22 Dec 2014

Christmas Box Office & Opening Times


The Trestle office will be closed from 12pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.

We hope you all have a very lovely Christmas planned and hopefully we will see some of you on Sunday 28th December for Horse + Bamboo‘s delicious treat of a show, Hansel and Gretel. This dark, chewy and delicious at heart theatre performance promises to be a feast for the senses.
Tickets for Hansel and Gretel are available to buy throughout the festive period via All About St Albans.
Should you urgently need to speak with a member of staff regarding a ticket booking please contact 07814730074 from Boxing Day onwards.

19 Dec 2014

Merry Christmas from Everyone at Trestle

ChristmasBernard 900x376We would like to thank you for your fantastic support over the lively year that has been 2014.
This year has held some exciting developments for the Company and we are delighted to have been the first recipient of the Creative Heart of Flame Award for most innovative Business in Hertfordshire. In 2014 The Deadlies, came into being in collaboration with York Theatre Royal. This Half Mask piece was part of the larger scale On Our Turf project, engaging with communities outside of York; we developed a workshop, performance and sharing process with six collaborating partners including schools, youth theatres and a disability group; the process led to a series of promenade performances and an event at The National Rural Touring Conference at York Theatre Royal.
The Company has introduced Trestle Masks Trestle Mask Module into the Trinity College Performing Arts Exam syllabus and been commissioned to create a set of masks for a Motion Capture based feature film. We have had fun developing our participation programme to include a highly relevant array of Primary school workshops, including Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Primary INSET and have enjoyed training teachers and performers from Gibraltar, Japan, Ireland, Jersey and the Netherlands.
As ever, we feel lucky to have been able to support some amazing performance development and professional training opportunities here at Trestle Arts Base, including hosting internationally renowned master of clown Philippe Gaulier for Small Nose Productions, who we also supported in the development of The Black Dog Project, Keely Mills’ solo show You Can’t be Surprised by a Selfie, which features full masks created in collaboration with our Mask Team and Thadows LOOM, a new work in progress from St Albans based digital arts collective VIDEOfeet, that brought together film, live performance, projection and sound design to create a truly immersive piece.
We are delighted to announce that our Artistic Director Emily Gray will be directing an exciting new musical, Yarico, at London Theatre Workshop in February 2015 and Trestle will be delivering a creative learning programme to accompany the show. Please visit our website to keep up to date with all our latest news.

16 Dec 2014

The Live Music Project Christmas Break


The Live Music Project is taking a break for Christmas but will be back with another fantastic line up on Saturday 31st January 2015.  We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the project through the year especially Denise Parsons – Promoter, Jack Hobbs from Jacket Studios for stage management and sound, Dorian Brooke on lighting,  Dani Medlin running the door and merchandise stall and all the other volunteers that have helped out along the way. We look forward to supporting local original music throughout 2015.
Performing in January will be Silverspace, The Maida Vales, Navarro and The Portraits. Please keep checking the website for further details.

4 Nov 2014

Horse + Bamboo Returns to Trestle this Christmas

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Trestle is delighted that Horse + Bamboo Theatre will be returning to Trestle Arts Base this Christmas for the third consecutive year with another enchanting production; a beautiful rendition of the well known fairytale Hansel and Gretel. The show will include masks, puppets, music and story-telling which is at the heart of Horse + Bamboo’s theatre.
I adore Horse and Bamboo. Simply, they make beautiful, stunning and utterly engaging theatre. I cannot speak too highly about the quality and originality of their shows. A must see company” – Nick Park, Aardman Animations and creator of Wallace and Gromit.
There will be two performances on Sunday 28 December at 2pm and 4.30pm.  Early booking is advised after tickets quickly sold out for the last family show.
For details about the show and to book tickets click here

8 Oct 2014

Trestle Wins Award for Most Innovative Business

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Trestle is thrilled to have won the Creative Hertfordshire Flame Awardfor Most Innovative Business on Saturday evening and would like to express its thanks to those who have recognised Trestle’s achievements. Although Trestle’s work is for a charitable cause it’s wonderful to be recognised as a thriving business both in the community and nationally.  These new awards are a celebration of Hertfordshire’s creative talent and of arts and culture countywide and Trestle are proud to have been the very first winner of the award.  Trestle would like to also congratulate all the other winners and the nominees who represent the excellent array of creative talent in Herts.
The Flame Award follows another proud achievement by Trestle Mask Maker, Joseph Arm, who was a Young Business Person of the Year Finalist at the St Albans Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards recently.  Joseph’s artistic talent and creation of a new set of half masks for Trestle has played an integral part in the growth and development of the business.
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15 Aug 2014

Marvellous Masks returns in September

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Join us on Mondays, 4.30-6.00pm, for lots of madcap mask fun at Trestle Arts Base.

