Colder Than Here

Colder Than Here

by Laura Wade

Directed by Louise Larkinson
Produced by Wildgoose Theatre

Death is the ultimate fact of life, but in an age when many of us might prefer to see death as an optional extra, Laura Wade’s play, ‘Colder Than Here’, is a timely wake up call.
Wife and mother of two, Myra, has no choice but to face this fact. She is suffering with terminal bone cancer. She is determined to die on her own terms, so pathos is to be expected – though you might not expect a play about a painful death, to be so funny.

In the same way that Myra has organised her life, so she organises her death – checking out potential burial plots and making funeral plans. As she points out: “You have to find things to do. When you’re off work with dying.”

Meanwhile, Myra’s husband, Alec, is struggling to get the boiler fixed, “I can’t really do problems”, and her daughters, Harriet and Jenna, are dealing with their mother’s illness in very different ways – but have their own issues to confront. This is a family which has never had, and may never acquire, “this fully-functioning- Talking thing.”

‘Colder Than Here’ is an unsentimental play of love, death and grief, which ‘balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.’ It is about control, cardboard coffins and woodland burials. It’s about a family’s preparation for the inevitable and the conversations which many of us dread.

‘Colder Than Here’ was first performed at London’s Soho Theatre in 2005 and this production from Wildgoose Theatre, marks its premiere performance in York.

Praise for Wildgoose Theatre:
“Wildgoose are one of York’s theatrical gems, quietly going about the business of making high quality theatre with local ingredients.”
(Charles Hutchinson, York Press)

 

Times and Tickets:

Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th October at 7:30pm
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 (Full price) / £10 (Concessions) – Over 60s, Unwaged, Full Time Education
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.

An amateur production by permission of Samuel French Ltd

 

Surprise Ending (plus Q&A with Bridget Foreman)

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 for only £2.50 and come along, it would be rude not to!

 

Performance of Surprise Ending
followed by a Q and A with the playwright, Bridget Foreman

Saturday 13 October
7.30pm – 9.30pm

Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
01904 613000

Touring

Roughshod 2018

THEATRE · COMEDY · DRAMA · INSIGHT

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.

Touring 11th March – 28th July 2018
To churches, schools, arts centres, prisons and other communities round the UK.

Designed to perform just about anywhere, annually Roughshod reaches a live audience of around 20,000 adults and children. It has been acclaimed from Belfast to Brixton for creating powerful new pieces of theatre. Could Roughshod be perfect for your community in 2018?

The last few spaces in their schedule are still available.  Give us a call on 01904 655317 or email roughshod@rltc.org to find out more.

Tour Dates and Box Office

 

Date Venue Box Office
Wednesday 14th March (7.30pm) St Luke’s, Clairemont Street, Newcastle
NE2 4AH
Tickets: Free
0191 3408812
Saturday 24th March (7.30pm) St Luke’s Church, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead
SL6 7AX
Tickets: £5
01628 622733
Sunday 22nd April (6.00pm) Brucefield Church Of Scotland, 62 East Main Street
Whitburn, EH47 0RD
Tickets: £5
01501 748666
Friday 27th April (7.00pm) Kenmuir Mount Vernon Church Of Scotland
2404 London Road Mount Vernon, Glasgow, G32 9RW
Tickets: £5
0141 5730537
Saturday 28th April (7.30pm) Barclay Viewforth Church, Wright’s Houses, Bruntsfield
Edinburgh, EH10 4HR
Tickets: £5
0131 2296810

 

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Faith In The Questions – in York

Leading scientists are heading to church to debate the relationship between science and faith.

Professor Tom McLeish and Professor Stephen Smye, along with other stellar scientists, will be engaging in vigorous discussion at Faith In The Questions as part of the York Festival Of Ideas.

We’ve partnered with Scientists in Congregations, to tour a number of Faith In The Questions events, the first of which are taking place in York from June 8 to June 10 at St Michael le Belfrey church. The evening starts at 7.30pm and is free.

The evening begins with Counting The Clouds, an inventive new one-act play by Nigel Forde. It will grapple with the scientific and personal challenges which arise from the debate surrounding belief and scientific enquiry. In the Q&A session that follows, audience members will be invited to raise their own questions.

Counting the Clouds has been written for the evening by poet, playwright and long-standing Riding Lights collaborator Nigel Forde. The play the biblical figure of Job as a modern-day scientist. Job wrestles with the unpredictable structure of the universe, asking if God could possibly be in control?

Or is that even a reasonable question to ask? When Job’s personal world is shaken to the core, how can he reconcile the pieces of the puzzle that emerges?

Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University and also chairs the Royal Society’s Education Committee. He has won several awards both in Europe and the US for his work on molecular rheology of polymers. Professor Stephen Smye is a specialty cluster lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network based at King’s College London.

You can find out more, and book tickets here. Or call our box office on  01904 613000.

We’re Hiring: Youth Theatre Director

Senior Youth Theatre: Oh What A Lovely WarWe currently have the following vacancy available:

YOUTH THEATRE DIRECTOR & EDUCATION PRACTITIONER

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Youth Theatre Director & Education Practitioner to join the Education Department at Riding Lights.

The Riding Lights Youth Theatre has been established in three groups drawn from the academic years 7-9 and 10-13 as well as a youth theatre for those aged 13-18 with additional needs or disabilities, called ‘Acting Up!’ These groups meet on separate evenings each week in term time, working on a range of projects based around acquiring theatre skills and presenting performances.

Riding Lights also provides regular school drama teaching (academic years 3 – 8).

Closing date for applications is Monday 14 November and interviews will take place in the week beginning Monday 28 November.
The successful candidate will join the company in early January.

Download the full job description and paper application form or apply online. Call 01904 655317 for more information.

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