Where Adventure Begins: partnering with New Wine

We are very pleased to announce that in 2018 Riding Lights will be partnering with New Wine to produce a new show all about growing faith in the family.

Touring the UK from January to March 2018 Where Adventure Begins is a brilliantly entertaining show – real, touching and hilarious – an unmissable piece of theatre to deepen our understanding of ‘family’.

Here’s the trailer which is being show at New Wine events this summer:

Meet Jake, Jasmine and Ellie as they re-live their childhood and teenage experiences of Christian faith at home and at church.
Nobody knows how it will turn out, but everyone’s agreed that we need to keep together on the adventure of faith.

To find out more about hosting a performance for your church contact Jo Foster on 07855 403029 or email jo.foster@new-wine.org.

Head over to www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins to find out more and see the performance dates already booked in.

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: ridinglights.org/baked-alaska

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.



Premier Radio Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

Back in July Riding Lights was centre stage in a great service marking the 20th birthday of Premier Radio. We were asked to help tell their story in a celebratory birthday service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London alongside the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, Graham Kendrick and the All Souls Orchestra. What’s more the event was streamed online to hundreds of thousands of Premier listeners nationwide.

Premier have now made the video stream from the service available for anyone to watch. Click here to take a look.

Here’s the first piece from us:

Fantastic Acts! – Audience Response

Fantastic Acts! has been on the road for a week and a half now and we’re continuing to get excellent feedback from those who’ve seen it. But you don’t have to take our word for it – here’s an audience vox pops video…

The show is currently touring the UK with its final performance on the 29th of November. You can find the full list of upcoming performances here – along with the trailer for the show.

Fantastic Acts! – New Trailer

The cast are in the building and Fantastic Acts! rehearsals are underway. There’s current half a set in the Friargate foyer, and this morning costume measurements were taken… though they were for a puppet. We’re two and a half weeks away from opening night and Friargate is a hive of activity. Plus we’re getting through coffee at four times the normal rate.

However in all this busyness we did manage to grab an hour or so with John and Daniel to record this…

Fantastic Acts! is touring from the 8th October to the 29th November.
You can find a full list of performances here.

Fantastic Acts! Teaser Trailer and Tour Dates

Today may be the first day back at school for many, but we’ve been working hard all summer getting ready for our new autumn tour of Fantastic Acts! Our local organisers have been busy organising while writers and designers have been, well writing and designing, plus the show is now cast (more on that soon). We’re very excited about the show.

In fact to whet your appetites too we’ve got a short teaser trailer…

The tour is taking shape very nicely, and you can see a full list of confirmed performances over at Fantastic Acts! show page (with a couple more to add as we get the final details.) So find a performance near you and get the date in your diary – we’d love to see you there!


Inheritance: trailer

Just one week to go before our first performance of Inheritance at Halifax Minster on the 14th March.

Fancy a taste of the show? Here’s the trailer:

You can find our more, and see a full list of performances over on the Inheritance tour page.

Director’s Video Interview for The Alchemist

UPDATE: Part 2 of Paul’s interview has been added below.

When The Alchemist was first performed in York at Friargate Theatre we relocated the play from Blackfriars, London to York.

Now that we’re taking it to the Belgrade Theatre, once again Paul has dug up Ben Jonson’s London roots and replanted them in Coventry. He took a break from the rehearsal schedule to explain why…


and here’s part 2…


You can also watch a teaser trailer for the show here.

Further Alchemical Updates

The Coventry Telegraph also spoke to cast members Sarah Jane-Lee and Barrett Robinson about their roles in the play. You can have a read on their website.

Oh and The Belgrade’s prop department are after your old beer cans for the show

The Alchemist is being performed at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from 1st Feb to 22nd Feb. You can book tickets through their box office.

A speedy setup

Before Easter the cast of a different drum proved just how slick they’ve become at setting up the show by filming the video below – lights, staging, sound the whole kit out of the back of the van and into the venue. Alright, We might have sped up the video a smidge, but it’s still pretty impressive…

In fact the cast have been turning churches and halls all over the UK into fantastic performances spaces, just like this for the past 3 months, and there’s still time to catch a performance…