Paul Burbridge 1953-2023

Paul Burbridge, our beloved Artistic Director, died on 19th April, following a short illness.

Paul, along with Nigel Forde and Murray Watts, founded Riding Lights in 1977, and led the company for over 40 years with unwavering vision and extraordinary creativity. His commitment to the company and to all who encountered it in any way was inspiring and infectious, as were his kindness, warmth and humour. He was an encourager, guide, mentor and friend to many, whose faith and faithfulness to God flowed into the lives of others. Riding Lights was his life’s work, his calling, and a source of deep joy to him.

You can read a tribute to Paul here.

Paul’s vision for Riding Lights Theatre Company was that we are all called to make kingdom-centred theatre that is responsive, urgent, visionary, insightful and prophetic, and that in order to do that we need new plays.

Paul made extraordinary theatre with a spirit of abundance and generosity, and we invite you to give to The Word Bank, a new fund created in Paul’s memory, with that same spirit of abundance, no matter how much or how little you can give.





Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the life of Paul Burbridge 1953-2023
A Thanksgiving Service for Paul’s life and work took place on Saturday 10th June at St Michael le Belfrey, York. You can watch a recording of the service by using this link or by clicking the button below