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

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

Right Here Right Now – November

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

Sparks will fly in November’s explosive edition of RHRN!

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 23 November
7.30pm

Tickets: £5 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

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.

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