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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

Philippe Gaulier Workshop

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




Life Drawing | Specialty Workshops | Soft Pastel and Clay

Join Life Drawing St Albans, run and tutored by illustrator Bob Wright for two special workshops.

pastel-workshop-with-jessie-rayat-february-27th-wSoft Pastel Workshop with Jessie Rayat

Sunday 26 February, 2.30pm – 6pm 
Cost: £35 paid in advance (inc booking fee)

Join local artist Jessie Rayat for three hours of portraiture at Trestle Arts Base on Sunday, February 26th, using soft pastels.

Pastels are a fantastic medium for illustrations and portraits. They’re ideal for sketching, capturing light and creating tone. There will be the opportunity on the day to experiment with pastels and to produce more developed pieces. The focus will be on developing your skills and techniques, as well as encouraging you to explore your own style. This is a good taste of the type of workshops that Jessie holds regularly in Harpenden, so if after the session you feel that you would like to develop your pastel work further there is the opportunity to do so.

Jessie is a painter and art educator with over 10 years experience in teaching. She has exhibited at multiple galleries and venues across Hertfordshire and London. You can visit her website here.

Price includes refreshment.  Materials are not provided there will be some paper available but a list of recommended materials will be supplied.  Four artists to a model, DSLR photography will be supplied should you want to add finishing touches to your work after the session

Head over to Meetup now to book your space or e-mail with your request and further details will be sent to you directly. Cost for this session is £35 (Includes booking fee) paid in advance.


5c431e2a-3f02-4936-8919-72b70b2be4d3Full figure sculpture session with Ben Twiston Davis

Sunday 19 March 2.30 pm – 6pm
Cost: £46.75 (Includes booking fee) paid in advance

Join illustrator Bob Wright and artist Ben Twiston Davis on Sunday, March 19th for 3 hours of sculpture.  In this session, we will be creating a fully standing figure.

Ben Twiston Davis has taught at the Art Academy in London, exhibited at a wide variety of private and public exhibitions, has a permanent installation in Covent Garden and worked with the Henry Moore foundation and Turner award-winning artist Keith Tyson.  You can see example of Ben’s work here,

All tools will be supplied as well as the armature needed to create a standing figure and give your sculpture the strength and rigidity needed to set.

Head over to Meetup now to book your space or e-mail with your request and further details will be sent to you directly. Cost for this session is £46.75 (Includes booking fee) paid in advance.

You can find samples of work produced from previous workshops on Meetup or Facebook here.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The University of Bedfordshire Access and Outreach department and Trestle Theatre Company have joined together to bring you a thrilling performance of ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, specifically aimed at engaging GCSE students.

This 45 minute live version of Stevenson’s story brings out the drama of the mystery, giving a clear and vivid sense of the narrative and characters.

Using mask, physical performance and a specially composed soundscape, Trestle’s memorable performance will get its audience members excited by the story, intrigued by the characters and engaged by the ideas.

For further information please email

(Performances will be available from April 2017 onwards)


Trestle Theatre Company is renowned internationally for its mask work and highly effective educational programmes. Trestle is currently fundraising to be able to offer workshops and resources to accompany the performance of Jekyll & Hyde; details will be available in February 2017. | @TrestleTheatre


The University of Bedfordshire works with schools and colleges across the region, and further afield, to ensure that there are opportunities for everyone to access higher education and reach their potential.

Through their Outreach Programme they provide lots of outreach support and activities for teachers and trainers, parents and carers, and community groups to raise awareness, aspirations and achievement so that groups that are otherwise under-represented can successfully progress to Higher Education. | @uniofbeds

Merry Christmas from Trestle Theatre Company

Thank You so much for your continued support of Trestle through 2016, which has been such an exciting year for the Company. If you have a moment in between mulled wine and mince pies do click here and have a read of what we have been up to, but here are the best bits:

  • Nina Conti performing with Trestle Masks 
  • Two BBC appearances – Trestle on Arts Night and Flog it! 
  • Herts Hidden Heroines discovering numerous amazing women 
  • Numbers: 440 workshops with 7,000 participants. 642 mask sets sent across the world
  • We welcomed Morris our Office Dog to Trestle Arts Base.

Trestle Arts Base Christmas Opening Hours

Saturday 24th December 2016 – Monday 2nd January 2017 | Closed
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 | Trestle Office Open
Week commencing 9th | Most classes resume, please be sure to check with your class provider for details.

Wishing you all a very merry festive season,

– The Trestle Team

PS. You can check out our Christmas video featuring our office dog Morris and his photo shoot here

The Yarico Education Trailer

Yarico Education Programme Trailer from Trestle Theatre on Vimeo.


