Summer Theatre School 2018: Course Tutors

We can now announce the tutors for all seven of our courses at this year’s Summer Theatre School.

There are lots of familiar faces for any of you who are returning for 2018, plus a couple of new ones. John Holden-White will bring his touring knowledge of a different drum to RL Express as they create their own production of this Riding Lights classic. Meanwhile Becky Peacock from Rhema Theatre Company will be joining Stage By Stage and Fiona Peck will be returning to help with Face The Music.

Equally exciting Owen Kingston is part of our big immersive theatre production created by both Get Your Act Together and The Full Works. Owen directed For King And Country, which is currently going down a storm at London’s CoLab Factory. Sign up for a unique chance to try your hand at a very different style of theatre.

 

Here’s a quick summary of the courses and tutors:

RIDING LIGHTS EXPRESS (age 14-18)
Tutors: John Holden-White & Sally Maddison

When plague suddenly arrives in the Derbyshire village of Eyam, the people face a nightmarish choice – flee or sacrifice themselves to stop the disease spreading? Tell inspiring stories of generosity and heroism from across the world all woven into our production of a different drum.

FACE THE MUSIC (age 14-18)
Tutors: Erin Burbridge, Tim Burnage & Fiona Peck

Create a dynamic new musical inspired by the 1930’s novel Brave New World and music from the contemporary hit show Songs for a New World.

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER (age 19-25)
Tutors: Jon Boustead, Owen Kingston & Abigail Oscroft

The Full Works and Get Your Act Together are joining forces to create an extra-ordinary, large scale piece of theatre. Led by the director of London’s newest immersive theatre venues, come and join this course to push the boundaries and engage the audience in a memorable way.

THE FULL WORKS (age 19-90)
Tutors: Jon Boustead, Owen Kingston & Abigail Oscroft

The Full Works and Get Your Act Together are joining forces to create an extra-ordinary, large scale piece of theatre. Led by the director of London’s newest immersive theatre venues, come and join this course to push the boundaries and engage the audience in a new and memorable way.

STAGE BY STAGE (age 19-90)
Tutors: Peter Hutchinson & Becky Peacock

100 years on from when women finally achieved the right to vote, Stage by Stage celebrates the dramatic struggle of the suffragettes with a spectacular staging of Bridget Foreman’s acclaimed community play, Everything is Possible (first performance at York Theatre Royal in 2017).

THREE ENTERPRISE (age 19-90) – COURSE FULL
Tutors: Paul Burbridge & Rich Hasnip

This popular course returns for a second year allowing participants to hone their skills in two of three theatre disciplines: acting, writing or directing. Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a Dream…’ speech will be the spring-board for Three Enterprise theatre-makers to create stirring mini-dramas on the theme of Justice.

TECHNICAL THEATRE (Age 16 – 90)
Tutor: Ollie Brown

This highly practical courses returns! Discover how to stage-manage a show successfully, rig and operate lighting and sound, as well as work with a director to bring one of the Summer School shows to life and to light.

So, has a particular course caught your eye or peaked your creative interest? If so, you can apply here.

Summer School 2017: Tutors announced

We can now announce the tutors for all seven of our courses at this year’s Summer Theatre School.

There’s lots of familiar faces for any of you who are returning for 2017, though we are also very pleased that Abigail Oscroft, our new youth theatre director, will be leading Riding Lights Express along with Summer School regular Sally Maddison.

Here’s a quick summary of the courses and tutors:

RIDING LIGHTS EXPRESS (age 14-18)
Tutors: Sally Maddison & Abigail Oscroft

A dynamic, fast-moving, physical theatre production all in one week. This year the Express company will bring their energy and comic imagination to George Orwell’s satire Animal Farm.

FACE THE MUSIC (age 14-18)
Tutors: Erin Burbridge, Tim Burnage & Edith Kirkwood

Sing, dance and act your heart out all week with a production of the 1961 Broadway classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER (age 19-25)
Tutors: Jonathan Bidgood & Owen Kingston

This course will not only create and perform some topical comedy sketches and stand-up routines but it will also learn how to film them. Devise it, script it, perform it, film it.

STAGE BY STAGE (age 19-90)
Tutors: Jon Boustead & Kelvin Goodspeed

Join this ambitious ensemble as they stage a play in a week, focusing on vivid characterisation and story-telling techniques. Stage By Stage will collaborate with members of Riding Lights Express to deliver a climactic production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

THE FULL WORKS (age 19-90)
Tutors: Rich Hasnip & Peter Hutchinson

For those who enjoy the fun and freedom of devising their own performance, through improvisation and exploring comic characters and situations. If you would like to create a sharp show, poking ‘serious’ fun at some of our current follies and foibles then this is the course for you!

THREE ENTERPRISE (age 19-90) – COURSE FULL
Tutors: Paul Birch & Paul Burbridge

Calling writers: three short comic plays will be written at the beginning of the week. Calling actors: performing skills will be honed in readiness. Calling directors: who will learn some trade secrets and practice them by staging these new plays… written, directed and performed by Three Enterprise.

TECHNICAL THEATRE (Age 16 – 90)
Tutor: Ollie Brown

This highly practical courses returns! Discover how to stage-manage a show successfully, rig and operate lighting and sound, as well as work with a director to bring one of the Summer School shows to life and to light.

So, has a particular course caught your eye or peaked your creative interest? If so, you can apply here.

Summer Theatre School 2017

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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.

Summer Theatre School 2015: A N.E.E.T. opportunity

Flying-Colours-030-5002---WEBWe’re thrilled to announce that we have a number of free places at this year’s Summer Theatre School for those not in education, employment or training (N.E.E.T.)

