The Selfish Giant

Riding Lights is pleased to announce The Selfish Giant, a story for the season of Christmas, touring December 2019.

The Giant is angry.  He’s been away visiting friends for seven years and returns to find children – children! – playing happily in his beautiful garden!    

Every day after school, they come and run about, laughing and playing games under the blossom on his peach trees, listening to the delightful songs of the birds.  So he puts up a big wall and an even bigger KEEP OUT notice to put a stop to all that. Then winter seizes the garden in its icy fingers…

Will this grip ever be broken?

Through vivid, interactive story-telling, music, puppetry and humour, Riding Lights brings you this brilliant story of transformation.  No one, not even the story-tellers themselves, can be left unaffected by this inspiring tale of love and generosity.

Riding Lights has an outstanding reputation for bringing memorable shows to primary aged audiences both nationally and in Yorkshire. This production is the much-loved story by Oscar Wilde, newly adapted by Jon Boustead.

Performances at Friargate Theatre
21 December 11am and 3pm

Book online or call 01904 613000
Tickets £7 adult & £5 child

Suitable for ages 5 and up.

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Touring Yorkshire and (a bit) beyond 1-20 December.

Performances can be booked for churches or into primary schools in Yorkshire (other locations will be considered, so please do get in touch if you’re interested). Churches can also sponsor a performance for their local primary school.

Please contact Bethan to find out more: touring@rltc.org or 01904 655317

Cost: £400 + VAT for a performance in a church (if you decide to sell tickets, you keep all the sales).
Primary school performances the cost is £4 per child (including VAT) with a minimum booking of £400.

Please get in touch if cost is a barrier to your school or church so we can have a conversation about what might work for you.

‘Riding Lights is the highlight of our year’
‘The children were captivated’

Kaleidoscope Tour Schedule

Touring the UK:
12 September – 2 November 2019

 

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

Date Venue  Tickets  How to Book
24 Oct – 19:00 St Paul’s Church, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0HH £5 0191 5237884
26 Oct- 19:30 Friargate Theatre, York £8 | £6 Concessions 01904 613000
27 Oct – 19:00 Clifton Parish Church, York £8 | £6 Concessions 01904 613000
1 Nov – 19:00 Biggar Kirk, Biggar £10 (Under 18s – Free!) 01899 229291
2 Nov – 19:30 Caldbeck Village Hall, Mardale, CA7 8EU £6.50 (18 & under £4) 01697 478 426

Kemp’s Jig

“And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down for them..”

1598: Meet Will Kemp  – celebrity comedian, international superstar of the Elizabethan stage and the original “9 Day wonder”, about whom the above quote from Hamlet is said to be written.

A “horrible histories” for all ages, Kemp’s Jig makes Shakespeare accessible by sending him up – his supposed lack of a sense of humour is a running joke throughout the play –  and also gives an insight to the unglamorous side of life in Tudor England, using aspects of commedia dell’arte, music hall revue and storytelling to illustrate Kemp’s adventures.

As Shakespeare’s plays began to require comic actors rather than comedians Kemp’s style (comedy dog, slapstick and all) became less and less suitable and Shakespeare and Kemp parted ways.  Kemp resigned his shares in “The Lord Chamberlains Men”  and embarked upon a bizarre publicity stunt to cash in on his popularity and superstar status:  In February 1600 he began a 125 mile Morris dance from London to Norwich, and later published his diary of the event “The Nine Daies Wonder”.  And that is where our story begins…

Kemp’s Jig has been seen at the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and all across the globe.  The original production was the subject of a TV documentary (introduced by Sir Peter Hall) and its original writer and performer Chris Harris toured the US (as Kemp) with Sam Wanamaker’s company to raise sponsorship for the building of Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

This new production comes direct from gaining a new audience and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thursday 15 November
7.30pm

Tickets: £12 | £10 Concessions 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

Kaleidoscope

“It sparkled; it was brilliant.”
“The creativity and energy were just fantastic!”

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?

A vibrant, sparkling show, packed full of entertaining stories and comedy that connect with hopes and fears today.

 

Saturday 26 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £8 | £6 Concessions
Box Office: 01904 613000, in person at Friargate Theatre, or online: Book Now

Click the button above to book for the Clifton Parish Church performance on the 27th (7pm) or call 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.

Walking to Jerusalem

Passion Pit Theatre, in association with Amos Trust and Hodder & Stoughton, presents WALKING TO JERUSALEM: Blisters, hope and other facts on the ground.

2017 marked three major anniversaries in the Palestinian struggle: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fiftieth year of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza. To change the record after a century of injustice, a pilgrimage set out to walk from London to Jerusalem – in penance, solidarity, and hope. This was the inspiration of award-winning playwright, actor, and musician Justin Butcher (Scaramouche JonesThe Madness of George DubyaThe Devil’s Passion), who worked with human rights charity Amos Trust to mount the ‘Just Walk to Jerusalem’.

Calling for equal rights for all in the Holy Land, more than one hundred walkers took part. Only nine walked the whole way.

This is their story – walking journals and travellers’ tales on paths of pilgrimage and conquest, from monasteries and mountain passes to Bedouin camps and desert wadis across Europe and the Middle East — brought to life in a playful and inventive blend of theatre and stand-up directed by acclaimed theatre maker Matilda Reith (DanielGroundedRemains of the Day), with a haunting and evocative soundscape by Jack C. Arnold (Wild RoseWar & PeaceHoly Flying CircusAlbatross) and video montage created from live footage along the route, by award-winning artist Damian Hale (Sigur Ros, Chemical Brothers, U2).

Along Roman roads and refugee routes, with occasional outbreaks of blisters, tear gas and desert spirituality, virtuoso storyteller Justin Butcher traces the perils, pratfalls and marvels of the path to Jerusalem. A chronicle of serendipity: happenstances hilarious, infuriating and occasionally numinous – or, as pilgrims might say, encounters with the Divine.

“So impressive… interweaving face-to-face experiences and political realities, displays the kind of unusual empathy essential in that tangled and tragic situation.” Brian Eno — Artist & Musician

Image courtesy of Mark Kensett

 

Thursday 24 October
7.30pm

Tickets: £15 | £10 Concessions 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