Summer School Photographs

The Official Photos From Summer School! 🙂

Normally Jonathan writes these blog entries, but today he has asked me, Andrew, to upload a handful of the photos I took during this year’s Summer Theatre School. You will find photographs of almost everything that was produced in the week except the writers course, Behind The Lines, simply because their work doesn’t lend itself so naturally to being photographed!

Sporting Mayhem

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Wednesday Night’s “Members Event”

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Wednesday Night’s “Members Event”

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Wednesday Night’s “Members Event”

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Wednesday Night’s “Members Event”

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Wednesday Night’s “Members Event”

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Multi Story.Net

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Multi Story.Net

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Giant Leaps

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Giant Leaps

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Face The Music

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Face The Music

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Face The Music

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Face The Music

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Flying Colours

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Flying Colours

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Riding Lights Express

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Riding Lights Express

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Stage By Stage

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Stage By Stage

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Stage By Stage

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer Theatre School Party!

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Summer School

It’s been tricky trying to keep the blog updated in the last few days of the Summer School. How to fit in blogging time, never mind time to download or upload pictures, in the midst of so much activity!! The absence of an internet connection other than a slightly slow one through my phone hasn’t helped much either……

Anyway, I’ll get some more pictures up as soon as possible but I’m off to London with the Palestinian group on Monday afternoon. We’ll celebrate Elena’s 18th birthday that day and we’ll then be sightseeing in London on Tuesday. They’re off home on Wednesday but won’t reach Beit Jala until Thursday. Hopefully they’ll be able to check in Amman if Hani’s luggage is still there as it never arrived here.

A little encouragement that I’m not just writing all this for myself would be great. Just add a few (publishable!) comments to this post to let me know there’s someone out there………..

Thanks to all of you who were there for helping to make it yet another fantastic week in the life of Riding Lights.

Also, don’t forget the Facebook group for those who were at the Summer School.

Summer School – Days Four and Five





Tuesday and Wednesday were busy working days at the Summer School with the shows that each course is presenting starting to come together. For those working on existing scripts it is the slog of getting through all the blocking and starting to give the play some shape and character. For those on devised courses its time to start making some decisions and some late nights for those staff who have to write scripts coming from the improvised work of the day. These shows also need to be cast and rehearsed so as we move to Thursday the pressure is starting to show a bit.

Thankfully the rather noisy and messy work cutting and digging up a bit of school playground right in the middle of our working areas has been postponed until we’ve gone. A huge relief!

On Tuesday evening the participants had an opportunity to take part in workshops on a variety of different skills -clowning, singing, dancing, acting etc.. Wednesday night saw our ‘Exclusive Members’ Event’ – an chance for those of us who work for Riding Lights to say thank you to all those who are here who give to the company throughout the year by donating money to our work. Our Palestinian guests were made honorary members for the night but quite what they made of us holding a slightly madcap Christmas party we’re not sure!! Party games, carols around the piano, a festive sketch and even a Christmas message from the Queen! Photos from this event soon!

Last night, at a midweek service presented by the Expressway group, Elena Shaer said a few words on behalf of the group visiting the Summer School from Palestine and we also enjoyed a Palestinian dance which Elena and Sari had taught to others who joined them on stage. There was also a much enjoyed improptu game of football yesterday afternoon.

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Summer School – Day Two




After a Communion Service in the morning focusing on the Sermon on the Mount, the week’s work began in earnest in the afternoon. Our young guests from Palestine are all on the Giant Leaps course which is being led by Clyde Bain, Suzi Fowler and Leanne Sedin. Together the group will devise a performance using movement and voice techniques which will be performed on Friday morning. In the evening there was a storytelling performance by The Golden Horde called Silk Road Stories.

Summer School – Day One

Riding Lights Summer School 2008 began yesterday afternoon. After an introductory session for all the courses there was a ‘welcome’ meeting for staff and participants and a performance by Riding Lights Roughshod of extracts from their show Hope Street.

Summer School ‘Hoodie’

Given the weather (!), we’ve put away the usual Summer School t-shirts this year and are instead offering you the opportunity to buy a ‘hoodie’ unique to STS ‘08. Glamorously modelled here by two of your very own Summer School staff (Andrew and Jenny) one of these special tops can be yours in time for the start of Summer School if you get your order in before Friday 18th July. Just phone the office (01904 655317) and let us know what size you want (S/M/L/XL). You can pay by card over the phone and the hoodies cost £25 each.

Things can happen….

One way or another people seem to return to the Summer School…. Three members of our current Roughshod company have attended the Summer School as participants in the past and they are certainly not the first STS ‘graduates’ to work for Riding Lights – there have been many others. This year we are very pleased to have with us Sarah and Ned Lunn who met at the Summer School a few years ago, got engaged at the Summer School in 2006 and last year were married at St Michael le Belfrey Church in York where Sarah’s father (and Riding Lights’ Chaplain!!), Ian Birkinshaw, was until recently Associate Minister.

Facebook

If you’re coming on the Riding Lights Summer School, don’t forget to join our group on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25324479828&ref=ts

Just click to apply and if you’re a Summer School participant or member of staff then we’ll make you a member of the group.

Of course if you are not coming on the Summer School but would like to stay in touch with Riding Lights through Facebook then you can lways join the Riding Lights ‘fan’ group at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Riding-Lights-Theatre-Company/7184841018?ref=ts