Roughshod On The Road: Maidenhead pt.2

We can never say no to food and we were each given an Easter egg from the team at Larchfield Community Centre. Thank you if you’re reading this!

Not content with spending just a week in Maidenhead, we were excited to be spending a further few days there before the Easter weekend. We had more fun working with primary and secondary school students and performing for adults and families in community centres, which provoked some wonderful reactions including people singing along with our rendition of Amazing Grace. On top of the schools and events of the previous week, we delivered a further 3 assemblies, 3 workshops and performed various extracts from our repertoire twice.

My personal highlight this week was performing The People’s Passion with our base churches in the Town Hall. The People’s Passion is an instant passion play, allowing groups to perform the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We used it as an act of worship as part of a Palm Sunday service. It was clear how moved people were by being able to picture the events in front of them. Everyone really enjoyed it and performing in a space that was the closest to a theatre we had experienced up to that point, was a bonus!

We have some exciting events lined up over the next couple of weeks which we are really looking forward to. But for now, the remainder of our Easter eggs and some rest calls!

Beth.

Roughshod On The Road: Maidenhead

Last Sunday we set off for our second stop of the tour – Maidenhead, where we’d be for 10 days!

Here’s a Roughshod selfie with Jeremy, Joan and Sally – the brilliant vicars from the 3 churches we were working with.

 

For the first week we were linked with 3 local churches and worked in 6 schools delivering in total 4 assemblies, 1 performance and 7 workshops. As well as the schools work, we performed/ worked with a group for adults with additional needs, a messy church event, a church breakfast event and performed our show ‘Deliver’ on the Saturday night.

It was a very busy week but filled with lots of new experiences for both the churches/schools and the roughshod team. A highlight for me (as well as being back near my home turf down south) was being able to make hundreds of children (plus their teachers) laugh and smile at the start of each day and having such a positive response from all the schools. It’s the first time that Roughshod has visited Maidenhead and it’s amazing to see the great impact that it’s made on all parts of the community!

Martha 🙂

Roughshod On The Road: Newcastle

Newcastle – our first stop as the Roughshod Deliver company. And what a week we had! By numbers: 1 church service, 1 ex-offenders meeting, 1 full show, 2 school assemblies (covering tiny tots to sixth-formers) and 9 hours of workshops, reaching over 700 people.

A highlight: We performed at a Junction 42 meeting for ex-offenders. We spent some time singing with everyone there – seriously, like nothing else! – and then we performed about 40 minutes of our sketches. During our finale of Amazing Grace the whole audience joined in – eclipsing us quite spectacularly. The sense of freedom in that room was almost tangible. One man had decided to follow Christ at last year’s Roughshod performance. It was humbling and edifying to find out what had happened in his life since then and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

It has been a great start to the tour, and hopefully the first of many action packed weeks. If you want to keep up with where we are and what we’re doing, why not give us a follow. We’re on facebook, twitter and instagram. We’ll have plenty more to shout about…

Cheers, Jared

Support needed for Acting Up!

We have recently learned that the Children In Need funding for Acting Up! has not been renewed.

Acting Up! is our Youth Theatre with extra provision for young people with additional needs and disabilities. We have an amazing group of young people and practitioners involved, and it provides a unique space for creativity in York. Therefore we are fighting to keep Acting Up! running, looking for extra funding and planning how we can keep it going. However it costs a little more to run than our other Youth Theatres, employing extra, specialist staff who make sure everyone who comes to the sessions is properly supported.

 

We’ve already raised a very generous £3000 at our Members’ Day at the start of March. This will help cover our costs and pay staff up until the Summer half term, giving us a vital buffer while we find an alternative source of funding for this unique Youth Theatre.

Can you help?

We’d like to raise more, making sure we can run Acting Up! for another year. Our target is £9000 to see us through to next February. We are pursuing various possibilities because Acting Up! is a hugely important and vulnerable part of the Riding Lights family.

Donate via Just Giving

Please help if you can. Small gifts add up surprisingly quickly and we are grateful for each one. If you would like more information, or would like to donate via another method other than Just Giving, give us a call on 01904 655317 or email info@rltc.org

Thank you!

Youth Theatre: Summer Applications Open

Applications are now open for the summer youth theatre courses. Below is a run down of what each group will be working on.

You can apply online, or by downloading an application form and sending it to Friargate Theatre. The deadline for applications id Monday 16th April.

JUNIOR YOUTH THEATRE
Pull The Strings

Sock, shadow, table top. Bring to life a wide variety of puppets with Junior Youth Theatre this term.

Have fun while you create characters, make your own puppet, and turn a mop into your Great Aunt Mildred. Discover what it takes to become an excellent puppeteer while developing your character building and storytelling skills. This term – you pull the strings!

16th April – 2nd July
(Except Bank Holidays – 7th May, half term – 28th May & 2nd July)

Cost: £80 (Bursaries are available, please ask)

 

SENIOR YOUTH THEATRE
Site Works

‘All the world’s a stage’
As You Like It. Act II Scene VII (Shakespeare)

This term will challenge you to create theatre in and for unconventional spaces. Inspired by work from site-specific theatre companies such as Coney, PunchDrunk, and Blast Theory, we will head out of the theatre to find our own stages. Throughout the sessions there will be opportunities to work with existing text, sharpen up your writing skills, and devise your own site works.

