO32 9PX
01904 768006
Friday 30th March
(2.00pm)
Christ Church Stannington
Church Street, Stannington, Sheffield, S6 6DB
church website
Friday 30th March
(4.00pm)
Trinity United Reformed Church, Wimbledon
Mansel Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4AA
church website
Sunday 1st April
(10.30am)
Park Road Baptist Church
Park Road, Rushden, NN10 0LH
07742190367
Sunday 1st April
(10.45am)
Bridge Baptist Church
Loushers Lane, Latchford, Warrington, WA4 2RP
(01925) 354545

Youth Theatre: Summer Applications Open

Applications are now open for the summer youth theatre courses. Below is a run down of what each group will be working on.

You can apply online, or by downloading an application form and sending it to Friargate Theatre. The deadline for applications id Monday 16th April.

JUNIOR YOUTH THEATRE
Pull The Strings

Sock, shadow, table top. Bring to life a wide variety of puppets with Junior Youth Theatre this term.

Have fun while you create characters, make your own puppet, and turn a mop into your Great Aunt Mildred. Discover what it takes to become an excellent puppeteer while developing your character building and storytelling skills. This term – you pull the strings!

16th April – 2nd July
(Except Bank Holidays – 7th May, half term – 28th May & 2nd July)

Cost: £80 (Bursaries are available, please ask)

 

SENIOR YOUTH THEATRE
Site Works

‘All the world’s a stage’
As You Like It. Act II Scene VII (Shakespeare)

This term will challenge you to create theatre in and for unconventional spaces. Inspired by work from site-specific theatre companies such as Coney, PunchDrunk, and Blast Theory, we will head out of the theatre to find our own stages. Throughout the sessions there will be opportunities to work with existing text, sharpen up your writing skills, and devise your own site works.

17th April – 26th June
(Except Half Term – 29th May)

Cost: £80 (Bursaries are available, please ask)

 

ACTING UP!
Weird World

What if… we are not alone? What if… you found you had a hidden power? What if the rest of the world became disabled…but you were not?

This term, building on last term’s work, we’ll be exploring some weird worlds from speculative fiction – HG Wells, John Wyndham, and many others – dramatising surprising short stories and working towards a scripted summer show to be performed on the 11th and 12th of July.

18th April – 27th June
(Except Half Term – 30th May)

Tech rehearsal: 10th July
Performance Dates: 11th – 12th July
Additional Saturday rehearsals TBC.

Cost: £70 (Bursaries are available, please ask)

Roughshod 2018

THEATRE · COMEDY · DRAMA · INSIGHT

Roughshod: Deliver

Five young people in search of their futures reveal some surprising stories of hope in their new faith-filled show for 2018.

A passenger on a train gets help from an unexpected stranger, a community is transformed by a shattering lesson, a small time crook gets an offer he can’t refuse…
Mixing comedy, dramatic storytelling, spoken word and the personal experience of the actors themselves, Riding Lights Roughshod deliver a show that asks: what happens when God intervenes in ordinary lives?

In an anxious world of mixed messages it can be hard to find truth among the headlines.

Join our five performers for an energetic, entertaining show about faith, hope and everything in between.

Touring 11th March – 28th July 2018
To churches, schools, arts centres, prisons and other communities round the UK.

Designed to perform just about anywhere, annually Roughshod reaches a live audience of around 20,000 adults and children. It has been acclaimed from Belfast to Brixton for creating powerful new pieces of theatre. Could Roughshod be perfect for your community in 2018?

The last few spaces in their schedule are still available.  Give us a call on 01904 655317 or email roughshod@rltc.org to find out more.

Tour Dates and Box Office

 

Date Venue Box Office
Wednesday 14th March (7.30pm) St Luke’s, Clairemont Street, Newcastle
NE2 4AH
Tickets: Free
0191 3408812
Saturday 24th March (7.30pm) St Luke’s Church, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead
SL6 7AX
Tickets: £5
01628 622733
Sunday 22nd April (6.00pm) Brucefield Church Of Scotland, 62 East Main Street
Whitburn, EH47 0RD
Tickets: £5
01501 748666
Friday 27th April (7.00pm) Kenmuir Mount Vernon Church Of Scotland
2404 London Road Mount Vernon, Glasgow, G32 9RW
Tickets: £5
0141 5730537
Saturday 28th April (7.30pm) Barclay Viewforth Church, Wright’s Houses, Bruntsfield
Edinburgh, EH10 4HR
Tickets: £5
0131 2296810

 

Introducing Roughshod 2018

Andrew, Beth, Esther, Jared and Martha, our new Roughshod Company are in rehearsal right now, preparing to deliver a fast paced mix of theatre, comedy and insight to the world.

Specifically they’ll be delivering in the following places…

Roughshod Bases 2018

11 March – 17 March Newcastle
18 March – 28 March Maidenhead

(Easter break)

15 April – 21 April Loreto College, Manchester
22 April – 29 April Scotland
29 April – 8 May N Ireland
9 May – 19 May York
23 May – 28 May Aylesbury
29 May – 3 June week tbc

3 June – 23 June Mini Tour (Dates still available)

24 June – 30 June Reigate
1 July – 7 July Saddleworth (tbc)
8 July – 14 July Sheffield
15 July – 21 July Newcastle

29 July – 6 August Summer Theatre School

In each of these communities Roughshod will be performing their new revue show ‘Deliver’ as well as taking workshops into schools, churches, community centres, prisons and more. If you’d like a peek into the rehearsal room and to keep up with everything Roughshod are doing we’d suggest liking their Facebook page or following them on Twitter or Instagram.

Is your area missing out?

We still have spaces on the mini-tour for one night Roughshod performances. Get in touch with Bethan on 01904 655317 and you could bring Roughshod to your community.

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.

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.

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 11 May
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