Gospel Street: Tour Dates

Good News! We are excited to announce our performance dates for the tour of GOSPEL STREET this autumn.

It’s our second year touring this phenomenal show, and this time round the tour is even bigger with just under 40 performances between the 27th September and the 24th November. There are familiar venues and new ones, and we’re even getting over to Northern Ireland, following in the footsteps of this year’s Roughshod company.

We’re delighted to be back on the road, taking the dynamic and accessible version of the Gospel to communities round the UK. Using theatre, comedy and spoken word this is a breath-taking ride through all the important issues of life, death… and miraculous street food. All asking “what would you do if Jesus turned up on your street?”.

Want to find your nearest show? Just take a look at the map below…

Tour Dates

 

Date Venue  Tickets  Book Online
Thursday 22 November (7.30pm) Ray Presbyterian Church
Donations welcome
Box Office: 074915 7716
Please contact the venue for tickets
Friday 23 November (7.30pm) Holywood Baptist Church
N. Ireland, 
Donations welcome
Box Office: 028 9042 1519
Please contact the venue for tickets

Where Adventure Begins: Rehearsal photos

Straight back after new year and this week we’re putting the finishing touches to Where Adventure Begins, which goes on tour next week.

Here’s a few photos from the rehearsal room:

Created in partnership with New Wine the show explores the question of why it is important to communicate faith to children, both in church and at home. Real, touching and hilarious, this is an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.

Watch the trailer here, or book tickets for the tour at: new-wine.org/adventurebegins 

 

Faith In The Questions: Tour Dates

Dates are now available for the upcoming tour of Faith in the Questions. After a very successful run in York as part of the city’s Festival Of Ideas, the event is now touring the UK in January and February 2018.

The night includes a one-act play, Counting the Clouds, which is followed by a lively panel discussion with leading scientists looking at the many questions surrounding science and faith. Tickets are free for every event, and it’s not to be missed. Best suited to ages 16 and up.

Tour Dates and Box Office

Tickets for all Faith In The Questions events are free.
You can book tickets using the buttons below or call 01904 613000.

 

Monday 19th February (7.30pm) St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall, London Available on
the door
Tuesday 20th February (7.30pm) St James’, Tunbridge Wells Book Now
Wednesday 21st February (7.30pm) Verwood Methodist Church, Dorset Book Now
Thursday 22nd February (7.30pm) St Michael’s, Southampton Book Now
Friday 23rd February (7.30pm) St Michael’s Centre, Bristol Book Now
Saturday 24th February (7.30pm) Exeter Cathedral Book Now

 

Gospel Street: Production Photos

Last night we had a fantastic preview of GOSPEL STREET in York and the cast are now on the road heading for their first show up in Edinburgh.

Dynamic and powerful, the show takes stories from the four gospels and drops them onto a modern day street. It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Want a taste? Here’s a few photos from the dress rehearsal taken by Tom Jackson

Gospel Street is touring until the end of November. You can find your nearest Gospel Street performance here.

Crosslight: Trailer

Next week our 2017 passion play, Crosslight, goes into rehearsal. We’re delighted to welcome Sarah Finch, John Holden-White and Matthew Rutherford back for a second tour.

We also have a brand new trailer using some of Tom Jackson’s stunning photos and Jonathan Bidgood’s excellent music from the show. Take a look…

You can find your closest performance of Crosslight at ridinglights.org/crosslight or give us a call 01904 613000.

Simeon’s Watch: Photos

A selection of the dress rehearsal photos for Simeon’s Watch.

All photos taken by Tom Jackson.

Simeons’ Watch is touring the UK until the 10th of December. You can find a full list of dates, as well as a tour map at ridinglights.org/simeon

Simeon’s Watch: Trailer

After a great opening run at Friargate Theatre, the first responses to Simeon’s Watch are in…

“Moving, funny and thought provoking”

All three actors inhabited the characters beautifully
…it was really special.”

“Very good, it took a very relevant but difficult subject,
brought it to life and showed a way of hope.”

“In awe of what I’ve just seen, spot on, truthful and important.”

We’re delighted by the way the show is being received and are looking forward to taking the show on tour round the country. Looking for a show near you? Try our handy tour map.

