The Narrow Road

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a revival of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, during the season of Lent 2019.

Amid the heat and beauty of ancient Palestine, a man stands on a dusty road. An extraordinary journey will take place, retracing the footsteps of Jesus through a world of miracles and madness, violence and liberation. As the Narrow Road is walked, this turbulent world is turned upside down and its inhabitants confronted by an unexpected and surprising vision.

As we walk with these people to the cross and on into the challenge of a life beyond it, The Narrow Road asks each of us to review our understanding of our own faith in relation to that journey. There are pauses in the performance which give opportunities for personal reflection and worship.

Audience responses to the 2010 production:

“This was the most inspiring 90 minutes I’ve spent in a long time.”

“A packed hall, an amazing play and a wonderful preparation for Easter Day.”

“This was a truly extra-ordinary and life-changing event. It will have a deep and lasting effect on me.”

Tour Dates

DateVenue Tickets Book Online

Thursday 28th
March (7.30pm)

Mossley Parish Church,
Liverpool
FreeBook here

Friday 29th
March (7.30pm)

St Michael-le-
Belfrey, York
£10/ £8 Full-time EducationBook here

Saturday 30th
March (7.00pm)

St Paul’s Church, Ryphope £5
0191 523 7884

Wednesday 3rd April (7.30pm)

Chester
Cathedral
£10/ £5Book here

Thursday 4th
April (7.30pm)
West Bridgford Baptist
Church
£7.50 / £6
Concession
0115 981 0690

Book here

Friday 5th
April (7.30pm)
St Laurence
Church, Stroud
£10 /£5 under-18s in advance

£12/£5 on the
door
Book here

Saturday 6th
April (7.30pm)
St Thomas’
Church,
Beaconsfield
£12/£10/£80333 666 3366

Book here

Tuesday 9th
April

Hampstead
Parish Church
Admission free, Donations welcome

Wednesday 10th April (7.30pm)

St Andrew’s
Church,
Presteigne
£8Book here

Thursday 11th
April

St Martin’s
Church, Walsall
£801922 635217

Friday 12th
April (7.30pm)

St James’
Church,
Wetherby
£801937 584760

Saturday 13
April (7.30pm)

Beverley
Minster
£10 01482 868540

Sunday 14th
April (7pm)

St Luke’s
Church,
Newcastle
FreeNo need to
pre-book

Tuesday 16th
April

Leeds
Moortown
Baptist
£12/£10
concession
01132 693750

Wednesday 17th April
St Mary the
Virgin,
Eardisland,
Herefordshire
£10 /£5 Under 16s
01544 388157

Available from the village shop at the Dovecote
Thursday 18th
April (7.30pm)
West Wickham and
Shirley Baptist, Croydon
Free No need to
pre-book

Friday 19th
April
St Margaret’s Church,
Angmering
£801903 784459

Saturday 20th
April

Severn Valley
Benefice,
Highley
£8 / £601746 860230

If you would like to host a performance, as there are still some available dates, please get in touch with Bethan Gibb-Reid on touring@rltc.org or 01904 655317.

Into the Lab for 2019

Over the next few months Riding Lights are taking time to prepare our projects for 2019. We are heading into the ‘creative laboratory’ to plan, play and imagine what the next phase of the company’s work might look like.

We are excited about this chance to develop what we do, but that does mean that we will not be touring as many shows as usual for the first part of 2019.

Watch this space to find out more – or even better sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear about what’s happening.

On Tour…

But all this creative work doesn’t mean we won’t be performing. Our next national tour will be a revival of Paul Birch’s passion play The Narrow Road. Touring for Lent (25th March – 20th April), the play is a powerful piece of theatre which also includes space for reflection and corporate worship.

Booking is open now. Reserve a date by calling 01904 655317 or emailing Bethan on touring@rltc.org

Resources for Christmas and Easter.

What we do have available right now are resources for Christmas and Easter.

We’ve got Christmas scripts, a film of our play Crosslight, and even the materials to create your own instant Easter Play with The People’s Passion.

Find our more at ridinglights.org/resources/

Youth Theatre: Spring Applications Open

After a brilliant production of Murder By Poe from our Senior Youth Theatre, we’re delighted to say that Applications are now open for next term’s Youth Theatre.

The really exciting news, is that Acting Up! are expanding – in size and ambition!

