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.

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Directed by Paul Burbridge 
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

Friargate Theatre, York   May 9 – 18
Tickets: £10 / £8
01904 613000 or Book Online

Friday 10th8pm
Saturday 11th8pm
Monday 13th8pm
Tuesday 14th11am // 8pm
Wednesday 15th11am // 2pm
Thursday 16th8pm
Friday 17th8pm
Saturday 18th5pm // 8pm

Friargate Scratch

COMING SOON: The first ever Friargate Scratch will be on Friday April 26th at 7.30pm.

Tickets £5

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Friargate Scratch is an evening of variety, fun and new work. It’s a chance for new artists to try out new material in a friendly and supportive environment. We welcome all genres, theatre, film, photography, dance, stand-up, music at all stages of development.

Friargate Theatre is the home of Riding Lights Theatre Company which has an enviable reputation for developing new work. We love to celebrate imagination and innovation. and we are excited to be the first to see what York’s very talented artists are making.

Are you a new artist looking to try out some work?  Email to find out more about taking part!

We will offer:

  • basic technical support
  • a 10 minute slot in the evening to share your work in progress with the audience
  • written audience feedback to take away

You should provide: (details by email to

  • any props the performance requires – we can provide basic wooden chairs on request in advance
  • all technical requirements with one week’s notice
  • be available from 3pm on the day for tech and rehearsal – timings can be negotiated with the theatre one week in advance.

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

The Narrow Road

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a revival of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, during the season of Lent 2019.

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.

Audience responses to the 2010 production:

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

“A packed hall, an amazing play and a wonderful preparation for Easter Day.”

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

Tour Dates

DateVenue Tickets Book Online

Thursday 28th
March (7.30pm)

Mossley Parish Church,
FreeBook here

Friday 29th
March (7.30pm)

St Michael-le-
Belfrey, York
£10/ £8 Full-time EducationBook here

Saturday 30th
March (7.00pm)

St Paul’s Church, Ryphope £5
0191 523 7884

Wednesday 3rd April (7.30pm)

£10/ £5Book here

Thursday 4th
April (7.30pm)
West Bridgford Baptist
£7.50 / £6
0115 981 0690

Book here

Friday 5th
April (7.30pm)
St Laurence
Church, Stroud
£10 /£5 under-18s in advance

£12/£5 on the
Book here

Saturday 6th
April (7.30pm)
St Thomas’
£12/£10/£80333 666 3366

Book here

Tuesday 9th

Parish Church
Admission free, Donations welcome

Wednesday 10th April (7.30pm)

St Andrew’s
£8Book here

Thursday 11th

St Martin’s
Church, Walsall
£801922 635217

Friday 12th
April (7.30pm)

St James’
£801937 584760

Saturday 13
April (7.30pm)

£10 01482 868540

Sunday 14th
April (7pm)

St Luke’s
FreeNo need to

Tuesday 16th

01132 693750

Wednesday 17th April
St Mary the
£10 /£5 Under 16s
01544 388157

Available from the village shop at the Dovecote
Thursday 18th
April (7.30pm)
West Wickham and
Shirley Baptist, Croydon
Free No need to

Friday 19th
St Margaret’s Church,
£801903 784459

Saturday 20th

Severn Valley
£8 / £601746 860230

If you would like to host a performance, as there are still some available dates, please get in touch with Bethan Gibb-Reid on or 01904 655317.

Into the Lab for 2019

Over the next few months Riding Lights are taking time to prepare our projects for 2019. We are heading into the ‘creative laboratory’ to plan, play and imagine what the next phase of the company’s work might look like.

We are excited about this chance to develop what we do, but that does mean that we will not be touring as many shows as usual for the first part of 2019.

Watch this space to find out more – or even better sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear about what’s happening.

On Tour…

But all this creative work doesn’t mean we won’t be performing. Our next national tour will be a revival of Paul Birch’s passion play The Narrow Road. Touring for Lent (25th March – 20th April), the play is a powerful piece of theatre which also includes space for reflection and corporate worship.

Booking is open now. Reserve a date by calling 01904 655317 or emailing Bethan on

Resources for Christmas and Easter.

What we do have available right now are resources for Christmas and Easter.

We’ve got Christmas scripts, a film of our play Crosslight, and even the materials to create your own instant Easter Play with The People’s Passion.

Find our more at

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.

Christmas Resources for 2018

Want to get a bit of Christmas preparation crossed off the ‘to do’ list? We’ve got just the thing with our newly available selection of Christmas scripts for 2018.

These are nine classic Riding Lights sketches, plus three carol service templates, highlighting the Christmas story from various angles. They’re humorous, punchy and give a few unexpected perspectives on the familiar gospel events.

…What were Joseph’s feelings about Mary’s pregnancy? The Son of God escapes to Egypt as a refugee. A remarkable birth draws people of faith from other cultures. A Bethlehem innkeeper with a night to remember. Herald and guardian angels in overdrive…

All these pieces are tried, tested and easy to stage with a few enthusiastic actors and readers. What’s more, included with the download is the licence to perform each of the pieces.

Get our Christmas resources from the shop…

Gospel Street: Tour Dates

Good News! We are excited to announce our performance dates for the tour of GOSPEL STREET this autumn.

It’s our second year touring this phenomenal show, and this time round the tour is even bigger with just under 40 performances between the 27th September and the 24th November. There are familiar venues and new ones, and we’re even getting over to Northern Ireland, following in the footsteps of this year’s Roughshod company.

We’re delighted to be back on the road, taking the dynamic and accessible version of the Gospel to communities round the UK. Using theatre, comedy and spoken word this is a breath-taking ride through all the important issues of life, death… and miraculous street food. All asking “what would you do if Jesus turned up on your street?”.

Want to find your nearest show? Just take a look at the map below…

Tour Dates


Date Venue  Tickets  Book Online
Thursday 22 November (7.30pm) Ray Presbyterian Church
Donations welcome
Box Office: 074915 7716
Please contact the venue for tickets
Friday 23 November (7.30pm) Holywood Baptist Church
N. Ireland, 
Donations welcome
Box Office: 028 9042 1519
Please contact the venue for tickets

Roughshod On The Road: Newcastle and Summer School

Our final base of the tour was going back to St. Luke’s and Junction 42 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

It was fantastic to catch up with so many of the friends we’d made back in March, and tell them some of the stories of what we’d gotten up to on tour. We worked in Churches, Schools, Prisons, Young Offenders Institutions, and Community Projects, meeting people from all across the Newcastle area and it was such a joy for us to see all the ways that God is moving in the North East.

After Newcastle we headed back to York to get ready for Summer School. We all had a different course to stage manage and lots of little performances and jobs to do so it was a very busy week! But it was lovely to spend time with the Summer School community, and we had so much fun getting to know and work with them all. Our last stop on tour was Scargill Retreat Centre which was a wonderful, friendly audience for our final show.

And then… we were done and the whirlwind of tour was over. All of us are now heading our separate ways to find out what God has planned for us next.

Roughshod has been an awesome adventure and non of it would have happened without the amazing generosity of every community and church which has hosted us over the past seven months. So it seems only right to sign off with a massive thank you to all of them, and to all of you, for the brilliant support you’ve given Roughshod 2018.