Surprise Ending (York Big City Read)

by Bridget Foreman
for York Explore and The Big City Read 2018

Everything in Eric’s life seems to be shrinking. His trousers are getting tighter, he’s being moved to a flat with no garden, and he’s had to get a smaller TV. Even Kit Kats have been re-sized.

The only thing that’s getting bigger is his granddaughter, Smidge, with her life full of things he barely understands: technology, kick-boxing and Minecraft.

Then one night, everything changes for Smidge, and a trip to the library expands Eric’s universe into a whole new dimension. Playwright Bridget Foreman has written Surprise Ending which will be performed by York-based Riding Lights Theatre Company in all of our libraries and at surprise locations all over the city. Surprise Ending is a fun, light-hearted short play which will make you think about reading in a completely different way.

Take a look at the programme below to find out where your nearest performance is, book a ticket and come along, it would be rude not to!

Tickets are £2.50 and can be booked through the York Explore website.

Tour Dates:

DATE TIME VENUE
Wednesday 10 October 6.30-7.30pm York Explore
Thursday 11 October 6-7pm Acomb Explore
Friday 12 October 11am-12noon Mobile Library
check www.yorkexplore.org for the venue
Friday 12 October 2-3pm Tang Hall Explore
Saturday 13 October 2.30-4pm York Explore
Saturday 13 October 7.30-9.30pm Friargate Theatre
plus Q&A with the playwright Bridget Foreman
Monday 15 October 2-3pm Delwood House, Fulford
Monday 15 October 7-8pm Dringhouses Library
Tuesday 16 October 3-4pm Rowntree Park Reading Cafe
Wednesday 17 October 2.30-3.30pm Haxby Explore at Wigginton Recreation Hall
Wednesday 17 October 6.30-7.30pm City Mills, Skeldergate
Thursday 18 October 2-3pm Foxwood Community Centre
Thursday 18 October 6-7pm Clifton Explore
Saturday 20 October 2-3pm New Earswick Library
Monday 22 October 2-3pm Honeysuckle House, Dringhouses
Tuesday 23 October 2-3pm Dunnington Library
Wednesday 24 October 2-3pm The Glebe, Dunnington
Thursday 25 October 2-3pm Copmanthorpe Library
Thursday 25 October 7-8pm Bishopthorpe Library
Friday 26 October 2.15-3.15pm Strensall Library
Friday 26 October 6.30-7.30pm Fulford Library
Monday 29 October 2.30-3.30pm Huntington Library
Monday 29 October 6.30-7.30pm Glen Lodge, Heworth
Tuesday 30 October 6.30-7.30pm Poppleton Library

Gospel Street

…it’s good news

People are out on the street.

Another generation is looking for answers – a rich young executive, an angry gang leader, religious fanatics streaming live, baristas, professors, YouTubers, activists, a surprising refugee and the pizza delivery bloke who bought some seriously expensive jewellery.

Despite their differences and social divisions, everyone wants to meet one extraordinary person: Jesus has arrived on their street. There’s always trouble on the street and he’s looking to do something about it…

GOSPEL STREET is a powerful mix of theatre, comedy and spoken word – a breath-taking ride through all the important issues of life, death… and miraculous street food. Good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November: 7.30pm
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL

£10 / £8 (concessions)
01904 613000 or book online:  Friday / Saturday

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office.
If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs.

Right Here, Write Now (Big City Read edition)

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

York’s regular comedy improv night returns and this time we’re lost in a good book.

There’s no script, no safety net, and a lot of laughs as our intrepid actors skip the page and take to the stage, making it all up on the spot.
You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s weekend. It’s funny, it’s foolish and it’s fit for family audiences.

