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Giving kids a sense of drama

Riding Lights Theatre Company is launching a new Youth Theatre Group this month aimed at children aged between seven and 11

Riding Lights Theatre Company is launching a new Youth Theatre Group this month (September) to help children aged between seven and 11 explore their creativity through theatre skills.

The Riding Lights 7-11s at Friargate Theatre, York will give children a chance to take part in acting, storytelling, physical theatre, scriptwriting, comedy and mask theatre.  No experience is necessary. At the end of the term there will be an opportunity to share new skills with family and friends.

“Youth Theatre can help young people grow in confidence and develop social awareness skills, and it’s fantastic to witness this on a weekly basis,” said Jonathan Boustead, Riding Lights Youth Theatre Director.

Riding Lights has had a busy year. On top of its highly successful spring touring production Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Opymlic© Feat! and a Roughshod tour Take The World lasting over four months, the company was also one of the partners in the critically acclaimed York Mystery Plays 2012, performed throughout August in York Museum Gardens.

Riding Lights Artistic Director Paul Burbridge was the joint Artistic Director for the Plays and other members of the theatre company were involved throughout the planning and production.

Amidst all of this activity, Riding Lights gained a ‘Good Place to Come’ Award, awarded by disabled young people in The Children’s Society in conjunction with City of York Council. The award was for Riding Lights ‘Acting Up’ Youth Theatre, designed to meet the needs of young people with additional needs and disabilities.

For further information about Riding Lights 7-11s please e-mail


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