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Trestle School of Drama | Half Term ‘Play in a Day’ THE JUNGLE BOOK

Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines at Lowewood Museum

Philippe Gaulier Workshop

SASS | St Albans Acting and Singing Studios | Christmas Workshop

Join us for a VERY Trestle Christmas!

Calling all budding Witches and Wizards this Half Term

Pursued by a Bear Productions join us at Trestle Arts Base


Super Summer Schools and Wonderful Work Placements

M-ask and Arts Award Success!

Trestle School of Drama opens its doors this September!

15Festival: Workshops

Spies, lies and A Machine they’re Secretly Building at Trestle Arts Base as part of the 15Festival

MÓTUS Dance Lineup Announced

15Festival in full swing!

Life Drawing | Specialty Workshops | Soft Pastel and Clay

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Merry Christmas from Trestle Theatre Company

The Yarico Education Trailer

Sustainable St Albans 2016

Morpurgo Magic at Trestle Arts Base this Christmas!

Calling all illustrators and graphic design artists!

Trestle Theatre’s FUN PALACE 2016

Herts Hidden Heroines @ Verulamium Museum, this Summer!

Hidden Stories

Bringing Trestle to the Workplace

Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines on Film

VIDEO: Trestle Masks on BBC 2 Artsnight

Help Highfield Park Raise additional funds for a brand new play area!

Arts on Prescription

INSET Training for Teacher’s & Practitioner’s

Trestle on BBC TV this week!

Christmas Box Office & Opening Times

Legendary Violinist, Peter Knight (Steeleye Span) presents Gigspanner | Sat 7 Nov

Trestle Big Draw 2015 | Sat 31 Oct, 1pm | FREE

Sustainable St Albans Week 21-28 Nov

SAMs Refugee Appeal | Sun 18 Oct, 10.30am – 2pm

Trestle Masks come to Cambridge

Getting involved with this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival?

What would make your list of brilliant things?

Are you happy?

Learn to love your shelf this Mother’s Day

Trestle Artistic Director Emily Gray to Direct NEW Jodie Kidd musical ‘Yarico’

Merry Christmas from Everyone at Trestle

Win tickets to see Hansel + Gretel this December

Horse + Bamboo Returns to Trestle this Christmas

Trestle Wins Award for Most Innovative Business

Marvellous Masks returns in September

The Deadlies: Trestle’s Yorkshire Adventure

Thadows Loom

The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet; featuring Trestle Half Masks

Philippe Gaulier Clown Workshop

Hopelessly Devoted by Kate Tempest

Lost Dog in Edinburgh

June 2013: 30 Days, 50 Workshops, 300 Trestle Masks and 610 participants…

The Snow Queen National Tour

New focus for Trestle: Expansion of mask work and emphasis on youth provision

The Man with the Luggage R&D

Author Blog On Burn my Heart




Trestle School of Drama | Half Term ‘Play in a Day’ THE JUNGLE BOOK

15 February 2018, 10am-3pm (Optional early drop off from 9am)
Held at Trestle Arts Base, Russet Dr, St Albans AL4 0JQ
For ages 7-16

This February Half Term Trestle will be creating their very own version of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ in just one day! Join us as we take a walk on the wild side using drama games and exercises to bring this wonderful story to life with a sharing at the end of the day.

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Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines at Lowewood Museum

We are delighted that Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines will return with an exhibition at The Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne this Spring. Following on from the success of our 2015/16 HLF funded project we are delighted that our Heroines will get the chance to grace the walls of this beautiful museum.

Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines

13 January – 28 April 2018

Many fascinating, successful and courageous women were born, lived and worked in Hertfordshire. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, this exhibition features some of them, focusing on those who were pioneering, ground-breaking and inspiring in some way.

For more information please visit

All original content from HHH can be viewed

Philippe Gaulier Workshop

Philippe Gaulier is back for his fifth intensive workshop at Trestle Arts Base.


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Philippe Gaulier will be running his famous Clown workshop for us again at Trestle Arts Base, St Albans in January 2018.

The workshop will run from 9.30 -15.30 and Philippe will be teaching for the whole of the workshop. This is the workshop that surports all of his work with Clown and looks at a sense of play, finding the game and having a sense of pleasure on stage.


There will be 34 spaces available. The workshop is perfect for anyone interested in Clown and developing their ability to play on stage. It will be delivered with Philippe’s own unique style.

The fee for the workshop is £400.00.

To secure your place you will need to complete this registration form: Reg Le Jeu 2018 and return it was a deposit of £150 to

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SASS | St Albans Acting and Singing Studios | Christmas Workshop

Trestle Arts Base
20 – 22 December, 10am – 3pm
For ages 5 – 15
Costs: £120 for 3 days | £50 per day ( Sibling discount 20%, Friend discount 10%)

To book contact SASS directly at or call 07900216269

If you’re looking for something fun and fabulous for your kids to do in the Xmas holidays why not get them involved in the SASS Christmas Theatre Workshop from 20th-22nd December.

The performers will be learning songs, scenes and dances from festive favourites to create a Christmas Extravaganza. This will be performed in the main Theatre on the 22nd at 3pm. The workshop will be lead by industry professionals.

