Right Here Right Now: August

“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 in the building with its own brand of sensational silliness based on audience suggestions. Join us, streaming live from Friargate Theatre as part of our Summer Theatre School – direct to the comfort of your own home!

You bring the ideas and our merry band of improvisers instantly turn them into chaotic comedy to brighten 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 madness, mayhem and muppetry in an unforgettable and absolutely unrepeatable evening of joy-filled nonsense… it wouldn’t be the same without you!

3 AUGUST 2021
8pm

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

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

 

Shakespeare’s PERICLES, Prince of Tyre

In a stunning, stripped-back version of a rarely performed adventure, Pericles is reborn, full of passion and laced with comedy.  Brilliantly designed, brought to life and shot in an innovative theatre-on-film style born out of the necessities of our times. Catch this astonishing 80 minutes of highly accessible story-telling : Pericles as you’ve never seen it before.

Riding Lights, a York company with a reputation for breathing fresh energy into Shakespeare’s later comedies, has clearly been on a creative voyage themselves to deliver this captivating re-telling.

‘Such a good play – so many strong themes told as a series of intimate human stories. A great achievement.’  York International Shakespeare Festival 2021.

 

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

Approx 80 mins runtime

Tickets available now

Household Tickets: £12.50
2 weeks streaming access period through Vimeo and Youtube


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Roughshod on the Road: TKC York

Ten whole days in York!

It’s been very strange to be back at base camp – not least after two weeks out of England. Although we were ‘home’ we were working hard supporting York churches and schools as they took part in this worldwide week of prayer. Taken from a line in the Lord’s Prayer these “Thy Kingdom Come” events were all about seeing the Kingdom Of God here “on earth as it is in heaven”. It was great to have a sense of being part of a bigger event with activity across the country and not just York..

It was great to connect back in with our ‘home’ community. We got the change to do more street theatre, after our first outing in Northern Ireland,this time in York city centre, plus a performance on the York walls. (Perhaps the most unique performance venue so far?) The days had a real party vibe with music from various performers and great pieces of art from YWAM. We even performed at a community fun day celebrating the royal wedding.

We performed a couple of full shows too and a real highlight was having Archbishop Sentamu along for the performance at St. Chads. All in all we have been deeply encouraged by these ten days, and I hope that in turn we’ve done the same for others in this remarkable city.

Jared

Surprise Ending at the Big City Read

We’re delighted to announce that Riding Lights are part of York’s Big City Read 2018, bringing a new theatrical element to this yearly celebration of reading. Commissioned by Explore York Libraries, Bridget Foreman is writing Surprise Ending, a one act play all about the joy of reading.

This is all taking place in the autumn of 2018, when we’ll be touring the performance to libraries, mobile libraries, reading cafes and some other specially selected venues in and around the city. Performances of Surprise Ending start on the 10th October.

The book chosen for this year’s Big City Read is The Radleys by Matt Haig. Matt is a former resident of York and has close ties with the city and 5000 free copies of the book will will be distributed from 21 September. The whole programme of events will take place from the 20 September to 16 November 2018.

Watch this space for updates on Riding Lights’ involvement, and you can find out more about the whole Big City Read event at exploreyork.org.uk/bigcityread

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.

Summer Theatre School 2017

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Announcing our 2017 Summer Theatre School…
Taking place at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick (near York) on the 29 July to 5 August.

This year we’ll be laughing out loud, as we have some fun with Comedy and Satire.  Join us for a high-energy week of theatrical merry-making as we revive some classics and create some brand new work to chuckle over.

New courses for 2017

Our 2017 courses include favourites like Face The Music and Stage By Stage, as well as the return of  our devising course for adults, The Full Works. We also have a brand new course Three Enterprise, bringing writers, directors and actors together.

Do you fancy stretching your theatrical muscles or learning some technical skills? Whether you are a writer, a performer or a director, there’s a space at Summer School for you to fill!

Take a look at full list of courses here.

Applications are now open, and if you book before January 31st 2017 you can get a 10% early booking discount.

Roughshod Blog: Rehearsal Room Wizardry

Emily gives us a glimpse inside the first few weeks of Roughshod rehearsal…

I’m convinced that time passes more quickly in York than anywhere else. I can’t believe we’re halfway through our fourth week; I feel like I’ve been here for five minutes – but that I’ve known everyone forever!

