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Spaces still available on Riding Lights Summer School

Could taking part in this year's Riding Lights Summer School be a key step towards a career in the theatre?

Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company is currently enjoying a successful nationwide tour with iWitness, but when this finishes in mid-July the cast will be high-tailing it back to York to join in the 18th Riding Lights Summer Theatre School, assisting with stage management, fun and games.

The current Roughshod company,  the 'Shoddies', is a group of young actors who are spending a year in the company taking theatre into the heart of communities, visiting schools, colleges, prisons, churches and youth clubs. Alongside these pre-booked performances and workshops there are also public performances. 

Michael Perkins, Emma Bagnall, Pippa Gibb,Stefanie Drayson le Tissier and Rob Holman have been travelling around the UK since February, on an eye-wateringly busy schedule, criss-crossing the country from Sunderland in the North East to Bodmin in Cornwall.

Using a mix of powerful storytelling, comedy and music, iWitness reports what happens when unchanging truths collide with modern myths, challenging audiences to balance justice and forgiveness on the same pair of scales.

At the end of the tour the Shoddies will be returning to York, bringing their passion and enthusiasm for theatre and faith to Riding Lights Summer Theatre School, the highly popular, well established residential week-long course run by professional actors and writers, and this year taking place from 27 July until 3 August. There is a strong connection between the Summer Theatre School and Roughshod with several past attendees going on to become Shoddies themselves and many other attendees going on to professional careers in the theatre as actors, writers and directors.

There are still some places available at the Riding Lights Theatre Company Summer Theatre School and more details can be found at or telephone 01904 655317.

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