The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

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

The Giant is angry.  He’s been away visiting friends for seven years and returns to find children – children! – playing happily 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 this grip ever be broken?

Through vivid, interactive story-telling, music, puppetry and humour, Riding Lights brings you this brilliant story of transformation.  No one, not even the story-tellers themselves, can be left unaffected by this inspiring tale of love and generosity.

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

Performances at Friargate Theatre

21 December 11am and 3pm

Book online or call 01904 613000
Tickets £7 adult & £5 child

Suitable for ages 3 and up.

The Narrow Road- Touring Lent 2020

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a tour of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, during the season of Lent 2020.

Amid the heat and beauty of ancient Palestine, a man stands on a dusty road. An extraordinary journey will take place, retracing the footsteps of Jesus through a world of miracles and madness, violence and liberation. As the Narrow Road is walked, this turbulent world is turned upside down and its inhabitants confronted by an unexpected and surprising vision.

As we walk with these people to the cross and on into the challenge of a life beyond it, The Narrow Road asks each of us to review our understanding of our own faith in relation to that journey. There are pauses in the performance which give opportunities for personal reflection and worship.

Following a successful revival of the play last year, it is available for booking between the 16th March and the 11th April. Please get in touch with our Tour Booker, Louise Barclay Johnson on louise@rltc.org or call 01904 655317 for more information on cost and booking.

Audience responses to previous tours of The Narrow Road:

“This was the most inspiring 90 minutes I’ve spent in a long time.”

“This was a truly extraordinary and life-changing event. It will have a deep and lasting effect on me.”

“The performance was so powerful so very accomplished and clever, the way the scripture interlinked, it made us think.”
 
“A packed hall, an amazing play and a wonderful preparation for Easter Day.”

Kaleidoscope Tour Schedule

Touring the UK:
12 September – 2 November 2019

 

In a crowded house a man walks a new walk…  young lovers set a teeth-chattering example of faith… while a gangster starts up in the forgiveness business, a fool dreams of escape on a rocket to Mars…  and there’s a jaw-dropping moment for prisoners when singing unlocks the doors.

 

Among the manicured, self-managed images of the YouTube influencers and evaporating virtual dreams, this show celebrates substance and truth and joy.

 

Can the rich kaleidoscope of the good news of Jesus reveal new patterns which are life-changing in the 21st century? Is there an influencer we can trust to tell us the truth? Delight in us for who we are and help us build a community which values everyone?

List of Public Performances

The Kaleidoscope Tour

Dynamic, sharp theatre with a new twist…

Touring 14 September – 31 October 2019 – Booking Now!

The Kaleidoscope Tour is built for you and your community – let us know how we can help you to best serve those in your area. If you are familiar with our previous Roughshod companies this tour works along the same lines but aims to be even more flexible to your needs. We can offer:

Colourful Performances…

There are performances of almost any length (up to 90 minutes) available for schools and youth clubs, assemblies and church services, prisons and colleges with storytelling and comic sketches to challenge and delight. There is also a brand new full length show ‘Breaking Ground’ available.

Brilliant Sessions in Schools…

We can offer sessions in both primary and secondary schools. A range of performances, lessons, and workshops on a range of up to the minute topics, including social media influencing, violence, image awareness, and transitions from primary school.

Light in Local Prisons…

We have illuminating performances and workshops shaped for the needs of prisoners, and a brand new show written specially for prisons too.

Connecting with Your Events…

Do you have events you’d like the team to be present at? Or an event you need help preparing for? Maybe you think a bit of street theatre would really liven up a fundraiser, or have a special service that could use some thought-provoking sketches to bring out the message. Maybe your own drama group could use a workshop ahead of their big performance. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Kaleidoscope will be as flexible as possible – you can book it for an evening performance, a day of workshops, a few days, a week, or even longer – whatever you and your community need. The tour will be on the road from the 14th September till the 31st October. Prices for the work will vary, starting from £500.00 +VAT for a single night’s performance, and it would be on a sliding scale from there. We never want cost to be a barrier to people if they want their community to access our work, so if you would value a conversation about the cost please do let us know.

BOOKING NOW – Contact us on esther@rltc.org or 01904 655317 today!

