Baked Alaska On Film

Baked Alaska has been adapted for film and is available for FREE download.

After touring in 2015 we received multiple requests for a film version of the production. While not every play is suitable for filming, we thought Baked Alaska was the perfect candidate, not least because of the topic. Climate Change is an issue which isn’t going to disappear any time soon, and a film of Baked Alaska would be an excellent resource for churches, for ‘green’ groups and schools to help keep the discussion going.

As the project developed we realised the best way to create an engaging, useful resource would be to split the play up into seven short excerpts, each approaching this complex issue from a different angle, from big business to biblical parables, from international stories to home truths here in the UK.

For Schools and Small Groups

Working with Lat Blaylock from RE Today we have created accompanying resources for schools. For small groups the Rev. Jim Roberts has written the discussion materials. You can find the full series of films alongside these resources at:

Watch The Films

The seven episodes draw together themes from the show to highlight the breadth of the issues that arise from climate change. Risky Business, the second film in the series, retells Jesus’ parable of the rich fool for a today’s world of investments and oil companies.

You can also find and download the full set of films on our vimeo page.



Baked Alaska Filming: 80% and rising…

Baked-Alaska-8019---WEBHave you checked the fundraising page for Filming Baked Alaska recently?
We’ve currently raised 82% of the target…. that’s an amazing £33,000!

This means we’re confident that filming can go ahead, it’s in the diary for this summer.

The recent boost in funding has come from a number of larger donors and organisations keen to make the film happen. In total we’ve had about £30,000 donated by trusts and organisations, but equally important are the donations from individuals, however small, so thank you to all of you who have given or told others about the campaign.

We’re not quite there, and that last £7,000 we still have to raise can help us do even more – film more of the show, create a better resource, and get them out to more people.

Can you help?

By donating (if you haven’t already) and telling others. It’s as easy as going to the justgiving page and clicking the share on Facebook button (or Twitter or email if you’d prefer).

Filming Baked Alaska

Last year we had an extraordinary response tour our national tour, Baked Alaska. Having reviewed the project with our commissioning partners, we agreed the show’s message should go much further…

So we plan to put highlights from BAKED ALASKA ON FILM to reach an even wider audience.

Baked-Alaska-7662-WEBWe would like to raise sufficient funds to make a series of short films available, at least for an initial period, as a free download to schools and other groups where teaching and discussion about climate change can take place.

By illustrating 6 key issues, accompanied by teaching materials, Baked Alaska could be a great resource. Translating highlights onto film seems the best way to be good stewards of the creativity we have already invested.

Can you help?

There are various ways you might like to help us to make this important thing happen!

1. Giving personally, or encouraging others to give at

2. Pass on a Baked Alaska fundraising brochure to a church/green organisation. You can download a copy here or call 01904 655317 and we’ll post you some.

3. Putting us in touch with funding organisations who may want to support the Baked Alaska film.

Roughshod on the road: filming in York

I love being on tour. Going to new places, meeting new people, doing new things – but I must say there is something special about coming back to the familiarity of Friargate.

Filming in the van

We were back there recently filming two trailers; one for iWitness and the other to show the work that Roughshod do. I was really looking forward to it; I’d never done filming like this before and it was all very exciting – I was just gutted I’d not packed my feather boa, but in hindsight that may have been seen as a tad excessive.

It was a great week – certainly busy and challenging in a new way. We were used to doing workshops and shows; not getting dizzy from driving up and down the same stretch of road to get the perfect shot, or attracting a crowd whilst wearing balaclavas and leaping from the back of a van! It was a really refreshing change from what we normally get to do on tour and safe to say we had a lot of fun whilst we were doing it too!

We may have also been a little bit competitive about who managed to film our close ups in the fewest takes. We all did pretty well and at one point I did dub us as “One Take Shod”. That name (sadly) did not catch on.

Roughshod at their most terrifying

It does have to be said; I now have a whole new appreciation for the amount of time and planning and preparation that goes into organising something like this. It really is fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes and I learned a lot in the week about how important angles and timing and lighting is – and that getting all of them right at the same time is not always as easy as it looks.

I’m always happy to be back in York and getting to be part of a project like this was a really fascinating experience. I’m told the trailer is currently being edited (we’ll post it on to the blog when it’s done) and hope it shows people how Roughshod is more than five actors travelling around the country in a tin can, doing funny sketches and that it benefits the company for many years to come.

The fact it features five of our fabulous faces for years is surely just a happy by-product.