About Georgina White:
Georgina is a RADA trained actress and singerwho has played leading roles in productions all over the UK and more recently she has moved into film. She created St Albans Acting & Singing Studios (SASS) where she utilises her 15 years of professional experience on both Stage and Screen. She has also taught both acting and singing privately, and also for Stagecoach Theatre Arts, throughout her career. Georgina uses her training and experience in the industry to create personally tailored sessions for each student.

Join us for a VERY Trestle Christmas!

Saturday 9 December, 5pm
All Tickets: £6 (Family/Group Ticket x 4: £20)

This December Trestle invite you to celebrate all things festive in our afternoon showcase on Saturday 9th December at 5pm . The afternoon will weave together performances from Trestle School of Drama and Story Tent’s Kathryn Holt beautiful storytelling, transforming the theatre into a magical winter wonderland.

Trestle School of Drama will perform sketches devised by the children, exploring their own unique ideas about Christmas and the festive season.

Kathryn Holt will once again take to the Trestle stage bringing her unique style of storytelling all wrapped up in Christmas wonder. Kathryn will tell a frosty and festive tale from Russia, a tale where a mysterious visitor dressed in red appears at the door of an inn in the middle of the night and the innkeepers fortunes are changed forever……

Book now

Please note that tickets must be purchased for everyone over the age of 18 months, children performing in the showcase will not be required to purchase tickets. 

Calling all budding Witches and Wizards this Half Term

Trestle Autumn School of Drama

This October Half Term Trestle will be running 2 unique holiday programmes jam packed full of drama and games for ages 4-7 and 8-14. Each day the participants will learn new skills from Trestle trained specialists and explore the theme to create their own story to share on the last day.


23 – 25 October 10am-3pm

For ages 4 – 7

Join Trestle for three days of games, drama and storytelling exploring the mysterious world of magic and mischief.

(Optional early drop off from 9.00am and late pick up until 4pm on request)



23 – 25 October 10am-3pm
For ages 8 – 14

Join Trestle for three days of magical make-believe using drama and storytelling to explore the wonderful world of witches and wizards.

(Optional early drop off from 9.00am and late pick up until 4pm on request)


Why Trestle?

The longest standing professional theatre company in St Albans, Trestle offers its participants the opportunity to work, learn and play at Trestle Arts Base inspiring them to build in confidence, make friends, improve communication and explore their creativity.

With nearly 40 years’ experience in arts and education and a wide range of expert specialists at our finger tips Trestle is the perfect place to start your journey with drama and grow with us.


£75 per child per course
Early drop off £5 per child per day
Late pick up £5 per child per day

Pursued by a Bear Productions join us at Trestle Arts Base

Pursued by a Bear Productions | New Artistic Director – New Residency

Rosamunde Hutt

Pursued by a Bear Productions are pleased to announce that Rosamunde Hutt has been invited to become Artistic Director. She succeeds Helena Bell who was appointed Artistic Director of Kali Theatre Company in 2016.

The Company are now moving into Trestle Arts Base in St Albans as a resident company, renewing our commitment to the south east region. We leave Farnham Maltings after a successful 13 year relationship.

Rosamunde Hutt’s extensive career has focused on new writing. She served as Artistic Director of Theatre Centre from 1993-2007 and Associate Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre between 2007 and 2011. Recent freelance directing includes the multi award nominated Love Bombs and Apples by Hassan Abdulrazzak (AIK Productions/Turtle Key Arts/Arcola 2015, 2016 plus UK tour, and Edinburgh Festival 2017), award nominated This Evil Thing by Michael Mears (Edinburgh Festival 2016 and touring the UK in autumn 2017), and John Whiting Award winner Jumping on my Shadow by Peter Rumney (Dragon Breath Theatre/Lakeside Arts Centre, touring the Midlands in autumn 2017) which she originally commissioned at Theatre Centre.

Chair of PBAB’s Trustees Cathy Westbrook said: “We warmly welcome Rosamunde to the company and are greatly looking forward to working with her and with Trestle. We are also deeply grateful to Farnham Maltings for all their support over the many years they have been our home.”

Rosamunde Hutt herself said that “Having followed PBAB’s exemplary work since Stuart Mullins and Joseph Millson founded the company in 1998 I have regarded PBAB as a beacon of imaginative and provocative new writing. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue to develop the company’s long-standing commitment to diversity and story-telling with a global perspective.”

Emily Gray, Artistic Director of Trestle said “We are delighted to welcome PBAB into Trestle Arts Base, where the distinct skills and experience of the two companies will complement each other in developing new productions and projects.”

Pursued By A Bear’s Associate Director, Grant Watson, will continue to develop film and transmedia projects for the company. His play The Lamellar Project, was commissioned and toured by PBAB in 2016 and transferred in July 2017 to Philadelphia, USA in a production led by Tiny Dynamite.


A Paines Plough production.
Thursday 5 October 7.30pm

Tell us a bit about Growth.

