Kaleidoscope Tour Schedule

Touring the UK:
12 September – 2 November 2019

 

In a crowded house a man walks a new walk…  young lovers set a teeth-chattering example of faith… while a gangster starts up in the forgiveness business, a fool dreams of escape on a rocket to Mars…  and there’s a jaw-dropping moment for prisoners when singing unlocks the doors.

 

Among the manicured, self-managed images of the YouTube influencers and evaporating virtual dreams, this show celebrates substance and truth and joy.

 

Can the rich kaleidoscope of the good news of Jesus reveal new patterns which are life-changing in the 21st century? Is there an influencer we can trust to tell us the truth? Delight in us for who we are and help us build a community which values everyone?

List of Public Performances

Kaleidoscope

“It sparkled; it was brilliant.”
“The creativity and energy were just fantastic!”

In a crowded house a man walks a new walk… young lovers set a teeth-chattering example of faith… while a gangster starts up in the forgiveness business, a fool dreams of escape on a rocket to Mars… and there’s a jaw-dropping moment for prisoners when singing unlocks the doors.

Among the manicured, self-managed images of the YouTube influencers and evaporating virtual dreams, this show celebrates substance and truth and joy.

Can the rich kaleidoscope of the good news of Jesus reveal new patterns which are life-changing in the 21st century? Is there an influencer we can trust to tell us the truth? Delight in us for who we are and help us build a community which values everyone?

A vibrant, sparkling show, packed full of entertaining stories and comedy that connect with hopes and fears today.

 

Saturday 26 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £8 | £6 Concessions
Box Office: 01904 613000, in person at Friargate Theatre, or online: Book Now

We have closed our box office for the Clifton Parish Church performance to avoid tickets being sold without their knowledge over the weekend,  but there will be plenty of tickets available to buy on the door for that show.
Please note the Clifton performance will begin at 19:00.

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: October

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

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 25 October
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

Walking to Jerusalem

Passion Pit Theatre, in association with Amos Trust and Hodder & Stoughton, presents WALKING TO JERUSALEM: Blisters, hope and other facts on the ground.

2017 marked three major anniversaries in the Palestinian struggle: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fiftieth year of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza. To change the record after a century of injustice, a pilgrimage set out to walk from London to Jerusalem – in penance, solidarity, and hope. This was the inspiration of award-winning playwright, actor, and musician Justin Butcher (Scaramouche JonesThe Madness of George DubyaThe Devil’s Passion), who worked with human rights charity Amos Trust to mount the ‘Just Walk to Jerusalem’.

Calling for equal rights for all in the Holy Land, more than one hundred walkers took part. Only nine walked the whole way.

This is their story – walking journals and travellers’ tales on paths of pilgrimage and conquest, from monasteries and mountain passes to Bedouin camps and desert wadis across Europe and the Middle East — brought to life in a playful and inventive blend of theatre and stand-up directed by acclaimed theatre maker Matilda Reith (DanielGroundedRemains of the Day), with a haunting and evocative soundscape by Jack C. Arnold (Wild RoseWar & PeaceHoly Flying CircusAlbatross) and video montage created from live footage along the route, by award-winning artist Damian Hale (Sigur Ros, Chemical Brothers, U2).

Along Roman roads and refugee routes, with occasional outbreaks of blisters, tear gas and desert spirituality, virtuoso storyteller Justin Butcher traces the perils, pratfalls and marvels of the path to Jerusalem. A chronicle of serendipity: happenstances hilarious, infuriating and occasionally numinous – or, as pilgrims might say, encounters with the Divine.

“So impressive… interweaving face-to-face experiences and political realities, displays the kind of unusual empathy essential in that tangled and tragic situation.” Brian Eno — Artist & Musician

Image courtesy of Mark Kensett

 

Thursday 24 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £15 | £10 Concessions or online: Book Now
Box Office: 01904 613000

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: 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 20 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

Just Don’t Do It

It’s 1999 at Christian summer camp and enthusiastic youth leaders Trish and Tash are giving their top tips for ‘saving yourself until marriage’ to the teenage girls. No tempting the boys with inappropriate clothing, ‘safe’ dance moves and valuing virginity above all else is a script they know well, and one which Tash can deliver with personal zeal. Trish, however, is not so convinced. When she starts to rebel, Tash’s repressive tactics go into overdrive and the ground opens up beneath them. Literally. It will take an epic journey into a mythical realm, a surprising spiritual encounter and some singing vulva (puppets!) to reconsider everything they thought they knew about sex, faith and friendship.