‘…The slave trade is probably one of the biggest blights in the history of this sceptered isle and is something that is very rarely mentioned. That has all changed now with…“Yarico” a powerfully emotional story of love and betrayal in the 17c.’ –London Theatre 1

The programme includes:

– A professional performance presentation
– Interactive workshops
– High quality educational resources
– Brand new mask sets

Yarico is the true story of an 17c. Amerindian woman who saved the life of a British merchant; after falling in love and sailing to Barbados, he sold her into slavery. The issues within the story include ideological and theatrical exploration of ‘being enslaved’ in both historical and contemporary contexts, culturally diverse relationships and the power of music as a tool for expression in response to adversity.

Curriculum Links:

Themes include devised theatre, ‘living in the wider world’, ‘tolerance and respect’, ‘social, historical and contextual’ elements of ‘past and contemporary culture’ (PSHE Non-Stat). With specific focus on embedded, metacognitive and integrated learning processes through creating links to the wider curriculum.

The educational programme is available either in full or part at your school/organisation.

To discuss your requirements e: t: 01727 850 950 or visit for more information

Sustainable St Albans 2016

Trestle Theatre Company are delighted to be involved for the second year running with this year’s Sustainable St Albans Week. Throughout the week there will be events and workshops supporting the event as well as information about how you and your community can get involved throughout the week and beyond.

What is Sustainable St Albans Week?


Individuals, organisations and groups around the district run their own local events during the week –  events which suits their interests and is related to one of the then themes of the  environmental sustainability framework.

  •  A week of exciting activities/events all about environmental sustainability; waste, natural habitat, heritage, water, transport, energy, health, happiness… See ideas for events click here
  • An opportunity to demonstrate we care for the environmental sustainability of our unique historic district
  • Connecting individuals and communities of all ages, faiths and diverse interests

On Sunday 20 November Kathryn Holt from Story Tent will be running a family junk modelling session “Replay!”

Come and let your imagination be fired by exploring all sorts of recycled materials and transforming them into art rather than sending them to landfill!


Also in the theatre between 10.30am to 4.30pm there will be a craft fair featuring crystal and recycled jewelry, wool fairies, giftware, picture frames and much more.




On November 23 between 10.30am – 11.30am members of the Sustainable St Albans team will be on hand in Trestle’s Gallery Cafe to answer questions about…

Playing Out… What it is and how you can get started with a street partyplaying-out-approved-for-future-visions

Come and have a coffee with the Herts Playing Out Team and find out how to enable your children to safely play out in your own street.

Would you like to have a street party in your road?street-party-picture

Come and meet the Our Street Party team and get information and help on how to set up a Street Party in your street.

Morpurgo Magic at Trestle Arts Base this Christmas!

Christmas comes early as Skewbald Theatre bring’s Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon to Trestle Arts Base this December!


Join us as Skewbald magically bring to life this beautifully atmospheric tale, packed full of festive adventure, snow and dragons! With lively songs, magical puppets and plenty of audience interaction.

The shows will take place on:

Friday 9 December, 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 10 December 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Tickets: £10 / £8 Concessions* / Groups 1 ticket FREE with every 10 purchased

*All ticket holders under the age of 16 will receive a complimentary ice cream after the performance.

Suitable for families and children aged 3+ and everyone who loves stories

For more information or to book tickets please follow this link

Calling all illustrators and graphic design artists!

The Trestle Arts Base Gallery Café is looking for a vibrant and varied exhibition of illustration, drawing and/or print to feature within the space this October, in celebration of The Big Draw. Taking place annually, the event aims to encourage people of all ages from all the world to put pen on paper and get creative.

We have a large amount of wall mounted boards, so ideally we are looking for framed works, canvasses, collections and pieces that can fill the space generously! We do also have a small enclosed area which could accommodate browsers, easel mounted work or any 3D forms that can be displayed in our glass cases. Artists can apply as solo exhibitors or as part of a small group and there is no charge to exhibit in the space. Further details about commission and exhibition set up will be discussed upon selection.

If you’d like to know more about the opportunity please email To apply, please send an artist’s statement, 3 high resolution images and any website links to the email above, by Friday 16th September. You will be notified shortly afterwards if you are successful.

Trestle Theatre’s FUN PALACE 2016


Sunday 2 October, 2pm – 5pm

Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist

Trestle Arts Base will open its doors as a Fun Palace from 2-5pm on Sunday 2th October. Local schools, volunteers and artists will come together to celebrate some of Hertfordshire’s women of arts and science.

