The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

adapted from Oscar Wilde by Jon Boustead
Director Paul Burbridge
Designer Anna Gooch

The Giant is angry.  He’s been away visiting friends for seven years and returns to find children – children! – playing happily in his beautiful garden!    

Every day after school, they come and run about, laughing and playing games under the blossom on his peach trees, listening to the delightful songs of the birds.  So he puts up a big wall and an even bigger KEEP OUT notice to put a stop to all that. Then winter seizes the garden in its icy fingers…

Will this grip ever be broken?

Through vivid, interactive story-telling, music, puppetry and humour, Riding Lights brings you this brilliant story of transformation.  No one, not even the story-tellers themselves, can be left unaffected by this inspiring tale of love and generosity.

Riding Lights has an outstanding reputation for bringing memorable shows to family audiences both nationally and in Yorkshire.

Performances at Friargate Theatre

21 December 11am and 3pm

Book online or call 01904 613000
Tickets £7 adult & £5 child

Suitable for ages 3 and up.

The Narrow Road- Touring Lent 2020

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a tour of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, during the season of Lent 2020.

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.

Following a successful revival of the play last year, it is available for booking between the 16th March and the 11th April. Please get in touch with our Tour Booker, Louise Barclay Johnson on louise@rltc.org or call 01904 655317 for more information on cost and booking.

Audience responses to previous tours of The Narrow Road:

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

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

“The performance was so powerful so very accomplished and clever, the way the scripture interlinked, it made us think.”
 
“A packed hall, an amazing play and a wonderful preparation for Easter Day.”

The Kaleidoscope Tour

Dynamic, sharp theatre with a new twist…

Touring 14 September – 31 October 2019 – Booking Now!

The Kaleidoscope Tour is built for you and your community – let us know how we can help you to best serve those in your area. If you are familiar with our previous Roughshod companies this tour works along the same lines but aims to be even more flexible to your needs. We can offer:

Colourful Performances…

There are performances of almost any length (up to 90 minutes) available for schools and youth clubs, assemblies and church services, prisons and colleges with storytelling and comic sketches to challenge and delight. There is also a brand new full length show ‘Breaking Ground’ available.

Brilliant Sessions in Schools…

We can offer sessions in both primary and secondary schools. A range of performances, lessons, and workshops on a range of up to the minute topics, including social media influencing, violence, image awareness, and transitions from primary school.

Light in Local Prisons…

We have illuminating performances and workshops shaped for the needs of prisoners, and a brand new show written specially for prisons too.

Connecting with Your Events…

Do you have events you’d like the team to be present at? Or an event you need help preparing for? Maybe you think a bit of street theatre would really liven up a fundraiser, or have a special service that could use some thought-provoking sketches to bring out the message. Maybe your own drama group could use a workshop ahead of their big performance. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Kaleidoscope will be as flexible as possible – you can book it for an evening performance, a day of workshops, a few days, a week, or even longer – whatever you and your community need. The tour will be on the road from the 14th September till the 31st October. Prices for the work will vary, starting from £500.00 +VAT for a single night’s performance, and it would be on a sliding scale from there. We never want cost to be a barrier to people if they want their community to access our work, so if you would value a conversation about the cost please do let us know.

BOOKING NOW – Contact us on esther@rltc.org or 01904 655317 today!

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

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.

Where Adventure Begins: partnering with New Wine

We are very pleased to announce that in 2018 Riding Lights will be partnering with New Wine to produce a new show all about growing faith in the family.

Touring the UK from January to March 2018 Where Adventure Begins is a brilliantly entertaining show – real, touching and hilarious – an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.

Here’s the trailer which is being show at New Wine events this summer:

Meet Jake, Jasmine and Ellie as they re-live their childhood and teenage experiences of Christian faith at home and at church.
Nobody knows how it will turn out, but everyone’s agreed that we need to keep together on the adventure of faith.

To find out more about hosting a performance for your church contact Jo Foster on 07855 403029 or email jo.foster@new-wine.org.

Head over to www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins to find out more and see the performance dates already booked in.

Crosslight: Trailer

Next week our 2017 passion play, Crosslight, goes into rehearsal. We’re delighted to welcome Sarah Finch, John Holden-White and Matthew Rutherford back for a second tour.

We also have a brand new trailer using some of Tom Jackson’s stunning photos and Jonathan Bidgood’s excellent music from the show. Take a look…

You can find your closest performance of Crosslight at ridinglights.org/crosslight or give us a call 01904 613000.

Three Cheers For Christmas: Photos

We’ve got not one, but two casts touring with this year’s Christmas production – Three Cheers For Christmas!

Below are a few photos of Jake and Emily performing (who you may also recognise from Roughshod earlier this year). All photos taken by Andrew Dyer.

You can find tour dates for both shows at ridinglights.org/three-cheers as well as a tour map to help you find your nearest performance.