Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


From its base in York, Riding Lights Theatre Company has been producing great theatre across the UK for the past 40 years. As a company, Riding Lights places a strong emphasis on the importance of community. Since 2001, our Youth Theatre has brought together hundreds of York’s children and young people and offered them a creative platform, regardless of their background or social situations. These fantastic young people learn and develop skills that not only result in quality theatre, but also boost their confidence and self-esteem in a world that is ever changing and increasingly difficult to keep up with. They learn to work with likeminded people, whom they may otherwise never have met, and the results can be astounding.

Yorkshire Youth Theatre Festival
In July 2018, this regional youth theatre festival will bring together young people from across Yorkshire, to participate in a weekend of workshops, shared performances, and group activities. There will be great opportunities for practitioners to network, share advice, and take part in workshops. This event will be a big step towards building strong relationships in Youth Theatre across the county.
We believe that theatre has the power to bring together communities and transform young lives. With that aim in mind, we have been working alongside York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre to co-produce ‘The Big Yorkshire Youth Theatre Festival’.

“At Riding Lights Youth Theatre, we are more than just youth theatre, we are like a family” Senior Youth Theatre member (2013).

What do we need?
We would like the festival to be accessible to everyone, and need to raise funds to enable this to happen. Therefore, we are asking for funding in two specific areas. We would like to fund a series of accessible workshops over the weekend. This would cost £500 and enable those with additional needs and disabilities to engage with the project and the wider Youth Theatre community. We would also like to run a workshop, which focuses on accessible theatre at a cost of £400. We also want to provide ten travel bursaries of £200 (total of £2000) allowing disadvantaged young people from further afield to travel to York for the festival. We would also like to provide the support team of 20 young people, with festival t-shirts making them identifiable at a cost of £9 each (£180). This is a total application of £3080.
We are passionate about making this festival open to young people of all backgrounds, and hope that with the support of our community and members, we can make this possible.

Riding Lights Theatre Company

I am proud of the great impact this project will have in building a wider sense of community among creative young people in Yorkshire youth theatres. It will enable young performers from varied backgrounds to grow in confidence through the process of working together and learning from each other.

Location: York