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.

 

 

Gospel Street

retelling of the news

People are out on the street.

Another generation is looking for answers – a rich young career girl, an angry gang leader, a charming church-goer, misfits, activists, crooked bankers, a surprising refugee and the bloke who bought himself seriously expensive jewellery.  People who stood face to face with Jesus.  There are anecdotes, bust-ups, blogs and posts.  It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Despite their differences and social divisions, 140 characters want to meet one extraordinary person.  Jesus has arrived on their street and he’s on the lookout for trouble – looking to do something about it.

Four young people – two women, two men – like the first evangelists, tell the startling story of what happened, just now, on that street. The result is a powerful mix of theatre, music, comedy and spoken word.

GOSPEL STREET is a collaboration between award-winning writers, including rapper and hip-hop artist Testament. 

‘Riding Lights is doing what it does best: bringing everyone together to hear some of the good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.’

Touring the UK:  30th September – 9th December 2017

To book a performance call
01904 655317 or email beth@rltc.org

Crosslight: Trailer

Next week our 2017 passion play, Crosslight, goes into rehearsal. We’re delighted to welcome Sarah Finch, John Holden-White and Matthew Rutherford back for a second tour.

We also have a brand new trailer using some of Tom Jackson’s stunning photos and Jonathan Bidgood’s excellent music from the show. Take a look…

You can find your closest performance of Crosslight at ridinglights.org/crosslight or give us a call 01904 613000.

Roughshod: Bases for 2017

Our 2017 Roughshod company will be on the road from the 19th March, touring to communities across the UK for 6 months. Below is a list of the places they will be working in.

 Roughshod: Reactive is a transformative tour-de-force, shaking things up with an explosive mix of comedy, drama and powerful storytelling. Whether they’re running workshops in schools, youth groups or prisons, or perhaps performing in churches or out on the streets, they reach some 25,000 adults and young people each year.

In 2017 Roughshod will be based in…

LORETO COLLEGE (MANCHESTER) Mar 19 – Mar 26
NEWCASTLE Mar 26 – Apr 02
NEWBURY Apr 02 – Apr 09
Mini-Tour Apr 09 – Apr 16
Easter Break Apr 16 – Apr 30
SWINDON Apr 30 – May 07
SHEFFIELD May 07 – May 14
GILLINGHAM May 14 – May 21
PLYMSTOCK / BUSH CONFERENCE May 21 – May 28
NORTHERN IRELAND May 28- Jun 11
HULL Jun 11 – Jun 18
BRISTOL Jun 18 – Jun 25
TEIGNMOUTH Jun 25 – Jul 02
SALISBURY / WISBECH Jul 02 – Jul 09
MAIDSTONE Jul 09 – Jul 16
NEWCASTLE Jul 16– Jul 23
RL SUMMER THEATRE SCHOOL Jul 30 – Aug 6
SCARGILL ARTS FESTIVAL Aug 6

 

You can find a full list of public performances of Roughshod: Reactive here.

Summer Theatre School 2017

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Announcing our 2017 Summer Theatre School…
Taking place at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick (near York) on the 29 July to 5 August.

This year we’ll be laughing out loud, as we have some fun with Comedy and Satire.  Join us for a high-energy week of theatrical merry-making as we revive some classics and create some brand new work to chuckle over.

New courses for 2017

Our 2017 courses include favourites like Face The Music and Stage By Stage, as well as the return of  our devising course for adults, The Full Works. We also have a brand new course Three Enterprise, bringing writers, directors and actors together.

Do you fancy stretching your theatrical muscles or learning some technical skills? Whether you are a writer, a performer or a director, there’s a space at Summer School for you to fill!

Take a look at full list of courses here.

Applications are now open, and if you book before January 31st 2017 you can get a 10% early booking discount.

Roughshod: Reactive

Explosive Stories, Unexpected Results…

Roughshod: Reactive

What happens when worlds’ collide?
when heaven meets earth?
if small encounters cause a big reaction?

A passenger on a train gets help unexpectedly from a stranger, a courageous nun surprises everyone by going nuclear and a religious terrorist is disarmed by a man from the wrong side of town.

Mixing powerful performance (and a little comic chaos) Riding Lights Roughshod use true stories, satirical sketches and the experiences of the actors themselves to work out what happens when God decides to disturb the peace… in person.

Join us for a transformative tour-de-force as Roughshod shake things up in this explosive new sketch show for 2017.

Touring 18th March – 29th July 2017
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 2017?

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.

 

Public Performances

 

Roughshod  

Date City Venue
30/06/17 Teignmouth The Pavilions, Teignmouth
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £7 / £3 (under 16s). Box office: 01626 249049. Address: The Pavilions, The Den Crescent, The Promenade. Post code: TQ14 8BG. Buy Tickets
08/07/17 Wisbech, Cambridgeshire The Queen Mary Centre
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £5 / £3 (concession). Box office: 01945 581444. Address: The Queen Mary Centre, The Fery Project. Queens Road. Post code: PE13 2PE.
14/07/17 Maidstone Maplesden Noakes School
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £10 / £5 (concession). Box office: 01622 685984. Address: Maplesden Noakes School, Buckland Road. Post code: ME16 0TJ. Buy Tickets
22/07/17 Newcastle Upon Tyne Ponteland Methodist Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £5. Box office: 01661 872297. Address: Ponteland Methodist Church, Bell Villas, Ponteland. Post code: NE20 9BE.

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Three Cheers For Christmas: Photos

We’ve got not one, but two casts touring with this year’s Christmas production – Three Cheers For Christmas!

Below are a few photos of Jake and Emily performing (who you may also recognise from Roughshod earlier this year). All photos taken by Andrew Dyer.

You can find tour dates for both shows at ridinglights.org/three-cheers as well as a tour map to help you find your nearest performance.

Simeon’s Watch: Photos

A selection of the dress rehearsal photos for Simeon’s Watch.

All photos taken by Tom Jackson.

Simeons’ Watch is touring the UK until the 10th of December. You can find a full list of dates, as well as a tour map at ridinglights.org/simeon