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 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…

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
HULL Jun 11 – Jun 18
BRISTOL Jun 18 – Jun 25
TEIGNMOUTH Jun 25 – Jul 02
MAIDSTONE Jul 09 – Jul 16
NEWCASTLE Jul 16– Jul 23


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

Summer Theatre School 2017

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 to find out more.


Public Performances



Date City Venue
02/05/17 Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon St Barts
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: Free (Donations welcome via retiring collection). Box office: 01793 852779. Address: St Barts, High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett. Post code: SN4 7BQ.
04/05/17 Swindon Toothill Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: by retiring donation. Box office: 01793 874221. Address: Toothill Church, Dunwich Drive. Post code: SN5 8SX.
07/05/17 Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Free (donations welcome). Address: Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church, High Street. Post code: BS37 6AH.
10/05/17 Sheffield St Paul’s Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £7 / £5 (concessions). Box office: 0114 2551945. Address: St Paul’s Church, Norton Lees Lane. Post code: S8 9BG.
13/05/17 Sheffield All Saints Ecclesall Parish Church
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £7. Box office: 0114 2687574. Address: Ringinglow Road. Post code: S11 7PQ.
19/05/17 Gillingham, Kent Gillingham Methodst Church
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £7 / £5 (concessions). Box office: 01634 575193. Address: Gillingham Methodst Church, 100 Third Avenue. Post code: ME7 2LU.
21/05/17 Crediton Crediton Congregational Church
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: Free (donations welcome). Box office: 01363 772577. Address: Crediton Congregational Church, 2 High Street. Post code: EX17 3LF. Buy Tickets
23/05/17 Plymouth Plymstock United Church
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £5 / £15 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Box office: 07808 594403. Address: Plymstock United Church, 70-74 Plymstock Road. Post code: PL9 7PB.
27/05/17 Launceston, Cornwall Bush Conference
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £6 / £3 (under 16s) / £16 (family ticket – 2 adults & 2 children). Box office: 07808 594403. Address: Treguddick Farm. Post code: PL15 7JN. Venue phone: 01363 82307. More information
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

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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 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

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

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

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!