Join in art, science and drama activities and find out more about:

  • Bug hunter, entomologist and first Edinburgh University lecturer Eleanor Ormerod
  • Enid Blyton’s Famous Five illustrator Eileen Soper, only 15 when she exhibited at the Royal Academy as the youngest artist ever
  • Archaeologist Tessa Verney Wheeler who excavated Roman Verulamium
  • Groundbreaking war artist Lucy Kemp-Welch
  • Animator Joy Batchelor
  • First midwifery inspector E. Margaret Burnside
  • Learn about the science of parachuting, as Edwardian ballooning parachutist Dolly Shepherd is brought to life

Explore Trestle grounds with bug hunter Eleanor… Draw adventures as if you were one of the Famous Five… Dig for Roman remains… Imagine how you would parachute before the aeroplane was invented…

Drama games, science experiments, dressing up, café and music…


 “Choose what you want to do – or watch someone else doing it… Dance, talk or be lifted up to where you can see how other people make things work. Sit out over space with a drink and tune in to what’s happening elsewhere in the city. Try starting a riot or beginning a painting – or just lie back and stare at the sky.” – (Joan Littlewood & Cedric Price)|


Herts Hidden Heroines @ Verulamium Museum, this Summer!

Verulamium Museum Exhibition and workshops: Saturday 30th July – Monday 29th August 2016

VerA4FlyerCome and find out more about some of the inspiring, pioneering and groundbreaking women of Hertfordshire!





– Workshops for everyone!
– Original artwork
– Illustrated images of women of history
– Specially-commissioned short film
– Listen to oral histories
– Dressing up for children
– Specially commissioned communal colouring in artwork for everyone to enjoy!

*Free to St Albans residents, but some workshops may charge fees, please check Verulamium Museum’s website for details and booking!

HHH Workshop Events at Verulamium Museum this summer:

Drama Workshop for 7-12 year olds
Wednesday 3 August 2016 (10.30am – 3.30pm) at Verulamium Museum

Come along to our drama workshop run in association with Trestle Theatre to celebrate the exhibition Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines. Discover stories of exciting and daring local women and use them as inspiration to create a one-off drama performance.

You don’t need experience, just be prepared to have fun!

£6 (£5 for Young Friends) Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.
Please bring a packed lunch.

Digging for History: holiday activity for 6 – 11 year olds
Tuesday 16 August 2016 (10.30am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm) at Verulamium Museum

Find out about how pioneering archaeologist Tessa Wheeler discovered the buried treasures of Verulamium. Design your own mosaic to take home.

Cost: £6.00 (£5.00 for Young Friends).
Morning (10.30-12.30) or afternoon (2.00-4.00) sessions are available.

Sessions should be booked and paid for in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.

NB. This event will also run on Tuesday 23rd August.

Conquering the Air: holiday activity for 6 – 11 year olds
Wednesday 17 August 2016 (10.30am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm) at Verulamium Museum

Discover the true life tale of Dolly Shepherd and her adventures as a high-flying acrobat and balloonist. Create a hot air balloon to take away.

Cost: £6.00 (£5.00 for Young Friends).
Morning (10.30-12.30) or afternoon (2.00-4.00) sessions are available.
Sessions should be booked and paid for in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.

NB. This event will also run on Wednesday 24th August.

Find out about other Herts Hidden Heroines here

Hidden Stories

Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines work with the Daylight Club to produce a new book.

Hidden Stories | Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines work with the Daylight Club to produce a new book. from Trestle Theatre on Vimeo.

As part of the Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines project and supported by a St Albans Community Fund Grant, creative writer Anna Reynolds has worked with the Daylight club over a period of seven weeks to create a new book bringing hidden stories to life. The idea came from one of the members who was a university lecturer and had a stroke, but liked listening to the members tell stories about their lives.

The Daylight Club is a friendly social club for adults of working age with physical disabilities who live within the City & District. The Club provides a safe and supportive environment where members meet twice a week to participate in a variety of interactive workshops, guest speakers, day trips and community events. The book ‘Hidden Stories’ includes poems, images and stories. The images were created using photos taken on a tablet, which the members then traced over. Each participant involved in this project chose what they wanted to talk about and Anna then supported them with their writing.

The book launch was held at Trestle Arts Base; Trestle enjoys a strong partnership with The Daylight Club and the Trestle Theatre Masks help the members to express themselves, tell their stories and perform their poems.

The group leader Salpi Gulbekian said “At the launch, it was amazing to see the members come on stage and read or act out their stories with such confidence. It was very moving to hear them relate their tales – both happy and sad in front of the audience, which included the Mayor of Harpenden and officers from St Albans Council and 1Life”

The event concluded with the presentation of a cheque for £3000 handed by the Harpenden Village Rotary president Nicholas Tott to the chair of the Daylight Club Jean Peyton to support the continuation of the fantastic work of the Daylight Club.

If anyone with a physical disability living in the St Albans District or any volunteers want further information on the Daylight Club or would like more information regarding the book ‘Hidden Stories’ please contact Salpi on