More About The Week


The connection this year between our various courses is the idea of discovery.

“… fifty years ago, on July 20th 1969, Apollo 11 landed three astronauts on the moon.”

Whether discovery comes through the telescope or the microscope, as a result of raw courage or brilliant intuition, human understanding of the universe is constantly expanding. Some of these advances are excellent subjects for another kind of exploration altogether – theatre!

Queen Margarets School accomodationQUEEN MARGARET’S SCHOOL

Queen Margaret’s is a boarding school located in the beautiful surroundings of Escrick Park near York. The school provides excellent accommodation, working spaces, landscaped grounds, two swimming pools (the use of the outdoor one will be dependent on weather!), social facilities and a purpose-built theatre. Most bedrooms are twins although some larger rooms are also available. We endeavour to offer single rooms to participants over 18 years old wherever possible. The accommodation is very well maintained and there are plenty of baths and showers in each house as well as comfortable common rooms for evening relaxation. Kitchen areas are also available in each house. There is a small convenience store in Escrick village, a couple of minutes walk from the school. A bar will be open at the school in the evenings for the sale of drinks and confectionery.

School Chapel


Alongside this profusion of dramatic activity there will be daily opportunities for worship ranging from quiet reflection to the the exuberant and the plain wacky. For many, a highlight of the Summer School is the Sunday morning communion service, with its unique blend of theatre, sacrament and creative prayer. The worship is often cited by many students as a particularly valued part of their week and although the Summer Theatre School becomes a wonderfully supportive community, the Riding Lights chaplain will also be on hand to chat through any personal issues and, if you want, to pray with you.


Meals are provided by the school kitchens and are of a high standard. You will get dinner on the first day and then three meals each day until the following Saturday when the last meal is lunch. Once we have received your booking form we will contact you to find out if you have any food allergies or intolerances. We aim to meet all medically required special dietary requirements – but if there is any food you simply dislike, we’re afraid you’ll have to work around it!


Queen Margaret’s School lies 6 miles south of York, just off the A19. It is easily accessible via the A1 from the north and the M62, and M1 from other directions. There is plenty of free parking available at the school. The nearest station is York which is on the main railway line from Kings Cross to Edinburgh. Leeds / Bradford and Manchester airports are one hour and two hours away respectively. Riding Lights will provide a coach from York Station to the school at 3pm on Saturday 30th July and on Saturday 6th August at 2pm from Queen Margaret’s to York Station. The coach journey takes about twenty minutes (though we recommend booking train tickets with plenty of time to spare, in case of delays or traffic).


If you wish to participate in the Summer School and have a disability or additional needs, we will strive to accommodate you and provide relevant support wherever possible. However, this is of course subject to our own resources and the facilities on offer at Queen Margaret’s School. For example, there is wheelchair access to most parts of the school buildings and there are some adapted accommodation facilities, however there are some areas on site where wheelchair-users would be likely to require assistance. Please contact the Summer School Secretary, on 01904 655317 or via email and we will be happy to discuss any particular needs you may have.


Riding Lights is committed to ensuring the welfare of all staff and participants on the Summer School and operates a rigorous health and safety policy. All participants are required to sign a simple code of conduct which outlines their responsibilities in contributing to the health, welfare and smooth-running of the week. The well-being of the young people in our care for the week is of paramount importance and two youth workers join the company for the week to ensure that there is dedicated pastoral oversight.

Interested in attending Summer Theatre School in 2019? Find out more about  the courses, and fill in an online application form.