This term, as well as welcoming new members, they will be trialling a new format. The first hour of each session will focus on our younger members as they learn new theatre skills through fun games, improvisation and exercises, discovering how to be an acting ensemble. The last hour will focus on the older age group as they take these same skills deeper and explore writing and devising new work… And there will be plenty of opportunities for joint-creativity, socialising and sharing work between these two sessions as all ages join together.

Our Seniors will be taking inspiration from great writers such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan-Doyle, and Douglas Adams as they devise and stage their very own Murder Mystery.

Meanwhile Juniors have a production term and will be staging a fantastic
adaptation of Oscar’s Wilde’s The Star-Child. (Performance dates are 4th and 5th of April 2019 – get them in the diary!)

You can find our more information on the Youth Theatre section of the website and apply online here.

Rox Papers & The Scissors

Want to change the world?

You have one vote. Use it wisely.

Democracy. It throws up all sorts of stuff.

Join us to watch Rox, Paper and The Scissors as they battle to become School President but find out the hard way that not all elections are fought fairly.

This is a fun, fast-paced and sometimes silly show about Democracy for 9+ year olds (ideal for Years 5, 6 and 7).

Come and see how we bring PHSCE/British Values to life. School bookings (25 tickets+) will qualify for a free one-hour workshop on the Rule of Law.

The performances are aimed at schools but open to everyone.

Friday 22 March: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 23 March: 2.00pm & 6.00pm

Tickets £10 per person
Box Office: 01904 613000 or   Book Now

Presented by Gone to the Dogs Productions Ltd. www.GttD.co.uk

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.

Christmas Resources for 2018

Want to get a bit of Christmas preparation crossed off the ‘to do’ list? We’ve got just the thing with our newly available selection of Christmas scripts for 2018.

These are nine classic Riding Lights sketches, plus three carol service templates, highlighting the Christmas story from various angles. They’re humorous, punchy and give a few unexpected perspectives on the familiar gospel events.

…What were Joseph’s feelings about Mary’s pregnancy? The Son of God escapes to Egypt as a refugee. A remarkable birth draws people of faith from other cultures. A Bethlehem innkeeper with a night to remember. Herald and guardian angels in overdrive…

All these pieces are tried, tested and easy to stage with a few enthusiastic actors and readers. What’s more, included with the download is the licence to perform each of the pieces.

Get our Christmas resources from the shop…

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
Thursday 22 November (7.30pm) Ray Presbyterian Church
Donations welcome
Box Office: 074915 7716
Please contact the venue for tickets
Friday 23 November (7.30pm) Holywood Baptist Church
N. Ireland, 
Donations welcome
Box Office: 028 9042 1519
Please contact the venue for tickets

Murder By Poe

A dark and dreadful night. A woman in white lost within a wood. And the only shelter is a house full of murderers.

Mixing funhouse tricks, Grand Guignol and a deadly game of cat and mouse, MURDER BY POE is a theatrical reimagining of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales of terror—”The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “William Wilson,” “The Purloined Letter,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

As each haunted figure tells a story of crime and mayhem, the woman must solve the puzzle of the house and the riddle of the man who ushers her into its mysteries.

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th December: 7.30pm

Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
Tickets: £8 & £6 (concessions)

Box Office: 01904 613000 or Book Now

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.

Coriolanus

York Shakespeare Project presents

A unique opportunity to see an all-female production of Shakespeare’s tale of power, politics and manipulation.

“Would you have me false to my nature?”
Caius Martius Coriolanus II.ii

Ancient Rome. The beginnings of the Roman Republic. Rome is in turmoil both in conflict with its warring neighbours but also within its own gates with its riotous citizens. Caius Martius, a soldier and military leader, is all set to become consul of Rome, but though he has the support of the Senate, he is hated by citizens and tribunes alike.

Who will rule, the people or the Senate? And what happens when a leader is betrayed by a city he has bled for? Is the system or the individual at fault?

This production asks the question: is it better to be true to yourself, or to compromise for the good of the state?

This will be play no.34 in York Shakespeare Project’s ambitious plan to stage all the bard’s plays by 2021.

28th, 29th, 30th November – 7.30.PM
and 1st December 2018 –  2.30.PM & 7.30.PM

Tickets: £14; concession £10
Box Office: 01904 613000 or Book Now

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 23 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

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