Announcing… The Big Yorkshire Youth Theatre Festival

We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with York Theatre Royal for the Big Yorkshire Youth Theatre Festival in 2018. Taking place on the weekend of July 21st and 22nd, get the date in your diary!

It promises to be brilliant weekend packed with workshops, performances and a chance to meet other youth theatres in Yorkshire. There will also be opportunities to bring a short performance too.

A one day pass for either the Saturday or Sunday costs £20 or £30 to take part in the whole weekend.

We’ll have more information soon, but in the meantime you can email kate.veysey@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk  and we’ll add you to the mailing list and let you know when booking opens.

Faith In The Questions

Riding Lights Theatre Company and Scientists in Congregations present

Faith In The Questions

Counting The Clouds a new one act play by Nigel Forde


Followed by conversation with leading scientists

 

A respected scientist and a christian, Job’s work is wrestling with the unpredictable as well as predictable structure of the universe. Is God really in control?

When his personal world is shaken to the core, how can Job re-assemble the pieces of the puzzle – professionally and spiritually?

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask?

One of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Come and raise your questions…

Touring: January – February 2018
For more information call Bethan on 01904 655317 or email bethan@rltc.org

 

Faith in the Questions was original performed in York at St Michael Le Belfrey Church as part of the York Festival Of Ideas.

Gospel Street: Production Photos

Last night we had a fantastic preview of GOSPEL STREET in York and the cast are now on the road heading for their first show up in Edinburgh.

Dynamic and powerful, the show takes stories from the four gospels and drops them onto a modern day street. It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Want a taste? Here’s a few photos from the dress rehearsal taken by Tom Jackson

Gospel Street is touring until the end of November. You can find your nearest Gospel Street performance here.

The People’s Passion – now available

We are very pleased to announce that next week The People’s Passion is now available to download!

A powerful piece of theatre and worship, The People’s Passion brings together a whole congregation to witness the events of Jesus’ last week. There are parts to play for groups and parts for individuals, music to underscore the text and moments of reflection. Riding Lights provides the script, you provide the cast.

This is an instant passion play which any church can create, bringing people together to tell the Easter story, with just a little preparation and no rehearsal.

The resources include:

  • Organisers Handbook with full instructions for creating the event
  • Full script & licence to perform The People’s Passion
  • Powerpoint slides of the script
  • Music underscore
  • Artwork for publicity

The People’s Passion will also soon be available as a hard copy, including a printed guide and memory stick that holds all of the digital resources. The download costs £40. The hard copy version will incur a charge for postage and packing.

The People’s Passion is a great way to gather your community together for a unique experience of the Easter story. Riding Lights has performed The People’s Passion at our annual Summer Theatre School, at Spring Harvest, and with a smaller group of about 20 people at Friargate Theatre. It works equally well with different numbers of people.

You can find out more at ridinglights.org/peoples-passion.

Gospel Street: Tour dates online

The first tour dates are now on the website for GOSPEL STREET.

Take a look, and if you spot a performance near you please help spread the word!

Tell your church and invite your friends, GOSPEL STREET is a bold modern day telling of the gospel and we’re particularly keen for the show to encourage young people or those exploring faith.

If you think GOSPEL STREET could be perfect for your community, we still have a few performance dates available to book, including:

  • 22 October – 26 October (SE or SW England)
  • 29 October – 2 November (Wales and Midlands)
  • 19 November – 22 November (North England)

To find out more about hosting call Beth on 01904 655317 or email beth@rltc.org

Tour Dates

Here are the current performance dates, with more still to come. You can find out more about the show at ridinglights.org/gospel or call us on 01904 613000.

