a different drum

small stories to change a troubled world

In the blood of a flea, wrapped in a bundle of French silk, the plague arrives in the Derbyshire village of Eyam. With it comes a devastating decision. As the entire community chooses the bold path of sacrifice… they begin to march to the sound of a different drum.

Beginning in the 17th century the play follows a thread through history to the present day, picking up accounts of other men and women who dare to break the boundaries of self-interest. Beating with a heart of resistance and selflessness these are stories of individuals who set out in hope and discover their potential for remarkable love in action.

Full of life and colourful music, a different drum imagines how different the world could be if we responded unswervingly to the golden rule – ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you.’

Recreated for 2013, one of Riding Lights most inspirational plays is touring the UK this Autumn.

 Touring the UK:

27th September – 2nd November 2013

Call: 01904 613000 or book online



The first night of the show also received a glowing review in the York Press… do take a look.

Tour Dates (click for map version)

All Tickets: £10 (*except where noted below)
Group offer: buy 10 get the 11th FREE (call 01904 655317 to book a group)

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.

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