RYT’s Sell out production raises £200.00 for Tree Festival Charities


‘The Drummer Boy at Christmas’ by the ryt mentor writing team,  performed to a sell out crowd at the Richmond Methodist Church on December 7th 2018 raising £200.00 for the Church Tree Festival Charities.  Councillor Stuart Parsons, who perfomed a cameo part in the play said “The cast, crew and writers worked incredibly hard to create the production and deserved the event to be such a success.  Raising £200.00 for charity  was a fantastic outcome”.   Mrs Ash greatfully received the donation on behalf of the Tree Festival the next morning.


Richmondshire District Council’s Leader Visits RYT after Providing us with Funding.

42164675_862575437199779_6414259577532973056_nWe are pleased to have received funding from Richmondshire District Councils Small Business Grant Scheme.  This has helped us to purchase a new PA system and lots of new learning resources.  The Small Business Grant Scheme has now closed for applications this year having made another 45 awards totalling £38,000.  “This scheme offers small grants that can make a big difference to businesses around Richmondshire,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock (who is pictured with members of the group). “I am looking forward to see more of the excellent shows produced by this talented group of young people.”   For the full press release visit:



RYT gain funding for a Dales Inspired Drama Project

Back in March 2018, our pupil Thomas Chandler gave a fantastic presentation at the Dales Countryside Museum about his play ‘The Miners of Lead’. This presentation inspired the creation of our ‘Dales Drama Project’. Suported by the Dales Countryside Museum, this project will provide our members with many different performance experiences within the museum and at Richmond, including the creation of sound recordings for the museum’s new interactive displays. The project will include two performances of the Richmondshire community play ‘Last Dance of a Dalesman’ by the talented Nobby Dimon of North Country Theatre.

We are pleased this project has received funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. This fund is open to individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector bodies. It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park’s environment, economy and communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape.


On 13th October we took our middle and senior members to the Dales Countryside Museum to research the dales social history. This research will underpin their upcoming auditions and performances.

Ryt members Attend a Workshop by Professional Actor Mark Cronfield

On the 29th of April some of our middle and senior members worked with talented actor Mark Cronfield on a workshop based on Homers Odyssey.

Mark’s professional credits include The National Theatre, TV’s Brookside and extensive tours with many theatre company’s including our local, talented North Country Theatre. We are thankful to Mark for delivering such a fantastic workshop and to Councillor Karin Sedgwick and North Yorkshire County Council for providing our young people with full funding for this project.

Ryt Members go on Tour with the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

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Two of ryt senior mentors are currently touring venues across Richmondshire with the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT).  ‘The Shout’ was written by Pete Roe who is a member of the SMRT to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the organisation. It is a humorous and poignant story of everyday mountain rescue folk.   Pete contacted ryt looking for two young people to take part in the production and we were glad to help.  This will be a great experience for our members and ryt are very proud to support the SMRT.




Fight School Workshops

Our Leyburn and Richmond middle and senior members have taken part in workshops to enable them to develop basic stage fighting skills.   Sam Hedges, our fight school director focused on the use of swords and shields during performance.



Sam was a training officer with Historia Normannis, a Medieval Reenactment Group and  has directed fight scenes for many of our productions, including The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (adapted by Ken Ludwig) and Troy 24 by David Calcutt, both  at the Georgian Theatre Royal.



ryts Fight School Director Sam Hedges with Historia Normannis. 

Junior ryt Members Decorate a Christmas Tree for a local Tree Festival

Our junior members have worked hard making theatre themed decorations to cover the ryt Christmas tree for the Richmond Methodist Church 2017 Christmas Tree Festival.    Our costume maker Gillian Shaw also made lots of theatre masks, jesters and ryt drummer boys to place on the tree.   The festival was opened to the public by the mayor of Richmond, Councillor Stuart Parsons on 1st December.


RYT Members Perform to a Sell out Town Hall and the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire

Our Richmond Seniors were hosted by the Mayor of Richmond Councillor Stuart Parsons on 18th November, as they proudly performed in front of Mr Barry Dodd the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire at Richmond Town Hall.  The event, to support the Mayoral Charities, was fully sold out and a great evenings entertainment was had by all.  The evening began with the final performance of our successful touring production to raise awareness of dementia called  ‘We are Such Stuff as Memories are Made on’  by our past pupils Christopher Smallman and Cordelia Stevenson and our current pupils Ben Clarke and Thomas Chandler.  After the interval we were treated to a lively version of ‘The Drummer Boy’ by our past pupil Thomas Mann, which had the audience laughing out loud with delight.   The Lord Lieutenant addressed the audience at the end of both performances saying  “This evening is something I will never forget.  A wonderful evening in a wonderful building”.  He went on to say “The play about dementia is stunning”.

Congratulations to both casts and thank you to the fantastic volunteers from RYT and Richmond Town Hall, SW Productions and Antony McFarland from the Alzheimer’s Society  for your hard work and support.



RYT Leyburn Seniors become Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends

facebook_1507814269152Antony McFarland, the Dementia Support Worker from the Alzheimer’s Society at Garget Walker House, visited our Leyburn Seniors recently in his role as a Dementia Friends Champion. Antony gave a very informative talk about dementia and its impact on people, families and the community.   He spoke about how we can all support people to live well with dementia. The group are now proud to be Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends.   RYT will be performing  ‘We are Such Stuff as Memories are Made On’  for a final time at Richmond Town Hall on 18th on November in support of the Mayoral Charity.   This production, by RYT’s past and present pupils, recently toured across Richmondshire to raise awareness of The Friends of Garget Walker House, a local charity that supports those in our community affected by Dementia.   Tickets for the performance on 18th November are available now from Richmond Town Hall.