Using Trestle full masks and half masks you will build skills and confidence in mask performance, create wonderful characters, devise scenes and have an opportunity to take part in a mask performance at the end of term. The sessions are led by Trestle’s professional theatre practitioners and there will also be the opportunity to work towards new Trinity Exams in Mask Theatre.
Cost:  £6.00 per session.
For everyone ages 10-16 years.
Monday 15 Sept – Monday 20 Oct  (6 weeks)
Half Term Break
Monday 3 Nov  – Monday 8 Dec (6 weeks)
You can pay weekly, for half a term or for the full term: £6 / £36 / £72
To reserve your place or find out more,  please call 01727 850950 or email takingpart@trestle.org.uk
In partnership with Beaumont School, St Albans & Trinity College London.

5 Aug 2014

The Deadlies: Trestle’s Yorkshire Adventure

It all began back in March with a box of half masks and the idea of the seven deadly sins and culminated in mid-July with a celebration at York Theatre Royal. We worked with 125 young people and 26 adults, delivered 21 workshops and 6 performances for over 300 audience members. We travelled thousands of miles across Yorkshire and brought 128 half masks into the County.
Through March, Emily Gray spent three weeks up at York Theatre Royal with a brilliant Trestle team:  performer, workshop leaders Audrie Woodhouse and John Cockerill experimented with the masks and ideas of trading your home for an adventure.  Dramaturg Hannah Davies drew the story together, composer Ben Glasstone created moments of music and producer Alex Wright asked pertinent questions at important points!

Deadlies John 300x200We worked with two groups from St Olave’s School andAmpleforth College, students from University of York and aYork Theatre Royal youth group. We shared mask skills and showed the groups a short mask performance; they then created further material for our story and had fun developing the characters of the sins and finding a relevance to their lives.  Quotes from the young people on what The Deadlies is about included: ‘Human issues that you have to deal with’ , ‘You can overcome anything’.
In May we refined the process and visited four Yorkshire towns which are part of the On Our Turf project (funded by Arts Council Strategic Touring), which engages with communities outside of York; we were welcomed into Selby High SchoolWoldgate College in Pocklington, The Old Boot Shop in Easingwold and Helmsley Arts Centre youth theatre. The groups created delightful interpretations of the masks and the story and shared their work with friends and family. Each group were given two mask sets to continue developing their mask work.
Deadlies girl 300x200‘Working with Trestle Theatre Company was a fantastic experience for our students who responded wonderfully to Emily’s direction.  The invaluable experience of working alongside professional performers, learning how to use the masks and sharing the devising process was challenging but thoroughly enjoyable. The resulting performance was a huge success and the feedback we got from our audience and members of staff in school made me very proud to have been involved.’   – Sally Lewis, Selby High School
In July, back at York Theatre Royal during lunch time at the wonderful New Directions Festival, the teenagers from Selby High School improvised their way around the cafĂ© and foyer as playful masked Deadlies and the disabled adults from the Old Boot Shop entertained audiences out in the courtyard.  We found that participants can improvise effectively in half mask, given the time and confidence to develop the necessary skills and that audiences relate to and enjoy the characters of the Deadly Sins.
Thank you to York Theatre Royal, who set us a challenge, gave us support, let us experiment and discover a successful model of delivery. Thank you to all those who helped us to raise funds via The Big Give to see this project begin to take flight. We have a Yorkshire version of The Deadlies and now we need to create interpretations that can travel through other counties….please get in touch if you would like to discuss a version for your locality.
The Deadlies is Trestle’s latest invention; a performance and participation project, offering a new way of involving local people in professional performance through Trestle Half Masks. The story follows Archie, played by a professional actor, as he encounters the Seven Deadly Sins, brought to life by participants in half mask. Trestle, supported by York Theatre Royal, has been working with groups in Yorkshire, integrating them into the telling of the story with elements of improvisation and audience interaction. Together we have created performance events that spill beyond the conventional theatre space.
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