All’s Well That Ends Well- Production Pictures

All’s Well has begun and the production has been delighting audiences with its wit and hilarity. The production pictures, courtesy of Tom Jackson, are too beautiful not to share with you. Here are some of our favourites:

 

York International Shakespeare Festival at Friargate Theatre

Friargate will be hosting a number of plays during the York International Shakespeare Festival including our own All’s Well That Ends Well!

More details about each play can be found on their respective pages, but we thought a handy timetable might help with booking tickets throughout the ten days.

  9 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May
11am

        All’s Well
2pm

  FEAST FEAST    
5pm

  FEAST      
8pm All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

All’s Well All’s Well

 

  15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May
11am   Hamlet

   
2pm All’s Well Hamlet

   
5pm

 

All’s Well All’s Well
8pm Hamlet All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

 

 

 

All’s Well That Ends Well

it’s a class act – in love, sex and war

Everyone is treating everyone else remarkably badly – so sisters are doing it for themselves, in Shakespeare’s surprisingly socially aware comedy for 1603.  As long as some of it is kept in the dark.

 

 

Two teenagers make their way in a dangerous world of pointless conflicts, capricious leaders, outbursts of intense continental emotion… and singing.  He’s in the limelight, she’s in the shadows, one of them is desperately in love.

 

In the spirit of this International Festival, Riding Lights invites you to spend a jolly evening with them over in France, as they streamline All’s Well into a sharp 90 minutes of breathless trips across Europe, chasing true love, honour, Italian girls and solutions to a couple of frankly impossible tasks.

 

Directed by Paul Burbridge 
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

 

Friargate Theatre, York   May 9 – 19
Tickets: £10 / £8
01904 613000 or Book online below by clicking on the performance time

 

Date Time
Thursday 9th 8pm
Friday 10th 8pm
Saturday 11th 8pm
Monday 13th- BSL interpreted 8pm
Tuesday 14th 11am // 8pm
Wednesday 15th 2pm
Thursday 16th 8pm
Friday 17th 8pm
Saturday 18th 5pm // 8pm
Sunday 19th 5pm

 

Want to find out more about what else Friargate is hosting during the festival? Click here for the timetable of performances.

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Easter Resources for 2019

Add Drama to Easter is a delightful follow-on from our successful Christmas resource, Add Drama to Christmas (do you sense a theme?)! This new downloadable resource has ten classic Riding Lights sketches which spotlight significant personal encounters with the world-turned-upside-down story of Easter… encounters with Jesus that were life-changing.

These sketches have different styles and energy – they are moving, punchy, sometimes humorous and give a few unexpected perspectives on the familiar gospel events…

A tax-collector dishes out generous rebates, the owner of the Palm Sunday donkey feels somehow complicit in Jesus’s death, Barabbas watches a man die on a cross that was made for him, a thief finds the doors to Paradise unlocked, a private investigator is challenged to locate a missing corpse, daffodils discuss the likelihood of life after death…

All these pieces are tried, tested and easy to stage with a few enthusiastic actors and readers. Some have appeared in print before and have been updated, others are released here for the first time.


Keep watching for more collections of sketches to be made available in the coming months.

Get our Easter resources from the shop…

Summer Theatre School 2019 Book Now

Youth Theatre: Spring Applications Open

After a brilliant production of Murder By Poe from our Senior Youth Theatre, we’re delighted to say that Applications are now open for next term’s Youth Theatre.

The really exciting news, is that Acting Up! are expanding – in size and ambition!

This term, as well as welcoming new members, they will be trialling a new format. The first hour of each session will focus on our younger members as they learn new theatre skills through fun games, improvisation and exercises, discovering how to be an acting ensemble. The last hour will focus on the older age group as they take these same skills deeper and explore writing and devising new work… And there will be plenty of opportunities for joint-creativity, socialising and sharing work between these two sessions as all ages join together.

Our Seniors will be taking inspiration from great writers such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan-Doyle, and Douglas Adams as they devise and stage their very own Murder Mystery.

Meanwhile Juniors have a production term and will be staging a fantastic
adaptation of Oscar’s Wilde’s The Star-Child. (Performance dates are 4th and 5th of April 2019 – get them in the diary!)

You can find our more information on the Youth Theatre section of the website and apply online here.