You can get a feel for the show itself by watching the trailer….

 

Simeon’s Watch is touring the UK until the 10th December. You can find out more at ridinglights.org/simeon

An eye on Simeon’s Watch

Paul Birch takes a look at our new national tour – Simeon’s Watch…


Simeon (John Holden-White) and Rina (Katie Brier) sharing a cup of cocoa out in the fields
“Change can bring real challenges to families, particularly the changes that threaten to alter our relationships with the people we love most. Simeon’s Watch focuses on three generations of one family and the impact on all of them as they face the demands of growing old.”

So writes Bridget Foreman about her new play for Riding Lights. This is a production which picks up echoes of the biblical story of Simeon, the man who watches and waits at the end of his life, not forgotten by God, until he glimpses the hope God has prepared for us all.

The script for Simeon’s Watch comes from a series of workshops with those living with dementia, their families (including young people) and professional care staff and clinicians. Over a number of weeks we met at Friargate Theatre and in residential care homes, exploring ways that drama might help these families communicate better, as they continue to care for one another. Using improvisation, play and applied theatre techniques, we discovered the range of emotions created by the demands of ageing, including, sometimes, a Simeon-like joy and peace in the middle of it all.

In several dramas addressing this subject, the story is often constructed around the theme of loss – whether it’s memory, dignity, relationship or hope. Our aim was to bring out some of the other ‘notes’ from the stories we found in these workshops – notes of love, comedy, play and intimacy.

Simeon’s Watch explores ways in which responding to change more playfully can often transform our relationships. Children and young people, of course, do this best. Care homes that have nurseries or schools attached to them demonstrate the positive impact shared by the different generations while they interact. Responding ‘playfully’ to painful interactions will never reverse time or heal damaged minds but it can radically improve the quality of relationship and communication. This production is a celebration of that.

If Simeon’s Watch is to be a distinctive ‘voice’, Riding Lights wants that to be one that refuses to let a sense of fear put further stress on loving relationships that have been nurtured over many years. However old or young we may be, we hope this play will change minds about the problem of changing minds!

You can find out more about the show, as well as a list of tour dates, at ridinglights.org/simeon

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 justgiving.com/baked-alaska

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.

Introducing… Simeon’s Watch

A family adventure before Christmas by Bridget Foreman

Simeon's-Watch-hillside1Simeon’s Watch is an engaging new play for a family audience about… family. A delightful story about what growing old might mean, about being surprised, remembering love and discovering hope.

Leah keeps losing things. First it was her knitting, and now her father keeps wandering off. She frequently loses her temper and some days she thinks she’s losing her mind.

Or is it her father Simeon who’s doing that? Staring out of the window, muttering about angels, waiting with unshakeable conviction for ‘God knows what’. It’s all a game to Leah’s daughter, which only makes things worse.

Something has to change.

As the nights draw in, Leah watches her father wind down and her daughter race ahead.  She seems to be waiting too – but for what? And when the whole family is drawn to a starlit hillside, what more is to be lost and found?

Get ready for Christmas – make time for Simeon’s Watch.


Now Booking for a National Tour:
October to December 2016

Simeon’s Watch tells an inspiring story of family life that embraces three generations of shepherds – grandparent, parent and teenager. Their story links with the familiar story of the anticipation of the birth of Christ.

At the same time, it gently, amusingly, movingly explores the demands of growing old.  It shows the transformation that can come when both young and old bring acceptance to what is becoming a normal part of the adventure of family life.  By offering hope and joy, the play helps us all in our understanding of relationships that will always remain precious, however they may change.

Responding to the increasing challenge that declining mental health causes to families and indeed churches, Riding Lights has spent time with various groups exploring ways in which particular communication skills can transform these relationships.  Some of the insights we have discovered together are woven into the narrative of Simeon’s Watch.

 

Book the Show For Your Community

Simeon’s Watch will appeal to a wide age-range but still remain captivating for older children (10 yrs and above). It will certainly deliver a performance to bring great delight to any church community in the build-up to the Advent and Christmas season.

You can book a performance now by contacting Beth on 01904 613000 or emailing beth@rltc.org.