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

The River

Wildgoose Theatre

The River

by Jez Butterworth
Directed by Andy Love

 

On a moonless night in August when the sea trout are ready to run, a man brings his new girlfriend to the remote family cabin where he has come for fly-fishing since he was a boy. But is she the only woman he has brought here, or indeed the last?

A fascinating psychological drama from the writer of “Mojo”, “Jerusalem” and “The Ferryman” as well as Sky Atlantic’s “Britannia”.

Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th April at 7:30pm
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April at 3:00pm

Tickets:
£12 full price, £10 early bird (Book before 17 March)
£10 concession (unwaged), £5 full time education.

Box Office: 01904 613000 or online

Reviews of previous productions of The River:

“The River is subtle, sleek and dark. Here is a sense of the mysterious and of kinship with others long gone. It is perhaps about time and eternity, about that spot on the river that, while always the same, is always changing. A wonderful play, glinting and elusive as a fish.” -Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

“The River is like a subtly crafted piece of chamber music. It is teasing, haunting and hushed. It is also damnably difficult to write about, as there is a mystery at its heart that I must not reveal.” Charles Spencer, Telegraph

Right Here Right Now: April

“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 20 April
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

It’s A Mystery

Riding Lights Junior Youth Theatre and York Festival Trust present

It’s A Mystery

Three modern Mystery Plays
by Angie Millard, Henry Raby and Tom Straszewsk

 

Stuck, with no way out. In the spotlight. Fighting as the world unravels… three old stories for a new generation.

Thomas is in the dark, buried underground and reeling from the loss of this greatest friend. Three policeman dig for the truth trying to make sense of a case where the suspects seem to know more than they should. A waterlogged bunch of refugees flee as the earth is being unmade around them.

Riding Lights Junior Youth Theatre present It’s A Mystery, working with the York Festival Trust and local writers to create modern retellings of three classic Mystery Play texts.

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd March
7.30pm

Box Office: 01904 613000 or book online

Right Here Right Now: March

“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 16 March
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: February

“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 23 February
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

Workshops at York Residents Festival

We’re hosting two free theatre workshops as part of York’s Resident’s Festival on Saturday 27th January.

Youth Theatre Taster Session: 11am – 12pm

An hour long taster session, showcasing the best of Riding Lights Youth Theatre. Play games, create characters, tell stories and learn some new skills!

Age Range: 11 – 18yrs

Stage By Stage Adult Workshop: 1pm – 2pm

Do you enjoy acting? Or want to try something new and creative? Come along for an hour-long taster session of our ‘Stage by Stage’ adult theatre workshop at Friargate Theatre.

Age Range: 19+

Pre-booking is required via telephone or email. Register for either workshop by calling 01904 613000 or email boxoffice@rltc.org.

Yorkshire Scandals

Re:Verse Theatre and Wildgoose Theatre

A double-bill of York-based domestic dramas exploring class, control, and the importance of the news

‘A Yorkshire Tragedy’
Written by William Shakespeare (or Thomas Middleton), directed by Ben Prusiner

A Jacobean domestic tragedy originally assigned to Shakespeare, but the cause of hot debate for centuries, A Yorkshire Tragedy is a verse re-telling of the true crime scandal of the murderous gambler Walter Calverley.

‘The Taskers’ Trials’
Written by Bill Hodson, directed by Andrew Love

Yorkshire family the Taskers, based on an amalgam of contemporary news stories, are struggling to keep their heads above water in the aftermath of a devastating accident. Joy-racing in an uninsured car, their eldest son runs over a young woman, leaving her in a coma. What can they do to keep their family from falling apart?

Both productions feature the same cast in visually striking presentations, with puppetry inspired by the classical Japanese style that brings the stories to their haunting conclusions.

Recommended for ages 14+

Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th January
7.30pm (except Sunday) with a Saturday and Sunday Matinee at 3.00pm

Tickets: £12. Concessions: £10 / Full Time Education: £5
(Call the box office to arrange group student bookings)

Box Office: 01904 613000 or online.

Cast:
Mark France
Anna Rose James
Annabel Lee
Jai Rowley
Josh Dowden
Emily Thane
Claire Morley

Set by Maggie Smales
Costume by Jenny Anderton
Sound design by Paul Hepworth
Lighting design by David Harrison
Puppetry by Rachel Price
Puppets designed by Laura Elizabeth Rice
Fight direction by Neil Tattersall
Stage Manager Lena Tondello

Faith In The Questions: York

Riding Lights Theatre Company and Scientists in Congregations present

Faith In The Questions

Counting The Clouds a new one act play by Nigel Forde


Followed by conversation with leading scientists

 

A respected scientist and a christian, Job’s work is wrestling with the unpredictable as well as predictable structure of the universe. Is God really in control?

When his personal world is shaken to the core, how can Job re-assemble the pieces of the puzzle – professionally and spiritually?

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask?

One of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Come and raise your questions…

FRIDAY 19th JANUARY: 7.30pm
HESLINGTON CHURCH, Field Lane, York, YO10 5EE

Tickets: Free.
Book online or by calling 01904 613000

Faith in the Questions was original performed in York at St Michael Le Belfrey Church as part of the York Festival Of Ideas. It is now touring the UK in January and February 2018. You can find the full tour dates here.

 

Where Adventure Begins: York Preview

written and directed by Paul Burbridge
designed by Sean Cavanagh and Anna Gooch
presented by New Wine and Riding Lights Theatre Company

Family is far from simple…

Brace yourselves as bold church leaders plunge headlong into the dizzy world of young discipleship. Gasp as perplexed parents hang on for the white-knuckle ride of the teenage years. Thrill in amazement as overworked, relentlessly positive Youth Worker, Ryan, negotiates a string of minor disasters on the famous camping trip to Wales. And what of Winston the cat’s role in family prayers?

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.

In a brilliantly entertaining show – real, touching, hilarious – Riding Lights create an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.

Previews at Friargate Theatre

Tuesday 9th January & Wednesday 10th January
7.30pm

Tickets: £10
Box Office: 01904 613000 or online