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

Laugh Out Loud at our 2017 Summer Theatre School

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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.

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

Simeon’s Watch: Trailer

After a great opening run at Friargate Theatre, the first responses to Simeon’s Watch are in…

“Moving, funny and thought provoking”

All three actors inhabited the characters beautifully
…it was really special.”

“Very good, it took a very relevant but difficult subject,
brought it to life and showed a way of hope.”

“In awe of what I’ve just seen, spot on, truthful and important.”

We’re delighted by the way the show is being received and are looking forward to taking the show on tour round the country. Looking for a show near you? Try our handy tour map.

You can get a feel for the show itself by watching the trailer….

 

Simeon’s Watch is touring the UK until the 10th December. You can find out more at ridinglights.org/simeon

An eye on Simeon’s Watch

Paul Birch takes a look at our new national tour – Simeon’s Watch…


Simeon (John Holden-White) and Rina (Katie Brier) sharing a cup of cocoa out in the fields
“Change can bring real challenges to families, particularly the changes that threaten to alter our relationships with the people we love most. Simeon’s Watch focuses on three generations of one family and the impact on all of them as they face the demands of growing old.”

So writes Bridget Foreman about her new play for Riding Lights. This is a production which picks up echoes of the biblical story of Simeon, the man who watches and waits at the end of his life, not forgotten by God, until he glimpses the hope God has prepared for us all.

The script for Simeon’s Watch comes from a series of workshops with those living with dementia, their families (including young people) and professional care staff and clinicians. Over a number of weeks we met at Friargate Theatre and in residential care homes, exploring ways that drama might help these families communicate better, as they continue to care for one another. Using improvisation, play and applied theatre techniques, we discovered the range of emotions created by the demands of ageing, including, sometimes, a Simeon-like joy and peace in the middle of it all.

In several dramas addressing this subject, the story is often constructed around the theme of loss – whether it’s memory, dignity, relationship or hope. Our aim was to bring out some of the other ‘notes’ from the stories we found in these workshops – notes of love, comedy, play and intimacy.

Simeon’s Watch explores ways in which responding to change more playfully can often transform our relationships. Children and young people, of course, do this best. Care homes that have nurseries or schools attached to them demonstrate the positive impact shared by the different generations while they interact. Responding ‘playfully’ to painful interactions will never reverse time or heal damaged minds but it can radically improve the quality of relationship and communication. This production is a celebration of that.

If Simeon’s Watch is to be a distinctive ‘voice’, Riding Lights wants that to be one that refuses to let a sense of fear put further stress on loving relationships that have been nurtured over many years. However old or young we may be, we hope this play will change minds about the problem of changing minds!

You can find out more about the show, as well as a list of tour dates, at ridinglights.org/simeon

Baked Alaska Filming: 80% and rising…

Baked-Alaska-8019---WEBHave you checked the fundraising page for Filming Baked Alaska recently?
We’ve currently raised 82% of the target…. that’s an amazing £33,000!

This means we’re confident that filming can go ahead, it’s in the diary for this summer.

The recent boost in funding has come from a number of larger donors and organisations keen to make the film happen. In total we’ve had about £30,000 donated by trusts and organisations, but equally important are the donations from individuals, however small, so thank you to all of you who have given or told others about the campaign.

We’re not quite there, and that last £7,000 we still have to raise can help us do even more – film more of the show, create a better resource, and get them out to more people.

Can you help?

By donating (if you haven’t already) and telling others. It’s as easy as going to the justgiving page and clicking the share on Facebook button (or Twitter or email if you’d prefer).

Youth Theatre: Autumn Applications Open

Comedy-of-Errors-HatApplications are now open for Riding Lights Youth Theatre’s autumn courses.

As always we have a jam packed, creative term planned exploring families, physical theatre and even a spot of Shakespeare.

You can find out more about the terms projects for Juniors, Seniors, and Acting Up! on the Youth Theatre section of this website. Or you can download an autumn brochure and application form.

Plus, you can also apply for our Youth Theatre online.

Finally we have one other important piece of news…

Seniors – now on a Tuesday

From September 2016 our Senior Youth Theatre is moving to Tuesday nights. It’ll be the same creative community, at the same place, same time, but on a new day. We’re making the move to better accommodate performances at Frairgate Theatre which often take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Whats’ more, Seniors will be marking this move with a production of one of Shakespeare’s best and most loved plays… Macbeth! Forget boring and traditional Shakespeare, the Seniors will be creating their own gritty, contemporary version of this classic.  All they need is enthusiastic performers!

Theatres Trust Grant For Friargate Flood Protection

2016_TheatresTrust_logoWe are very pleased to announce that Friargate Theatre has been awarded £5000 by the Theatres Trust.

The grant has been made in response to the flood damage which took place during the Boxing Day flooding in York this winter. It will enable us to begin the essential work to flood-proof Friargate. This is a significant addition to money raised from our ongoing programme of fundraising events.

Friargate Theatre At NightWe are immensely grateful to the Theatres Trust for their award are delighted to be one of the five theatres awarded grants  in current round of funding from the Theatres Protection Small Grants Scheme.
Friargate Theatre was one of the casualties of the flooding in York in December 2015, with the lower end of the building flooded, immersing the lower ground floor. The planned flood prevention work involves the creation of two access traps in the office floor, installation of smart air bricks so the building can be fully dried out, as well as the purchase and installation of a permanent sump and pump, which will help protect the interior of the building against future flooding..

You can find out more about the Theatres Trust and the current round of grants on their website.

 

 

Actors Wanted… Roughshod 2017

Applications are now open for volunteers for our 2017 Roughshod company.

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

Actors wanted (M/F) for a seven month community tour in 2017.

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 and movement coaching, prison and schools work as well as workshop leading.

Please consider your commitment to the company’s christian ethos before applying

Closing date for applications: Monday 20 June 2016.

Auditions: will take place in York on 29 & 30 June 2016.
(Second round audition dates: 11 July 2016)

Download the Roughshod Information Pack here.
PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR ROUGHSHOD 2017 ARE NOW CLOSED
For more info call: 01904 655317 or email: roughshod@rltc.org