Growth is a play about a guy who finds a lump on his testicle and then has to deal with the fallout of that…

But it’s really about how life forces you to grow up by insisting you make decisions and take responsibility for all manner of things, like-it-or-not.  It’s as much about my fear of  completing a tax-return or going to the dentist as it is about testicular  cancer.

What inspired the show?

The main event happened to a mate of mine, but the play isn’t at all  biographical…

GROWTH was originally commissioned for graduating actors at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, so- more than anything- I wanted to write something that might stir people in their early twenties. And the idea that young people get ill, maybe even die, is a tough thing to accept when you feel invincible, but there’s something about being on that precipice of leaving education for the ‘real world’ that feels like it resonates with the play somehow.

Cancer isn’t a traditionally funny topic, was this difficult to write?

It was difficult to write… but not really for that reason. I sort of think you’d probably be hard-pushed to find anyone (British at least) who faces a grave illness- or any seemingly bleak situation- without some humour. It’s about the only coping mechanism we’ve got. And in dramaturgical terms, I don’t think a play about a ‘serious topic’ would even work without some laughs. Light and shade and all that.

Who would you recommend Growth to?

Anyone who fancies getting out of the house, really… but I suppose it’s designed to chime with anyone who has anxieties about getting older, or anyone who is facing change, or making difficult decisions. Or anyone who has a to-do list that they’re tempted to ignore.


Super Summer Schools and Wonderful Work Placements

This blog was written by James Bailey who was with Trestle on a work placement from the 2nd year of his Community Theatre degree at East 15 Acting School. We’ve loved having James on board and can’t wait to hear his thoughts on our Summer School.

Friday 14th August marked the end of Trestle’s Summer School workshops and after a week of hard work we gathered in the theatre to share what we had created. The younger group took us on an adventure around the world, inspired by some of Trestle’s international partnerships. The performance started in Spain with an energetic flamenco dance, complete with fans the children had made themselves. We were then quickly whisked away to India and told the story of a hungry crocodile and the cheeky monkey who outsmarted him. The final stop of the show was Africa, where we were treated to a Congolese folk song played on the children’s own handmade African drums. Although I didn’t work closely with the younger group this week, it was always great to get a taste of their energy and enthusiasm at lunch time and this energy was very clearly on display in their showing.

After a delightful trip around the real world, it was time for the older group to take us to an alternate world; a world where children are in charge! Through some fantastic mask work, we were shown the wonders of a world where there are theme-parks on every corner, sweet shops aplenty and it’s illegal for parents to tell children off. However, soon the cracks began to show in this world: the theme parks all break down, everyone is ill from eating too many sweets, and children who were never told off have grown into adults who have no idea how the world works. Eventually the Party Party (this world’s government) decide that they need to focus on things that will actually help everyone, like better train infrastructure, more electric cars and a bigger focus on healthy food in shops.

This week has been such an eye-opening and creative experience for me and it was the perfect way to spend the second week of my drama school work placement. Whilst working with the older group it was great to see how they all individually responded to the workshops and games we’d planned (a particular favourite being “Wolves”, I’ve never played so many rounds of that game in such a short space of time!). Over the course of the week, the group’s mask and drama skills improved immensely and we created and played with some very interesting characters, from evil witches to rebellious children. However, It wasn’t all fun and games, and what will stay with me most after this week were the mature and insightful conversations we had about the theme “If I Ruled the World”. All the ideas used in the final performance came directly from those conversations with the young performers and they managed to create a great performance that showed the repercussions of the fun policies of their ideal world and ended with solutions that would actually help everyone in the long run.

Finally, thank you to everyone who took part and made the summer school such a memorable experience. We hope you had as much fun as we did! 

For more information on upcoming projects with young people at Trestle Arts Base please go to

M-ask and Arts Award Success!

Early this year we had the delight of running the second cohort of our twelve week M-ask Well being drama programme at Hemel Old Town Hall. A wonderful group of participants joined us for weekly sessions where we explored the idea of “I may be young but”. We also learnt lots of new drama games and worked to develop our acting skills with the Trestle basic mask set.

The project looks to help participants grow in confidence and create a new community of friends through drama, mask and play. Some of the things they enjoyed most were.

“Working with people I wouldn’t normally get a chance to work and perform with.”

“Being able to express ideas and present them through acting”.

The group also really enjoyed watching a performance of Trestle’s production of Jekyll and Hyde that is currently touring schools. Reviewing this show formed part of their Bronze Arts Award that they worked towards throughout the project.

The twelve weeks culminated in a sharing of the work at Hemel Old Town Hall with a visit from the Mayor! Everyone’s friends and families loved the sharing and said how it was wonderful to see their ideas on stage.

Part of the programme is to equip the young people with new life skills but they also received a qualification through the Arts Award. Having recently had our moderation we are thrilled to say that everyone achieved their Bronze Arts Award. Our moderator said.

“…your choice of topics sets the bar so that students from a mixture of backgrounds are engaged with the issues.”

Huge congratulations to all! The project has been a huge success and a lot of fun.

“…a great approach that is so open that the students feel confident to dare and go to new places. Well done.”

We can’t wait to do it all again, the next cohort starts up in September, so keep an eye out for the chance to sign up!

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