Join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 26 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or  Book Online

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs

Drift

Drift


Choreography | Anthony Middleton (theMiddletonCorpus)
Digital artist / projection | Ed Grimoldby (Grim Visions)

Composition | Jon Hughes
Set | Dave Searle
Costume | Anthony Middleton

NOTE |
Drift is a response to the nature of our changing world and climate. We see the initial mesmeric presence of a drifting mountain of ice, the iceberg. But this iceberg’s presence carries a disturbing reality, it’s a sign of the breaking up of the polar ice-caps, a symbol of the climactic shift and increase in temperature.

A collaboration between artists, Anthony Middleton (theMiddletonCorpus) and Ed Grimoldby (Grim Visions), Drift is the accumulated presentation of their recent research and development period. As a project, Drift is an innovative and unique performance, combining the mediums of live performance, projection mapping and natural elements, in one setting.

This research project has been supported with fund from Arts Council England, along with contributions of support from patterns ‘Kala Sangam’, ‘Dance Studio Leeds’ and Hull University’.

The future of Drift
As an initial short scratch performance, Drift is the beginnings of the development of a much larger creation, particularly created for gallery spaces and theatre spaces. As the work grows, the work will expand to include interactive experiences, a publication of images in the form of a photography book as well as a physical exhibition of photography, that can be programmed alongside the performance.

Thursday 4 October
7pm

Tickets: £10 & £8 (concessions)
from York Theatre Royal Box office: 01904 623568 or online

 

Right Here Right Now – September

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions.

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s weekend. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

So join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 28 September
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or online

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs

Right Here Right Now: July

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions.

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s weekend. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

Join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 13 July
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or online

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs

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?

Acting Up! present some unexpected stories and speculative fictions this summer. Inspired by authors such as HG Wells, John Wyndham, and many others.

Specifically designed for Youth Theatre members with additional needs or disabilities, Acting Up! is the ideal place for young people needing more support to get involved with Drama in a safe and encouraging environment.

Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th July
7.30pm

Tickets: £7 / £5 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000

Right Here Right Now: June

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions.

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s weekend. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

Join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 22 June
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or online

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs

Roughshod at Thy Kingdom Come, York

Roughshod 2018 are performing at a whole range of events for Thy Kingdom Come in York this May.

This includes two public performances of their show ‘Deliver’ at York Central Methodist Church (City Centre – 12th May) and St Chad’s Church (Knavesmire – 19th May) as well as popping up at other local church events.

There will also be street performances in St Helen’s Square on the Saturday 12th and Tuesday 15th and outside York Minster before the beacon event on Sunday 20th May. Through out the week Roughshod will also be working in local secondary schools and running workshops in prisons.

Here’s some more about the performances…

Roughshod: Deliver

Five young people in search of their futures reveal some surprising stories of hope in their new faith-filled show for 2018.

A passenger on a train gets help from an unexpected stranger, a community is transformed by a shattering lesson, a small time crook gets an offer he can’t refuse…

Mixing comedy, dramatic storytelling, spoken word and the personal experience of the actors themselves, Riding Lights Roughshod deliver a show that asks: what happens when God intervenes in ordinary lives?

In an anxious world of mixed messages it can be hard to find truth among the headlines.

Join our five performers for an energetic, entertaining show about faith, hope and everything in between.

York Performance Details:

Date Venue Box Office
Saturday 12 May (7.30pm) Central Methodist Church,
St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NQ
Tickets: £5
01904 612171
Saturday 19 May (7.30pm) St Chad’s Church
36 Campleshon Road, York, YO23 1EY
Tickets: £5
07921 406178

Right Here Right Now: May

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’

Our Improvisers are back on a mission to make your ‘Merry, Merry Month of May’ even merrier with another jam-packed night of comedy nonsense.

It may not be a Royal wedding or contain a Royal baby but it is surely an event not to be missed. So, come and join us for our own indoor street party and hurl suggestions as our own monarchs of mirth compete to win the coveted Right Here, Right Now crown.

It’s refreshing, It’s ridiculous, it’s a right Royal rumble…but who will reign supreme?

Friday 11 May
7.30pm

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000 or online

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs