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.