Nearly the Goat

An action-packed Christmas play for the whole family… and other animals.

When was the last time a Goat was on hoof to save the day? Somewhere between the tinsel and the cabbage leaves, the crackers and the parsnip peelings, comes the remarkable story of Nearly the Goat…

…bending his amazing acting talents to impersonate a host of harassed innkeepers and help George tell a spell-binding Christmas story. To say nothing of the wolf!

The children were absolutely mesmerised.” – primary school teacher

How will Nearly in his DIY flying machine get to Bethlehem before the wolf does? And how can the kings return to Persia without their camel? This night of all nights is heading for a flock of disasters. Well, Nearly. And if it wasn’t for one relentlessly cheerful, extremely interrupting Goat butting in…

With an extraordinary range of puppetry skills, Riding Lights brings you the Christmas story in unforgettable style. Hilarious and magical, Nigel Forde’s delightful play has drawn acclaim from both young and old.

“We always know Christmas is on its way as soon as Riding Lights have been.” – primary school teacher

Written by Nigel Forde, directed by Erin Burbridge and designed by Anna Gooch


Public Venues:

12 Dec, 7.30pm – Kegworth Primary School, Kegworth

15 Dec, 6.30pm – Knighton Free Church, Leicester

16 Dec, 7pm – St Mary’s Church Bures, Suffolk

17 Dec, 2pm – St Paul’s Howell Hill, Sutton

17 Dec, 7.30pm – Christ Church with St Philip, Worcester Park, London

20 Dec, 6pm – Christ Church Bridlington, Bridlington

21 Dec, 1pm – Acomb Church Parish Hall, York

21 Dec, 6pm – St Paul’s Ireland Wood, Leeds

22 Dec, 5pm – St Hilda’s Church, Tang Hall, York


For more information please call 01904 655317 or email



Give the gift of theatre this Christmas by donating a Pay It Forward ticket to enable more school children to enjoy our family Christmas show Nearly The Goat. Your generous donation will go towards the cost of delivering this show to two schools for free.

Thank you for your support.