What wizardry is this? I’ve wanted to work for Riding Lights for as long as I can remember, so every day is still a total reality check of ‘how is this actually my life?!’ In four weeks we’ve learnt what feels like a million scripts (but have somehow barely touched upon our main show?) played a lot of drama games, pretended to be reluctant teenagers and uncooperative prisoners, and then delivered workshops to the real thing (thankfully they turned out to be a million times nicer and more insightful than our portrayals!).

Going into the prison has been a highlight for me so far – I’d never been in one before and at first the high fences and heavy doors seemed pretty intimidating. But the men inside them were, of course, just ordinary people who had had some difficulties in their lives. They were friendly, welcoming and really appreciative, participating fully and sharing honestly and openly. It felt like an honour to be trusted with some of their stories.

The thing I was most dreading was the infamous Roughshod personality exercise, through which all our flaws would be laid bare and our darkest secrets exposed (or so I thought). Thankfully it was a far more pleasant experience: we chose two personality archetypes (such as Mother, Child, Hero, Jester, Explorer, Artist, Actress etc.) which we represented though clothes and then had to guess what each other had chosen, and how accurate we thought they were. it was actually really interesting to hear how other people see you, and the success of this was entirely down to the grace, compassion and sensitivity of the other Shoddies (and Paul & Paul, I suppose!). I already feel like these people are going to be friends for life – we haven’t stopped laughing since day one, but have also forged depth and honesty in our team. I’m so excited about the next few months!

 

Roughshod Blog: Back To School

After spending most of last autumn touring Baked Alaska, Katie Brier is back in the Friargate rehearsal room, now with Roughshod 2016…outside manor School - Feb 2016

Well, I’m back in York with the lovely people at Riding Lights and we are two weeks into our rehearsals for Roughshod 2016. All I can say is… So far so good! Me and the rest of the Roughshod gang are getting along like a house on fire and we seem to be spending a large portion of our time together in absolute fits of laughter (often at very inappropriate moments, much to the dismay of our director…) So much so, I nearly named this blog “MY BELLY HURTS”. I had a good feeling about this company when my rehearsal brief consisted of:

  1. Read the Sermon on the Mount
  2. Watch loads of comedy. And
  3. Bring tap shoes

You can’t really go wrong with criteria like that.

Before I go on, I should probably explain to those of you who are undoubtedly asking “what on earth is Roughshod…?” exactly what it is that I’m getting myself into. Basically, Roughshod is Riding Lights’ community touring company, designed to take theatre to places that might not otherwise get it. As well performing our show Let Loose, we’ll be visiting churches, colleges, community spaces, prisons, universities, schools, running workshops, taking classes, performing in assemblies and church services – basically, anywhere that will have us!

Which leads me on to the first milestone that we overcame last week – our first schools’ workshops. Following a couple of days of VERY comical rehearsals in which we all took it in turns to play the role of school kids whilst other members of the company road tested the games and activities from the workshops, we packed up a random assortment of props and headed to Manor CE Academy in York.

Now, despite being a “grown up” and having had a bit of experience working with “youths”, going into a high school still terrifies me for two reasons:

  1. By Year 8, most high school students are already taller than me.
  2. I haven’t had the slightest idea about what is “cool” since around 1998.

Meaning that I think I hold very little authority within this particular context!

However, myself and the rest of the Roughshod crew put aside any of our pre-existing fears and delivered two workshops to students in Year 8 and 9, the first on the issues surrounding Social Justice and the second on what it means to have a Christian faith. Neither particularly simple topics to tackle at 9am on a Tuesday!

However, having broken the ice with a few old faithful wacky drama games, both classes did an excellent job of engaging with the activities, sketches and questions that were presented to them. All of the Shoddies are extremely grateful for not only the amount of fun, but also the level of thought-provoking conversation that we had that morning. The students approached the workshops with honesty and good humour in equal measure and the experience was a real reminder of how God is able to multiply what we offer, even when we feel ill-equipped in what we are offering!

The final part of either workshop is a Q&A, in which the students can grill the Shoddies on anything covered in the workshop, their faith or any questions they have about the random life of an actor! Our final question of the day was “so, why did you become a Christian?” I know for those of us that were able to, it was a real privilege share part of our story and talk about something that has provided so much joy and encouragement in our own lives (although we had to be brief as we were dangerously close to cutting into break time!)

So, despite a few jitters and nerve-induced imperfections in our delivery, team Roughshod left our first morning at a school with our dignity still intact and feeling really rather encouraged! Though I think one of the young people summed up the morning far better than I ever could: ‘That was quality. It was good that.’

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’.