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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:


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.


Play For A Day


Play For A Day

Unfortunately this event has now been cancelled,
we apologies for any inconvenience caused

Half Term Drama Workshop

PLAY FOR A DAY 2016 - webSomething strange is happening!
Mysterious visitors have come to the park and nothing will ever be the same again…

Join 5 professional actors and a theatre director for a whole day of drama! Come to Friargate Theatre and play some games, learn some acting and devising skills and create some drama from scratch.

We’ve got the props and the costumes all we need is you!

Saturday 4 June: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ages 10 – 14
£15 / £10 YT members

To book your place ring our box office on 01904 655317 or book online.

Participants will need to bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable clothing.
Please email if you have any questions about the day.

Blue Remembered Hills

We are sorry to announce that the performances of Blue Remembered Hills have been cancelled. York Musical Theatre and Friargate Theatre apologies for any inconvenience caused.

York Musical Theatre hope to reschedule the performances for a later date in 2015.

York Musical Theatre Company Presents…

Blue Remembered Hills

By Dennis Potter
Directed by Richard Bainbridge

‘Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills’

BRH_300px wide1943. A hot summer’s day. Nearly tea-time. Fathers are fighting in the war. Mothers are having to make do and mend.

Children are playing, laughing and making memories in the Forest of Dean. But children can be cruel. Very cruel…

Originally made for television with a cast including Helen Mirren, Dennis Potter’s experimental, bold and brutal work about children is a classic and muddies the distinction between childhood and adulthood in a shocking and moving way.

Do you truly remember what it’s like to be a child? Look to those Blue Remembered Hills.

Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th June

Tickets: £12
Box Office: 01904 613000

Please note: this production contains scenes that some younger audiences may find disturbing

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

SUMMER SCHOOL: Early booking ends this weekend

STS-Explosion-Crop-WEBA quick blog post to remind you that the early booking discount for our 2016 Summer Theatre School ends this weekend. To qualify for the discount you just need to have applied and paid your deposit by Sunday 31st Jan.

So why not join us as we “have fun with Shakespeare”

Once again we’ll be resident at Queen Margaret’s School on the 30th July to 6th August 2016. It doesn’t matter if you have never done any bardolatry before, there really is something for everyone in this theatrical feast of music, drama, comedy and creativity. Actor, writer, musician or technician? There will be at least one course which will put you and your skills centre stage.

Interested? Take a look at the full list on the courses page.

Click here to apply