Riding Lights  

Date City Venue
27/10/17 London St Barnabas Kensington
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: St Barnabas Kensington, 23 Addison Road. Post code: W14 8LH. Venue phone: 020 7471 7000. Buy Tickets
28/10/17 Leicester Church of the Martyrs
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: Westcotes Drive. Post code: LE3 0QT. Venue phone: 07887 950 633. Buy Tickets
02/11/17 Ilkley Burley-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: Burley-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church, Main Street, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Post code: LS29 7DG. Buy Tickets
03/11/17 Broadway, Wakefield St George’s Lupset
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £5. Address: St George’s Church, Broadway, Lupset. Post code: WF2 8AA. Venue phone: 01924 373088. This event is recommended for young people aged 11+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Buy Tickets
04/11/17 Pickering, North Yorkshire Memorial Hall, Pickering
Time: 5:30pm. Admission: £10/£8 concessions. Box office: 01904 613000. Address: 34 Potter Hill. Post code: YO18 8AA. Venue phone: 01751 477522. Buy Tickets
07/11/17 Sheffield, South Yorkshire Christ Church Pitsmoor
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: Christ Church, Pitsmoor Road. Post code: S3 9AQ. Venue phone: 07806462469. Buy Tickets
10/11/17 Wimbledon, London Holy Trinity Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway. Post code: SW19 1SB. Venue phone: 020 8542 1388. Buy Tickets
12/11/17 Burnley, Lancashire Padiham Road Methodist Church
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: Padiham Road Methodist Church, Brassy Street. Post code: BB12 8AD. Venue phone: 01282 455087. Buy Tickets More information
14/11/17 Richmond St Francis Xavier School
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £6 / £4 (concessions). Box office: 07704 666648 / 07940 249293. Address: St Francis Xavier School, Darlington Road. Post code: DL10 7DA.
16/11/17 London Christ Church, East Sheen
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (under 18s). Box office: 020 8876 8706. Address: 69 Christ Church Road. Post code: SW14 7AN.
17/11/17 Bristol Redland Parish Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10/£8 concessions. Box office: 01904 613000. Address: Redland Church Halls, Redland Green Road. Post code: BS6 7HE. Venue phone: 0117 946 4690. Buy Tickets
18/11/17 London St Stephen’s Church, South Lambeth
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: Free. Address: St Stephen’s Terrace. Post code: SW8 1DH. Venue phone: 0207 735 8461.
19/11/17 Hereford Hereford Baptist Church
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Donations. Box office: 01432 352209. Address: Hereford Baptist Church, Commercial Road. Post code: HR1 2BP. office@herefordbaptist.org.uk (Best time to contact: Tuesday-Friday 8am-12pm)
22/11/17 West Malvern, Worchestershire Elim Arts Centre
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 concessions. Box office: 01904 613000. Address: West Malvern Road. Post code: WR14 4AY. Venue phone: 01684 588973. Buy Tickets
23/11/17 Penarth Tabernacle Baptist Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: Tabernacle Baptist Church, Plassey Street. Post code: CF64 1EN. Venue phone: 07776216254. Buy Tickets
24/11/17 Thornton-Cleveleys Christ Church Thornton
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: (01253) 864604. Address: Christ Church Thornton, Meadows Avenue. Post code: FY5 2TW.
25/11/17 Bradford St Andrew’s Methodist Church
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Suggested donation: £4. Box office: 01274 597790. Address: St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Otley Road, Undercliffe. Post code: BD2 4QP.
26/11/17 York St Paul’s Holgate
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £8 (concessions). Box office: 01904 613000. Address: St Paul’s, Holgate Road. Post code: YO24 4BF.

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Where Adventure Begins: partnering with New Wine

We are very pleased to announce that in 2018 Riding Lights will be partnering with New Wine to produce a new show all about growing faith in the family.

Touring the UK from January to March 2018 Where Adventure Begins is a brilliantly entertaining show – real, touching and hilarious – an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.

Here’s the trailer which is being show at New Wine events this summer:

Meet Jake, Jasmine and Ellie as they re-live their childhood and teenage experiences of Christian faith at home and at church.
Nobody knows how it will turn out, but everyone’s agreed that we need to keep together on the adventure of faith.

To find out more about hosting a performance for your church contact Jo Foster on 07855 403029 or email jo.foster@new-wine.org.

Head over to www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins to find out more and see the performance dates already booked in.

Where Adventure Begins

written and directed by Paul Burbridge
designed by Sean Cavanagh and Anna Gooch
presented by New Wine and Riding Lights Theatre Company

Family is far from simple…

Brace yourselves as bold church leaders plunge headlong into the dizzy world of young discipleship. Gasp as perplexed parents hang on for the white-knuckle ride of the teenage years. Thrill in amazement as overworked, relentlessly positive Youth Worker, Ryan, negotiates a string of minor disasters on the famous camping trip to Wales. And what of Winston the cat’s role in family prayers?

Meet Jake, Jasmine and Ellie as they re-live their childhood and teenage experiences of Christian faith at home and at church.

Nobody knows how it will turn out, but everyone’s agreed that we need to keep together on the adventure of faith.

In a brilliantly entertaining show – real, touching, hilarious – Riding Lights create an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.

Touring the UK: January – March 2018

Find out more at:
new-wine.org/adventurebegins

 

Summer School 2017: Tutors announced

We can now announce the tutors for all seven of our courses at this year’s Summer Theatre School.

