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.

Touring the UK:
22 September – 24 November 2018

 

Tickets: £10 / £8 (concessions) unless noted below.
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.

Tour Dates

 

Date Venue Tickets Book Online
Friday 19 October (7.30pm) Didsbury Baptist
School Land and Beaver Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6SX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 20 October (6.30pm) St George’s Church, Poynton
Fountain Close, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1NH
website / map
£5 from any Poynton Church
or call: 01625 879277
Please contact the venue for tickets
Tuesday 23 October (7.00pm) Holy Trinity Church, Abergavenny
Baker St, Abergavenny NP7 5BH
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Wednesday 24 October (7.30pm) St Andrew’s and St Teilo’s, Cardiff
Woodville Rd, Cardiff CF24 4DX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 25 October (7.30pm) St Peter’s Church, Lords Meade
Lords Mead, Chippenham SN14 0LL
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 26 October (7.30pm) St Michael’s, Stoke Gifford
The Green, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8PD
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 27 October (7.30pm) St Andrew’s, Caversham
Albert Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7PL
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Sunday 28 October (7.30pm) St Barnabas, Horton-cum-Studley
2 Ventfield Close, Horton-cum-Studley,
Oxford OX33 1AN
map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 1 November (7.30pm) St Asaph Cathedral, Wales
25 High Street, Saint Asaph, LL17 0RD
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 2 November (7.30pm) Friargate Theatre
Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 3 November (7.30pm) Friargate Theatre
Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
website / map
£10 / (£8 concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Sunday 4 November (6.45pm) St Luke’s Newcastle
Claremont Street, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE2 4AH
website / map
Admission Free (donations welcome)
Info: 0191 340 8812
Please contact the venue for tickets
Tuesday 6 November (7.30pm) Buxton Methodist Church
Chapel Street, Buxton, SK17 6HX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Wednesday 7 November (7.30pm) Warwick Road URC, Coventry
10 Warwick Road, Coventry CV1 1EX
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 8 November (7.30pm) St Mildred’s, Croydon
30 Bingham Road, Croydon CR0 7EB
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 9 November (tbc) Gillingham Methodist Church
100 Third Avenue, Gillingham ME7 2LU
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 10 November (7.30pm) The Charis Centre, Bishop’s Stortford
Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2JZ
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Tuesday 13 November (7.30pm) Verwood Methodist Church
Verwood, Dorset, BH31 6DR
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Wednesday 14 November (7.30pm) Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne
7 Eldon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1UE
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 15 November (7.30pm) St Nicolas Church, Newbury
West Mills, Newbury, RG14 5HG
website / map
£10
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Friday 16 November (7.30pm) St Saviour Battersea Park
351 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London SW11 4LH
website / map
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Saturday 17 November (7.00pm) Bulwell United Reformed Church
Broomhill Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9GJ
website / map
£5
Box Office: 07773 335443
Please contact the venue for tickets
Wednesday 21 November (7.30pm) Donemana Presbyterian Church
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000
Book Now
Thursday 22 November (7.30pm) Ray Presbyterian Church, Donegal
Donations welcome
Box Office:
Please contact the venue for tickets
Friday 23 November (7.30pm) Holywood Baptist Church
N. Ireland,
£10 / £8 (concessions)
Box Office: 01904 613000