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)

The Kaleidoscope Tour

Dynamic, sharp theatre with a new twist…

Touring 14 September – 31 October 2019 – Booking Now!

The Kaleidoscope Tour is built for you and your community – let us know how we can help you to best serve those in your area. If you are familiar with our previous Roughshod companies this tour works along the same lines but aims to be even more flexible to your needs. We can offer:

Colourful Performances…

There are performances of almost any length (up to 90 minutes) available for schools and youth clubs, assemblies and church services, prisons and colleges with storytelling and comic sketches to challenge and delight. There is also a brand new full length show ‘Breaking Ground’ available.

Brilliant Sessions in Schools…

We can offer sessions in both primary and secondary schools. A range of performances, lessons, and workshops on a range of up to the minute topics, including social media influencing, violence, image awareness, and transitions from primary school.

Light in Local Prisons…

We have illuminating performances and workshops shaped for the needs of prisoners, and a brand new show written specially for prisons too.

Connecting with Your Events…

Do you have events you’d like the team to be present at? Or an event you need help preparing for? Maybe you think a bit of street theatre would really liven up a fundraiser, or have a special service that could use some thought-provoking sketches to bring out the message. Maybe your own drama group could use a workshop ahead of their big performance. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Kaleidoscope will be as flexible as possible – you can book it for an evening performance, a day of workshops, a few days, a week, or even longer – whatever you and your community need. The tour will be on the road from the 14th September till the 31st October. Prices for the work will vary, starting from £500.00 +VAT for a single night’s performance, and it would be on a sliding scale from there. We never want cost to be a barrier to people if they want their community to access our work, so if you would value a conversation about the cost please do let us know.

BOOKING NOW – Contact us on esther@rltc.org or 01904 655317 today!

All’s Well That Ends Well- Production Pictures

All’s Well has begun and the production has been delighting audiences with its wit and hilarity. The production pictures, courtesy of Tom Jackson, are too beautiful not to share with you. Here are some of our favourites:

 

York International Shakespeare Festival at Friargate Theatre

Friargate will be hosting a number of plays during the York International Shakespeare Festival including our own All’s Well That Ends Well!

More details about each play can be found on their respective pages, but we thought a handy timetable might help with booking tickets throughout the ten days.

  9 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May
11am

        All’s Well
2pm

  FEAST FEAST    
5pm

  FEAST      
8pm All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

All’s Well All’s Well

 

  15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May
11am   Hamlet

   
2pm All’s Well Hamlet

   
5pm

 

All’s Well All’s Well
8pm Hamlet All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

 

 

 

Just Don’t Do It

It’s 1999 at Christian summer camp and enthusiastic youth leaders Trish and Tash are giving their top tips for ‘saving yourself until marriage’ to the teenage girls. No tempting the boys with inappropriate clothing, ‘safe’ dance moves and valuing virginity above all else is a script they know well, and one which Tash can deliver with personal zeal. Trish, however, is not so convinced. When she starts to rebel, Tash’s repressive tactics go into overdrive and the ground opens up beneath them. Literally. It will take an epic journey into a mythical realm, a surprising spiritual encounter and some singing vulva (puppets!) to reconsider everything they thought they knew about sex, faith and friendship.

Based on the performers’ personal experiences, American purity culture and an ancient matriarchal myth Just Don’t Do It is a ‘bonkers yet touching’ (***** Explore Reading) clown theatre debut from Beside Ourselves Collective.

Following the performance, Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce of the University of York will chair a Q&A discussion.

Written and devised by Beside Ourselves Collective

Directed by Deanna Fleysher

7 June 7.30pm
Ticket prices: £10 full, £8 conc

01904 613000 or Book Online

Part of the York Festival of Ideas

All’s Well That Ends Well

it’s a class act – in love, sex and war

Everyone is treating everyone else remarkably badly – so sisters are doing it for themselves, in Shakespeare’s surprisingly socially aware comedy for 1603.  As long as some of it is kept in the dark.

 

 

Two teenagers make their way in a dangerous world of pointless conflicts, capricious leaders, outbursts of intense continental emotion… and singing.  He’s in the limelight, she’s in the shadows, one of them is desperately in love.

 

In the spirit of this International Festival, Riding Lights invites you to spend a jolly evening with them over in France, as they streamline All’s Well into a sharp 90 minutes of breathless trips across Europe, chasing true love, honour, Italian girls and solutions to a couple of frankly impossible tasks.

 

Directed by Paul Burbridge 
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

 

Friargate Theatre, York   May 9 – 19
Tickets: £10 / £8
01904 613000 or Book online below by clicking on the performance time

 

Date Time
Thursday 9th 8pm
Friday 10th 8pm
Saturday 11th 8pm
Monday 13th- BSL interpreted 8pm
Tuesday 14th 11am // 8pm
Wednesday 15th 2pm
Thursday 16th 8pm
Friday 17th 8pm
Saturday 18th 5pm // 8pm
Sunday 19th 5pm

 

Want to find out more about what else Friargate is hosting during the festival? Click here for the timetable of performances.

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Easter Resources for 2019

Add Drama to Easter is a delightful follow-on from our successful Christmas resource, Add Drama to Christmas (do you sense a theme?)! This new downloadable resource has ten classic Riding Lights sketches which spotlight significant personal encounters with the world-turned-upside-down story of Easter… encounters with Jesus that were life-changing.

These sketches have different styles and energy – they are moving, punchy, sometimes humorous and give a few unexpected perspectives on the familiar gospel events…

A tax-collector dishes out generous rebates, the owner of the Palm Sunday donkey feels somehow complicit in Jesus’s death, Barabbas watches a man die on a cross that was made for him, a thief finds the doors to Paradise unlocked, a private investigator is challenged to locate a missing corpse, daffodils discuss the likelihood of life after death…

All these pieces are tried, tested and easy to stage with a few enthusiastic actors and readers. Some have appeared in print before and have been updated, others are released here for the first time.


Keep watching for more collections of sketches to be made available in the coming months.

Get our Easter resources from the shop…

Summer Theatre School 2019 Book Now