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 esther@rltc.org 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 rob@rltc.org)

  • 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.

Faith In The Questions – in York

Leading scientists are heading to church to debate the relationship between science and faith.

Professor Tom McLeish and Professor Stephen Smye, along with other stellar scientists, will be engaging in vigorous discussion at Faith In The Questions as part of the York Festival Of Ideas.

We’ve partnered with Scientists in Congregations, to tour a number of Faith In The Questions events, the first of which are taking place in York from June 8 to June 10 at St Michael le Belfrey church. The evening starts at 7.30pm and is free.

The evening begins with Counting The Clouds, an inventive new one-act play by Nigel Forde. It will grapple with the scientific and personal challenges which arise from the debate surrounding belief and scientific enquiry. In the Q&A session that follows, audience members will be invited to raise their own questions.

Counting the Clouds has been written for the evening by poet, playwright and long-standing Riding Lights collaborator Nigel Forde. The play the biblical figure of Job as a modern-day scientist. Job wrestles with the unpredictable structure of the universe, asking if God could possibly be in control?

Or is that even a reasonable question to ask? When Job’s personal world is shaken to the core, how can he reconcile the pieces of the puzzle that emerges?

Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University and also chairs the Royal Society’s Education Committee. He has won several awards both in Europe and the US for his work on molecular rheology of polymers. Professor Stephen Smye is a specialty cluster lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network based at King’s College London.

You can find out more, and book tickets here. Or call our box office on  01904 613000.

Summer Theatre School 2016: Having Fun With Shakespeare

STS 2016 - flyer coverThe Riding Lights Summer Theatre School is back with the help of a certain Mr. William Shakespeare!

We will be joining in the 400 year anniversary celebrations by offering seven fantastic courses all with a Shakespearean twist!

It doesn’t matter if you have never done any bardolatry before there really is something for everyone in this theatrical feast of music, drama, comedy and creativity. Actor, Writer, Musician or Technician? There will be at least one course which will put you and your skills centre-stage. Take a look at the full list on the courses page.

Our 2016 Summer School is taking place at Queen Margaret’s School, York on the 30th July to 6th August 2016. There are lots to love about the week, it’s taught by professional theatre makers, situated in the beautiful grounds of Eskrick Park, with excellent accommodation and performances spaces. Our favourite thing, however, is the wonderful creative community that develops over the summer school. It’s a brilliant week… all it needs is you!

You can find more information and an application form on the Summer School section of this website.

Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Opymlic© Feat

MONSIEUR DE COUBERTIN’S MAGNIFICENT OPYMLIC© FEAT!

“Riding Lights must take Gold for packing non-stop humour and fast-paced historic and cultural detail into a first-class performance.” YORK PRESS

London is limbering up for an athletic summer. The stadium is built, the torch is lit and grants for the cultural olymp-events are handed out. But not to everyone.

Taking this hurdle in his stride, theatre entrepreneur Simon Baxendale goes ahead with a national tour of the show which everyone will want to see: the glorious, remarkable and often hilarious story of the rebirth of the Opymlic© Games in Athens in 1896…

Enter onstage Baron Pierre de Coubertin, boasting an impressive moustache and an even larger sporting vision, inspired by everything from Ancient Greece to Tom Brown’s Schooldays. He wants to re-invigorate the world, body mind and spirit, with heroic sporting endeavours… and this time he wants everyone to wear clothes!

But long before any shorts are pulled on in earnest, Monsieur de Coubertin has his own marathon to run, discovering, not for the last time, that international sport is far from an easy game. Epic, energetic and full of unusual sporting skills, Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Opymlic© Feat! is an exhilarating new show about the revival of what has become the greatest sporting event on the planet.

Call 01904 613000 or visit our online ticket portal to book