Based on the performers’ personal experiences, American purity culture and an ancient matriarchal myth Just Don’t Do It is a ‘bonkers yet touching’ (***** Explore Reading) clown theatre debut from Beside Ourselves Collective.

Following the performance, Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce of the University of York will chair a Q&A discussion.

Written and devised by Beside Ourselves Collective

Directed by Deanna Fleysher

7 June 7.30pm
Ticket prices: £10 full, £8 conc

01904 613000 or Book Online

Part of the York Festival of Ideas

Into the Lab for 2019

Over the next few months Riding Lights are taking time to prepare our projects for 2019. We are heading into the ‘creative laboratory’ to plan, play and imagine what the next phase of the company’s work might look like.

We are excited about this chance to develop what we do, but that does mean that we will not be touring as many shows as usual for the first part of 2019.

Watch this space to find out more – or even better sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear about what’s happening.

On Tour…

But all this creative work doesn’t mean we won’t be performing. Our next national tour will be a revival of Paul Birch’s passion play The Narrow Road. Touring for Lent (25th March – 20th April), the play is a powerful piece of theatre which also includes space for reflection and corporate worship.

Booking is open now. Reserve a date by calling 01904 655317 or emailing Bethan on touring@rltc.org

Resources for Christmas and Easter.

What we do have available right now are resources for Christmas and Easter.

We’ve got Christmas scripts, a film of our play Crosslight, and even the materials to create your own instant Easter Play with The People’s Passion.

Find our more at ridinglights.org/resources/

Murder By Poe

A dark and dreadful night. A woman in white lost within a wood. And the only shelter is a house full of murderers.

Mixing funhouse tricks, Grand Guignol and a deadly game of cat and mouse, MURDER BY POE is a theatrical reimagining of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales of terror—”The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “William Wilson,” “The Purloined Letter,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

As each haunted figure tells a story of crime and mayhem, the woman must solve the puzzle of the house and the riddle of the man who ushers her into its mysteries.

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th December: 7.30pm

Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
Tickets: £8 & £6 (concessions)

Box Office: 01904 613000 or Book Now

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.

Coriolanus

York Shakespeare Project presents

A unique opportunity to see an all-female production of Shakespeare’s tale of power, politics and manipulation.

“Would you have me false to my nature?”
Caius Martius Coriolanus II.ii

Ancient Rome. The beginnings of the Roman Republic. Rome is in turmoil both in conflict with its warring neighbours but also within its own gates with its riotous citizens. Caius Martius, a soldier and military leader, is all set to become consul of Rome, but though he has the support of the Senate, he is hated by citizens and tribunes alike.

Who will rule, the people or the Senate? And what happens when a leader is betrayed by a city he has bled for? Is the system or the individual at fault?

This production asks the question: is it better to be true to yourself, or to compromise for the good of the state?

This will be play no.34 in York Shakespeare Project’s ambitious plan to stage all the bard’s plays by 2021.

28th, 29th, 30th November – 7.30.PM
and 1st December 2018 –  2.30.PM & 7.30.PM

Tickets: £14; concession £10
Box Office: 01904 613000 or Book Now

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

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a major UK and international film festival. It is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform to champion short film internationally.

The festival holds talent development at its core and leaves a lasting legacy by inspiring innovation in film. Its seventh edition runs over an unprecedented five day period, providing even more opportunities for talent development, networking and inspirational film viewing.­

You can find out more about the festival at asff.co.uk/asff2018
Single tickets, along with day and weekend festival passes are available from asff.co.uk/tickets

For more information about Friargate Theatre call 01904 655317.