A snapshot of The Grand Depart

On Sunday the 6th of July York was buzzing with bikes as the city filled with people gathered to see The Grand Depart of the Tour De France.

Always keen to contribute to the chaos, we were thrilled to entertain the crowds with some street theatre, including a few (very abridged) French Classics and a History of the Tour De France in five inventions. Plus our Senior Youth Theatre provided some excellent music and short sketches to punctuate the afternoon.

Below are a few snaps of the performance (click on an image to enlarge):


Riding Lights Riding Bikes

KIPPA MATTHEWS - COPYRIGHT NOTICERiding Lights Theatre Company will be performing in York as part of the Grand Depart of the Tour De France.

Find us in King’s Square for such dramatised delights as The History of Le Tour De France, The Three Musketeers, and Henry 4 and a half. Plus our youth theatre will be making mayhem with their own moments of pedal powered pop-up theatre too.

All taking place on Sunday July 6th,  we’ll be starting late morning, after the pelaton has passed through the city centre.

Friargate Refreshments

As the Tour is whizzing right past the top of our street, Friargate Theatre will also be open throughout the day too – from 9am til 4pm. Our newly spruced up ground floor cafe-space will be providing refreshments to the crowds lining the streets of York. Disabled access toilets and baby changing facilities will also be available.

So, if you’re in the centre of York for Le Tour, we’d love for you to drop in and say ‘bonjour’.

Some seriously FRENCH FRIes at Friargate

FRENCH_FRIes-Small-webRiding Lights are very excited to announce that, this summer, we’re part of the cultural festival celebrating the Tour de France as it sets off from Yorkshire.

Some might wonder whether Le Tour is making a rather large detour to find itself in the North of England, but not us. No, we’re brushing off our franglais, and providing a spot of Yorkshire hospitality for Le Tour with a series of French themed events here at Friargate… on a Friday. In short….

FRI 2 May – FRI 4 July

We’ve got music from Flossie Malavialle (French Folk with a Yorkshire twist) and King Courgette (not-so-French folk). Or if you prefer something quieter you can join Geoffrey Stevenson (without words) and Nigel Forde (without stabilisers) for an evening of mime and poetry. Plus our hilarious band of improvisers will be creating some ‘franglais’ chaos with Right Ici Right Maintenant.

But that’s not all, why not take a look at the full programme of our French FRIes events to whet your appetite. Which is rather appropriate as at each French FRIes evening we’ll be offering a nice crisp Bordeaux from our neighbours across La Manche, and added interval chips from Plonkers, our neighbours around the corner.

We’d love to see you at Friargate this summer for some seriously French fun.