For The Earth Events

Riding Lights is producing two FREE events in support of the Young Christian Climate Network as they pass through York on their walk towards the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

Friargate Theatre will reopen for the first time since the first pandemic lockdown and we look forward immensely to welcoming audiences into the building. These events offer a fantastic opportunity to join together and assert our own passion for the Earth and its future wellbeing.

 

Passion for the Earth

Tuesday 21 September | 7pm | at Friargate Theatre

An interactive event for a small audience to reflect on our calling to care for the Earth, led by Riding Lights Theatre Company

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Care for the Earth

Wednesday 22 September | 6pm | at Friargate Theatre

A screening from Baked Alaska introduced by Revd. Jan Nobel, followed by a vigil for the future of life on Earth led by Riding Lights Theatre Company

BOOK TICKETS HERE

 

For more information about the other Young Christian Climate Action group York events please download their brochure.

Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet

FIZZY FINN FINDS HIS FEET – a play for all children, especially those who found lockdown made them feel stressed and anxious.

Finn is a fidget. His brain ablaze with an unbreakable buzz that fizzes to his fingers and tickles his toes…or it would do if he could only find his feet.  ‘The problem is that I can feel it. Electricity ripples like thunder in my chest and lightning in my brain. I can’t escape. It’s after me and if you don’t get out the way it’ll zap you too!’

Aware that many young children have found the recent lockdowns and absences from friends and family very stressful, causing anxieties which they find hard to articulate, we have commissioned a new play from Jon Boustead, who adapted The Selfish Giant, to address some of these problems in a gentle, fun way.   Through the character of Finn and his discovery of a curious cobbler and her amazing shoe shop, we jump into this tale of bravery, fear and finding your feet in the world. 

Exploring the big things troubling young minds today, join Finn this Christmas, as he embarks on an unforgettable adventure, with its magical blend of playful storytelling, original music and creative puppetry. Fasten your laces! Tie them up nice and tight, because something tells me you’re in for a treat! 

Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet will be available to stream in November and December (or for live performance if you’re within range of a day return journey from York). It comes with additional classroom materials, giving teachers resources to help children engage more deeply with the issues raised through this delightful, interactive show. 

To express interest, please contact Chloe Oldroyd on 01904 655317 or email Chloe@rltc.org 

 

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

 

Shakespeare’s PERICLES, Prince of Tyre

In a stunning, stripped-back version of a rarely performed adventure, Pericles is reborn, full of passion and laced with comedy.  Brilliantly designed, brought to life and shot in an innovative theatre-on-film style born out of the necessities of our times. Catch this astonishing 80 minutes of highly accessible story-telling : Pericles as you’ve never seen it before.

Riding Lights, a York company with a reputation for breathing fresh energy into Shakespeare’s later comedies, has clearly been on a creative voyage themselves to deliver this captivating re-telling.

‘Such a good play – so many strong themes told as a series of intimate human stories. A great achievement.’  York International Shakespeare Festival 2021.

 

by William Shakespeare
with additional material by Nigel Forde
Directed by Paul Burbridge
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

Approx 80 mins runtime

Tickets available now

Household Tickets: £12.50
2 weeks streaming access period through Vimeo and Youtube


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Breaking Day


A lockdown Passion Play by Les Ellison

As day begins to break on Good Friday, the occupying Governor’s tenuous grip on authority is slipping. It’s festival time in Jerusalem but his wife is plagued with disturbing dreams. Amid the demands of the Sanhedrin and the murderous cries of the mob, the lines between personal and political in Pilate’s house start to blur.  The teacher at the centre of it all remains silent.

Confused by the hopes and fears of her people, a Jewish servant in the Praetorium clearly knows more than she should. Pilate wrestles with a quandary of his own devising, while outside momentum is gathering – the power of the Capitol in tension with the will of the people.

With stark intimacy, Breaking Day casts a surprising light on the death of Jesus from inside the Governor’s household, immersing us in the decisions that led to crucifixion.

Filmed remotely in an innovative lockdown style, Breaking Day is a virtual passion play.

Rent Breaking Day to Watch at Home (through Vimeo on Demand)

Use Breaking Day in Church

 

Add Drama to Christmas… Online!

A collection of classic Christmas sketches and readings on film from Riding Lights Theatre Company  – perfect for carol services and Christmas events whether they are online or on-site!

These sketches provide great visual content, adding fresh insight and fun to retelling the story of the birth of Christ.

£10 each, or get three sketches in the Nativity Bundle for £25.  Available to access from 1 December 2020 – Pre-order Now!