17th April – 26th June
(Except Half Term – 29th May)

Cost: £80 (Bursaries are available, please ask)

 

ACTING UP!
Weird World

What if… we are not alone? What if… you found you had a hidden power? What if the rest of the world became disabled…but you were not?

This term, building on last term’s work, we’ll be exploring some weird worlds from speculative fiction – HG Wells, John Wyndham, and many others – dramatising surprising short stories and working towards a scripted summer show to be performed on the 11th and 12th of July.

18th April – 27th June
(Except Half Term – 30th May)

Tech rehearsal: 10th July
Performance Dates: 11th – 12th July
Additional Saturday rehearsals TBC.

Cost: £70 (Bursaries are available, please ask)

Introducing Roughshod 2018

Andrew, Beth, Esther, Jared and Martha, our new Roughshod Company are in rehearsal right now, preparing to deliver a fast paced mix of theatre, comedy and insight to the world.

Specifically they’ll be delivering in the following places…

Roughshod Bases 2018

11 March – 17 March Newcastle
18 March – 28 March Maidenhead

(Easter break)

15 April – 21 April Loreto College, Manchester
22 April – 29 April Scotland
29 April – 8 May N Ireland
9 May – 19 May York
23 May – 28 May Aylesbury
29 May – 3 June week tbc

3 June – 23 June Mini Tour (Dates still available)

24 June – 30 June Reigate
1 July – 7 July Saddleworth (tbc)
8 July – 14 July Sheffield
15 July – 21 July Newcastle

29 July – 6 August Summer Theatre School

In each of these communities Roughshod will be performing their new revue show ‘Deliver’ as well as taking workshops into schools, churches, community centres, prisons and more. If you’d like a peek into the rehearsal room and to keep up with everything Roughshod are doing we’d suggest liking their Facebook page or following them on Twitter or Instagram.

Is your area missing out?

We still have spaces on the mini-tour for one night Roughshod performances. Get in touch with Bethan on 01904 655317 and you could bring Roughshod to your community.

Where Adventure Begins: Rehearsal photos

Straight back after new year and this week we’re putting the finishing touches to Where Adventure Begins, which goes on tour next week.

Here’s a few photos from the rehearsal room:

Created in partnership with New Wine the show explores the question of why it is important to communicate faith to children, both in church and at home. Real, touching and hilarious, this is an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.

Watch the trailer here, or book tickets for the tour at: new-wine.org/adventurebegins 

 

Faith In The Questions: Tour Dates

Dates are now available for the upcoming tour of Faith in the Questions. After a very successful run in York as part of the city’s Festival Of Ideas, the event is now touring the UK in January and February 2018.

The night includes a one-act play, Counting the Clouds, which is followed by a lively panel discussion with leading scientists looking at the many questions surrounding science and faith. Tickets are free for every event, and it’s not to be missed. Best suited to ages 16 and up.

Tour Dates and Box Office

Tickets for all Faith In The Questions events are free.
You can book tickets using the buttons below or call 01904 613000.

 

Monday 19th February (7.30pm) St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall, London Available on
the door
Tuesday 20th February (7.30pm) St James’, Tunbridge Wells Book Now
Wednesday 21st February (7.30pm) Verwood Methodist Church, Dorset Book Now
Thursday 22nd February (7.30pm) St Michael’s, Southampton Book Now
Friday 23rd February (7.30pm) St Michael’s Centre, Bristol Book Now
Saturday 24th February (7.30pm) Exeter Cathedral Book Now

 

Gospel Street: Production Photos

Last night we had a fantastic preview of GOSPEL STREET in York and the cast are now on the road heading for their first show up in Edinburgh.

Dynamic and powerful, the show takes stories from the four gospels and drops them onto a modern day street. It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Want a taste? Here’s a few photos from the dress rehearsal taken by Tom Jackson

Gospel Street is touring until the end of November. You can find your nearest Gospel Street performance here.

The People’s Passion – now available

We are very pleased to announce that next week The People’s Passion is now available to download!

A powerful piece of theatre and worship, The People’s Passion brings together a whole congregation to witness the events of Jesus’ last week. There are parts to play for groups and parts for individuals, music to underscore the text and moments of reflection. Riding Lights provides the script, you provide the cast.

This is an instant passion play which any church can create, bringing people together to tell the Easter story, with just a little preparation and no rehearsal.

The resources include:

  • Organisers Handbook with full instructions for creating the event
  • Full script & licence to perform The People’s Passion
  • Powerpoint slides of the script
  • Music underscore
  • Artwork for publicity

The People’s Passion will also soon be available as a hard copy, including a printed guide and memory stick that holds all of the digital resources. The download costs £40. The hard copy version will incur a charge for postage and packing.

The People’s Passion is a great way to gather your community together for a unique experience of the Easter story. Riding Lights has performed The People’s Passion at our annual Summer Theatre School, at Spring Harvest, and with a smaller group of about 20 people at Friargate Theatre. It works equally well with different numbers of people.

You can find out more at ridinglights.org/peoples-passion.