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.

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.


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

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.


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
Single tickets, along with day and weekend festival passes are available from

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:

Wednesday 10 October 6.30-7.30pm York Explore
Thursday 11 October 6-7pm Acomb Explore
Friday 12 October 11am-12noon Mobile Library
check 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

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