This opportunity has been made possible by the astonishing generosity of some of our Riding Lights Members. So if you know anyone who might benefit from a free place at this year’s Summer School (particularly if they’ve not attended previously), we’d love to offer them a space. Who do you know who would really benefit from a creative holiday? This could include someone who will finish their A Levels or a degree this summer, someone wanting to improve their theatre skills, or someone looking for work who just needs some time out and would really enjoy the week.

Interested? Give us a call on 01904 655317 or email bernadette@rltc.org.

Our Summer Theatre School is one of the highlights of our year, largely due to the lively, creative community it generates each year. In 2015 it is taking place at Queen Margaret’s school outside York on 25th July to 1st August.

You can read more about the week, and the courses on offer here.

Springs Dance at Summer Theatre School

We are very pleased to that Springs Dance Company will we joining us at our 2015 Summer Theatre School, leading a new Giant Leaps course. Here are the details…

GIANT LEAPS (age 19-90)

Googles-face An exciting new course which will use dance and movement to explore, communicate, worship and inspire.

Professional tutors from Springs Dance will work with participants to develop skills in a range of choreographic methods such as interpreting text through movement and, taking our Summer School theme, will devise a short piece for performance at the end of the week. Whilst energy and enthusiasm are prerequisites for Giant Leaps, the course is suitable for both those who are completely new to dance as well as those with prior dance training.

You can find out more about the full range of Summer School courses for 2015 here.

A NEET Summer School Opportunity

Flying Colours 030-5002We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer up to five free places for our 2014 Summer Theatre School, specifically for people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). All thanks to a very generous private donation.

We would love to make the Summer School available to anyone irrespective of price, but the reality is we have to charge a fee to cover the cost of the school, feeding everyone, providing a professional staff team, facilities, and importantly having some fun. While we try to keep costs to a minimum, one is inevitable. Therefore it’s wonderful when others as just as keen to help us make Summer School as even more accessible!

So, is there someone you know who would really enjoy our Summer School, but would struggle with the cost? Particularly, we’d love to offer these places to people who are new to the Summer Theatre School.

Of course you may not meet the criteria yourself, but please have a think about others who might benefit and spread the word. More info on the NEET places can be found on the costs page.

Don’t Forget – Early Booking ends 31 January

For those who are in education, employment or training, there are still options – don’t forget you can still apply for a bursary, and the 10% discount for early booking ends 31 January! More info here.

Early booking for Summer School 2014

Flying-Colours-Ladder-web2Did you know that application are now open for our Summer Theatre School 2014?

Each summer we welcome 100 adults and young people to join us in creating something rather special. With courses tackling scripted productions, story telling, devising and  musical theatre, Summer School is, without a doubt, one of our favourite weeks of the year.

So, from 26th July to 2nd August 2014 we’ll be returning to the beautiful surrounds of Queen Margaret’s School in York. It’s long been a favourite venue for our summer school with a fantastic theatre, excellent food, great accommodation and facilities, not to mention beautiful grounds.

They’ll be more information on the courses and the theme for the week, though we do know that we’re planning to run the same range of courses as last year (being super eager, the Face The Music tutors have already chosen the show participants will be tackling – you can find out here)

There’s more to say over on our Summer School pages of this website, but the key thing to note right now is that we have a 10% early booking discount for anyone who registers before the 31st of December 2013.

Summer Theatre School 2012

In case you missed it, booking is now open for the Riding Lights Summer Theatre School 2012.

In fact, tomorrow (Jan 31st) is the last day when you can get 10% off with an Early Booking Discount! 

We’ve been running a Summer Theatre School for over 10 years now, and it’s one of the creative highlights of our year. Few weeks are packed with so much skill, enthusiasm and creativity, and each year we’re bowled over by the imagination and talent of the people who make up the Summer School’s community.

With a group of about 120 people, including both professionals and first-time performers, aged anywhere from 14-90, Summer School is always an amazing mix.

Great Expectations

This year we’re taking on a Dickensian theme to celebrate the great novelist’s 200th birthday. Inspired by his lively story-telling and strong sense of social justice we’ll be using Charles Dickens’ writing as a springboard to creating a whole range of performances.

So, interested in joining us? Take a look at the Summer Theatre School microsite. We’d love to see you there.

Eyeing up the Early Booking Discount? Then apply by the 31st January using the online booking form.

Pictures galore!

Hello, its Andrew again. Here are some more pictures from Summer School, including Sporting Mayhem, The Member’s Event on Wednesday night and The Final Night Party on Friday night. Just like my last entry to this blog, what I have done is create a big collection of these photos on Flickr, with lots of little sets to make them easier to browse.

The whole collection can be found here or you can click on each picture below to be taken to a slide show of each of the sets I have made, or click on the title to see a gallery of the photos.

Sporting Mayhem

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Member’s Event

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The Final Night Party

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Lots More Summer School Photos

Hello, its Andrew writing again. I’ve just been sorting through all of the hundreds of photos I took at Summer Theatre School this year, and I have whittled them down to a number of little sets. There are far too many for me to show them all individually here, it would be an ugly mess, so what I have done is create a big collection of these photos on Flickr, with lots of little sets to make them easier to browse.

The whole collection can be found here or you can click on each picture below to be taken to a slide show of each of the sets I have made, or click on the title to see a gallery of the photos.

Behind The Lines

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Multi Story.Net

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Face The Music

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Flying Colours

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Giant Leaps

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Riding Lights Express

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Stage By Stage

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