Find out more about the sketches on offer in this collection:

*These sketches are in the Nativity Bundle. Use them throughout a carol service or Christmas event to make a compelling journey through the nativity story.

Explore the full collection here

The Selfish Giant

Bring exciting entertainment into every classroom and home with our online version of this hugely popular show…

The Giant is angry. He’s been away for a long time and returns to find children – children! – playing in his beautiful garden!

Every day after school, they come and run about, laughing and playing games under the blossom on his peach trees, listening to the delightful songs of the birds. So, he puts up a big wall and an even bigger KEEP OUT notice to put a stop to all that. Then winter seizes the garden in its icy fingers…  

Will its grip ever be broken?

Suitable for all primary aged children and their families, through vivid storytelling, original music, puppetry and humour, Riding Lights brings you a brilliant story of things changing for the better.  No one can be left unaffected by this inspiring tale of love and generosity.

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Order The Selfish Giant for your school today

Order The Selfish Giant for your community – info for community groups and organisations

Want to watch it with your family? Watch The Selfish Giant at Home

This engaging show can be viewed in three chapters or watched in one sitting. Filmed for Christmas 2020 but suitable for every season.

Riding Lights has an outstanding reputation for bringing memorable shows to family audiences both nationally and in Yorkshire.

‘That was really fantastic. They’ve had such a good time.’  Teacher, Cawood 

‘Five stars.’ ‘No, ten hundred stars.’  Children, Norton

‘Perfectly pitched for this age group, it was wonderful. The children were so engaged.’ Head Teacher, Kirkbymoorside

adapted from Oscar Wilde by Jon Boustead
Director Paul Burbridge
Designer Anna Gooch

Discover the episodes

Order The Selfish Giant for your school today

Order The Selfish Giant for your community – info for churches, community groups and organisations

Want to watch it with your family? Watch The Selfish Giant at Home

Got questions? Get in touch to find out more touring@rltc.org or 01904 655317
If cost is a barrier for your school or organisation, please get in touch with us to discuss options.

RL Statement on Black Lives Matter

Riding Lights Theatre Company strongly supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement fighting for permanent change within an inherently racist society and for collective freedom for the entire black community.

 

We believe that black lives matter.

We believe in the power of love to change society and allow individual lives to flourish.

We believe in standing up for freedom and equality.

We believe in continuing to educate ourselves and our community to confront racism and to put what we learn into practice.

We believe in telling diverse stories through our performances.

We believe in offering our creative gifts to spread this understanding.

We believe that diversity brings strength and joy.

We believe that generosity makes the world go round.

My Place: announcing a future Riding Lights Tour

a new play by Bridget Foreman on adoption and fostering

in partnership with Home for Good

 

 

Touring dates to be announced. If you are interested in finding out about hosting a performance, please contact Riding Lights on touring@rltc.org

The Narrow Road Virtual Tour Part 5

Who are you and what did you play?

Hello I’m John. As a veteran actor of Riding Lights Theatre Company it was a pleasure to return to The Narrow Road. Mine was the challenge of playing Peter, Caiaphas, Pilate, a Syrian soldier and a disciple on the road to Emmaus. These, coupled with the mysterious pilgrim traveller 2, or Steve (shhh my secret), who is one of a close-knit group of pilgrims on The Road.

What is your favourite part of the play?

My favourite? I might cheat. I have particularly enjoyed discovering a new dynamic amongst our pilgrim characters. It was lovely. Joyful. Really. They are a close, playful, soulful trio. Earnest in their desire to encounter Jesus but willing to rest in a moment of calm, to share a joke or a reflection.

Their guidebook has the power to evoke the presence of bygone characters, to draw us into scenes which resonate with the challenge of Jesus’s presence. Perhaps they are a family travelling together? This was good to explore – finding an intimacy, an easy way of connecting. And yet each has differing personal needs, doubts, or reasons for walking the pilgrim trail.

They all learn from the experiences of the characters which they portray. I enjoyed creating connections between my range of characters and the spiritual development and understanding of (Steve… !) my pilgrim. He was profoundly moved and changed by it all… er… and then Erin, our director, started to talk about the Enneagram, which Steve found difficult to cope with TBH.  But I digress…

What made you laugh in rehearsals?

Nothing of course!  I was deeply professional!  I did amuse myself spending a bit of time wondering how we might improve the fare at the Last Supper – whether we could justify the use of petty cash on tour for the procurement of stuffed olives and other authentic Holy Land delights.