There’s lots of familiar faces for any of you who are returning for 2017, though we are also very pleased that Abigail Oscroft, our new youth theatre director, will be leading Riding Lights Express along with Summer School regular Sally Maddison.

Here’s a quick summary of the courses and tutors:

RIDING LIGHTS EXPRESS (age 14-18)
Tutors: Sally Maddison & Abigail Oscroft

A dynamic, fast-moving, physical theatre production all in one week. This year the Express company will bring their energy and comic imagination to George Orwell’s satire Animal Farm.

FACE THE MUSIC (age 14-18)
Tutors: Erin Burbridge, Tim Burnage & Edith Kirkwood

Sing, dance and act your heart out all week with a production of the 1961 Broadway classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER (age 19-25)
Tutors: Jonathan Bidgood & Owen Kingston

This course will not only create and perform some topical comedy sketches and stand-up routines but it will also learn how to film them. Devise it, script it, perform it, film it.

STAGE BY STAGE (age 19-90)
Tutors: Jon Boustead & Kelvin Goodspeed

Join this ambitious ensemble as they stage a play in a week, focusing on vivid characterisation and story-telling techniques. Stage By Stage will collaborate with members of Riding Lights Express to deliver a climactic production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

THE FULL WORKS (age 19-90)
Tutors: Rich Hasnip & Peter Hutchinson

For those who enjoy the fun and freedom of devising their own performance, through improvisation and exploring comic characters and situations. If you would like to create a sharp show, poking ‘serious’ fun at some of our current follies and foibles then this is the course for you!

THREE ENTERPRISE (age 19-90) – COURSE FULL
Tutors: Paul Birch & Paul Burbridge

Calling writers: three short comic plays will be written at the beginning of the week. Calling actors: performing skills will be honed in readiness. Calling directors: who will learn some trade secrets and practice them by staging these new plays… written, directed and performed by Three Enterprise.

TECHNICAL THEATRE (Age 16 – 90)
Tutor: Ollie Brown

This highly practical courses returns! Discover how to stage-manage a show successfully, rig and operate lighting and sound, as well as work with a director to bring one of the Summer School shows to life and to light.

So, has a particular course caught your eye or peaked your creative interest? If so, you can apply here.

Applications Open: Roughshod 2018

Applications are now open for volunteers for our 2018 Roughshod company.

Here’s a bit more about what we’re looking for…

Actors wanted (M/F) for a seven month community tour in 2018.

Actors-Wanted-600pxRiding Lights Roughshod is our dynamic young theatre company – taking faith inspired theatre into the heart of local communities all around the UK. Each year Roughshod creates and tours dynamic, challenging, spiritually centred performance to the places that need it most, performing everywhere from churches to care homes, primary schools to prisons.

We are looking for bold actor/facilitators with a range of skills who are interested in performing and running workshops in a wide variety of settings. All successful applicants will be supported in the rehearsal period with a training programme that equips our actors with top voice coaching, prison and schools work as well as workshop leading.

Please consider the company’s christian ethos before applying

Closing date for applications: Thursday 15 June 2017.

Auditions: will take place in York on 21 & 22 June 2017.
Second round audition dates: 10 July 2017
(Please Note: there has been a change to the first round audition dates)

Applications are now closed.

For more info call: 01904 655317 or email: roughshod@rltc.org

 

Baked Alaska On Film

Baked Alaska has been adapted for film and is available for FREE download.

After touring in 2015 we received multiple requests for a film version of the production. While not every play is suitable for filming, we thought Baked Alaska was the perfect candidate, not least because of the topic. Climate Change is an issue which isn’t going to disappear any time soon, and a film of Baked Alaska would be an excellent resource for churches, for ‘green’ groups and schools to help keep the discussion going.

As the project developed we realised the best way to create an engaging, useful resource would be to split the play up into seven short excerpts, each approaching this complex issue from a different angle, from big business to biblical parables, from international stories to home truths here in the UK.

For Schools and Small Groups

Working with Lat Blaylock from RE Today we have created accompanying resources for schools. For small groups the Rev. Jim Roberts has written the discussion materials. You can find the full series of films alongside these resources at: ridinglights.org/baked-alaska

Watch The Films

The seven episodes draw together themes from the show to highlight the breadth of the issues that arise from climate change. Risky Business, the second film in the series, retells Jesus’ parable of the rich fool for a today’s world of investments and oil companies.

You can also find and download the full set of films on our vimeo page.