Right Here Right Now: June

“Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic.
This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar’
York Mix

York’s own comedy improv night is back with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions- this time, on Zoom!

You come with the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to kickstart everyone’s week. It’s funny, it’s foolish, it’s fit for family audiences, and it really does make it up as it goes along.

Join us for music, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

Friday 25 June
7.30pm

Household Tickets from £5
Box Office: Book Online or call 01904 613000

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

a perilous voyage through the storms of life

A brave adventurer sets off to win the girl everyone is talking about.  Uncovering a sinister truth, Pericles weighs anchor and plunges into a rolling surge of events which leave him broken, gasping for life.

With its topical themes of abuse of power, desperate crossings of the Mediterranean and sex trafficking, this extraordinary saga sails uncomfortably close to home.  And yet there is a delightfully unexpected end to the journey to steer us into port.

Riding Lights, a York company with an enviable reputation for breathing new life into Shakespeare’s less well-known comedies, premieres a sparkling, streamlined version of this gripping story for the 2021 York International Shakespeare Festival online.

by William Shakespeare
with additional material by Nigel Forde
Directed by Paul Burbridge
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

Online performances from 4 June 2021.
approx 80 mins runtime

Performance Dates:

4 June 7.30pm – Postponed due to a technical error. Ticketholders have been contacted. All other dates and times expected to go ahead as planned.

5 June 12noon and 7.30pm
6 June 4.00pm and 6.30pm
Catch-up access from 6 June – 6 July. Watch anytime in the access period.
All times BST.

Household Tickets: £12.50
24 hour access period through Vimeo and Youtube from performance time.


Book now

Into the Lab for 2019

Over the next few months Riding Lights are taking time to prepare our projects for 2019. We are heading into the ‘creative laboratory’ to plan, play and imagine what the next phase of the company’s work might look like.

We are excited about this chance to develop what we do, but that does mean that we will not be touring as many shows as usual for the first part of 2019.

Watch this space to find out more – or even better sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear about what’s happening.

On Tour…

But all this creative work doesn’t mean we won’t be performing. Our next national tour will be a revival of Paul Birch’s passion play The Narrow Road. Touring for Lent (25th March – 20th April), the play is a powerful piece of theatre which also includes space for reflection and corporate worship.

Booking is open now. Reserve a date by calling 01904 655317 or emailing Bethan on touring@rltc.org

Resources for Christmas and Easter.

What we do have available right now are resources for Christmas and Easter.

We’ve got Christmas scripts, a film of our play Crosslight, and even the materials to create your own instant Easter Play with The People’s Passion.

Find our more at ridinglights.org/resources/

Coming up in 2015…

Looking at the ‘what’s on’ page of this website, January might appear to be a quiet month for us, but that’s not the case. The office here at Friargate is a hive of planning, plotting, and preparation (and maybe a smidge of cleaning up after Christmas). In particular we’ll be welcoming our new Roughshod company into the building to start devising and rehearsing their 2015 show IrRESISTible.

Still January is also the perfect time to tell you all about the projects that we’ve got lined up for the next year, so…

Here’s what we’re got in store for 2015

 

Inheritance: 26 Feb – 4 AprilINHERITANCE

A second tour for Bridget Foreman’s acclaimed Passion Play which places the events of Holy Week into the community where Jesus lived and the traditions with which he wrestled. In the shadow of the cross, Inheritance casts light on some of the women Jesus stands alongside, sharing in their suffering. Combining theatre and worship, the Church Times praised the play as “the Passion story in close-up: intense, intimate …a piece of perfection.” 

[more info about Inheritance here]

 

Roughshod IrRESISTable: 7 March – 1 AugRoughshod_Van-and-Tag-WEB

Touring to churches, schools, prisons (and many more places who’ll invite us) in 2015 Roughshod will be telling stories of hopes and hazards, asking ‘what does it cost to make a difference’? This year Roughshod have partnered with Open Doors, a charity which serves persecuted Christians worldwide, to create work in celebration of their 60th anniversary.

[more info about Roughshod here]

 

Living Stones 2015: 23 May – 31 MayLiving-Stones-WS

Perhaps one of the most special and unusual ways to visit the Holy Land, Living Stones is a pilgrimage with a unique dramatic ingredient offered by Riding Lights’ involvement. Wherever possible, actors travelling with the tour will recreate stories associated with the places we are visiting as well as other moments of impromptu performance. Join us and Lightline Pilgrimages for this very unique holiday.

[more info about Living Stones here]

 

Summer Theatre School: 25 July – 1 AugGYATFace

Once again we’ll be retuning to Queen Margaret’s School near York for a wonderful week of creativity and performance. We’re running three new courses this year, with the return of a writers course (Inside Story), the chance to expand your vocal skills and devise a brand new live ‘radio’ play (Free Speech) and, in co-operation with Springs Dance Company, a movement and dance course (Giant Leaps).

[more info about Summer School here]

 

Into the autumn…

Plans are currently being made for a brand new National Tour looking at ecological issues in the autumn (more on this soon), and we will finish the year with our usual family Christmas Shows, including a national tour of A Christmas Cracker after it delighted audiences in Yorkshire in 2014.

At Friargate Theatre

Don’t forget, we’ve also got a packed programme at Friargate Theatre here in York. Of particular note for spring 2015 are the performances as part of the York Literature Festival and the York International Shakespeare Festival. If you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out what we’ve got going on on the Friargate page of this website.

Exciting stuff, we hope you’ll agree. If you’d like to keep updated about everything which Riding Lights get up to, why not sign up to the mailing list.

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….

FRENCH FRIes
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.