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Creative Resistance

An evening of music and visual arts exploring what activism means for human rights defenders working across the globe. Art works and music have been created by visiting human rights defenders at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, together with Newcastle based Afro‐Latin percussion & brass duet Ladies of Midnight Blue. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the activists and artists.

Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL

Weds 4 March 18.30–21.30

Free, tickets required. Book here

For more information please contact the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York: Sanna Eriksson 01904 325830; sanna.eriksson@york.ac.uk; www.york.ac.uk/cahr/

Kaleidoscope Tour Schedule Winter 2020

Touring the UK:
January- February 2020

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 in Winter 2020

Sunday 26 Jan 6.00pm St Augustine’s Church, Hedon, HU12 8FG £5 Contact Ticket Seller
Saturday 15 Feb 7.30pm St Philip and St James Church, Chatham, ME5 0TZ Pay what you can Tickets on the door

Book Here

Saturday 22 Feb 7.30pm Cranleigh Baptist Church, 266 High Street, Cranleigh, GU6 7EW £8 or pay as you feel 01483 275371 or email
office@cranleigh.org.uk

Dates are still available to book in May-June 2020 for one night performances, please contact touring@rltc.org or call 01904 655317 to find out more.

Rebels and Friends

100 years ago Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British parliament. She was in prison. She had been a leader of the Dublin Easter Rising, but her pacifist sister, Eva Gore-Booth, was campaigning for her release. Wealthy young women from Sligo, they had turned their backs on convention. This “stunning and evocative” play tells the remarkable story of these Irish sisters through theatre, poetry, songs, music, dance and over 500 images.
 
Constance married a Polish count, was an artist and ran a soup kitchen in the Dublin lock-out. Eva was a poet who campaigned for the rights of barmaids and other working women in northwest England with her lifelong partner, Esther Roper. This new production is supported by Arts Council England, the Irish Emigrant Support Programme, and Unite the Union.

4 November 7.45pm Ticket prices: £14 Full, £12 Conc

01904 613000 or Book Online

 

Kaleidoscope Organisers Page

Welcome wonderful organisers! Thank you for all your help in making Riding Lights’ work possible.

This section of the website is designed to provide you with lots of extra information, tools and goodies to help you promote your performance and/or events. Don’t forget, we’re always on the end of the phone (01904 655317) if you have any questions or need any help to advertise the show.

On this page you can find:

  • Booking Forms
  • poster / flyer graphics
  • blurb about BREAKING GROUND (the full 90 minute show)

Booking Forms for a performance

Once you have confirmed the dates, space, and fee with the office, your next step is filling in the forms linked here. You should have received your booking pack and contract by post. Your booking pack will help you in filling these in. Of course, give us a call if you have any trouble or if you would prefer a paper copy.

Publicity Materials Form. Your booking fee includes print material such as posters and flyers, and this form is how we know what to put on those posters and how many  you’d like. NB: We cannot create or send you posters or flyers until you have returned this form! Recommend this one being done first.

Performance Booking Form– All the information we need to give to the actors about when and where the performance is, and who will be their point of contact.

Venue Questionnaire. This form will help us to get an idea for your space – the dimensions of the performance area and height clearance, things to be wary of when we arrive at the venue, where we park, how to find you if SATNAV is insufficient… practical useful things!

Accommodation Form. As discussed in the booking process, we ask that overnight accommodation be provided for the travelling company – this is usually in the homes of local members of the community. They’ll each need a bedroom to themselves and access to a light breakfast in the morning. There are 3 actors needing accommodation, for a total of 3 travelling members of the company.

Resources

Powerpoint Slide Template

Performance Booking Pack

Ticket Template

Flyer Back and Front (Blank Version)

York International Shakespeare Festival at Friargate Theatre

Friargate will be hosting a number of plays during the York International Shakespeare Festival including our own All’s Well That Ends Well!

More details about each play can be found on their respective pages, but we thought a handy timetable might help with booking tickets throughout the ten days.

  9 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May
11am

        All’s Well
2pm

  FEAST FEAST    
5pm

  FEAST      
8pm All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

All’s Well All’s Well

 

  15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May
11am   Hamlet

   
2pm All’s Well Hamlet

   
5pm

 

All’s Well All’s Well
8pm Hamlet All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

 

 

 

All’s Well That Ends Well

it’s a class act – in love, sex and war

Everyone is treating everyone else remarkably badly – so sisters are doing it for themselves, in Shakespeare’s surprisingly socially aware comedy for 1603.  As long as some of it is kept in the dark.

 

 

Two teenagers make their way in a dangerous world of pointless conflicts, capricious leaders, outbursts of intense continental emotion… and singing.  He’s in the limelight, she’s in the shadows, one of them is desperately in love.

 

In the spirit of this International Festival, Riding Lights invites you to spend a jolly evening with them over in France, as they streamline All’s Well into a sharp 90 minutes of breathless trips across Europe, chasing true love, honour, Italian girls and solutions to a couple of frankly impossible tasks.

 

Directed by Paul Burbridge 
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

 

Friargate Theatre, York   May 9 – 19
Tickets: £10 / £8
01904 613000 or Book online below by clicking on the performance time

 

Date Time
Thursday 9th 8pm
Friday 10th 8pm
Saturday 11th 8pm
Monday 13th- BSL interpreted 8pm
Tuesday 14th 11am // 8pm
Wednesday 15th 2pm
Thursday 16th 8pm
Friday 17th 8pm
Saturday 18th 5pm // 8pm
Sunday 19th 5pm

 

Want to find out more about what else Friargate is hosting during the festival? Click here for the timetable of performances.

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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/

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