8 October 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fun Palace Success
Event date: Sunday 5 October
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Trestle joined 138 other Fun Palaces across the world to celebrate Theatre Director Joan Littlewood’s centenary by realising her dream for people to come together to celebrate arts, culture and science in the community. Around 200 people, including St Albans’ Mayor Geoff Harrison, came through Trestle’s Fun Palace doors to enjoy and take part in the free activities which were planned and organised by a team of volunteers including staff and students from Beaumont School and Marlborough School. The event was also supported by local Councillor, Dreda Gordon with funding from the Locality Budget Scheme.
The host of activities, aimed at engaging local young people, included special effects make up, crazy science experiments, dream catcher making, graffiti art and shadow puppetry. Drama and street dance sessions were run by Trestle’s Marvellous Masks, Act Now! and Living the Dream. The Live Music Project provided a brilliant set by local young musicians and a young photographer snapped away throughout the afternoon.
Trestle’s Artistic Director, Emily Gray, said “Inventing and managing our Fun Palace brought a fabulous team of young volunteers together and we all enjoyed a happy and creative afternoon. Teenagers poured into the Palace, got involved and entertained everyone – it was a wonderful, relaxed and buzzing atmosphere and many people left asking when the next one would be. Here’s to 2015!”
As well as the young people, it was wonderful to also see people of all ages coming along and joining in. One of the young volunteers, Jen Hider, said, “I’m so glad I got involved in our Fun Palace – it was fantastic to enjoy the community spirit and culture. It’s all in the name; it really was great ‘fun’!”
The first year of Fun Palaces has been an incredible success across the country and here’s to many more!
Photograph courtesy of Fran Elsey.
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NOTES FOR EDITOR
About Trestle Theatre Company
Trestle seeks to inspire all ages to engage with the Arts, through mask and physical theatre. The company creates productions, training and education programmes and uniquely makes hand-crafted theatre masks which are exported on a worldwide scale. Since its inception in 1981, Trestle has grown an international renown for its masks and from 2002 it has operated Trestle Arts Base in St Albans.
About Trestle Arts Base
Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is a 100-year-old chapel beautifully converted into a local centre for creative community activity and a space for professional artists to develop and share their work. It is home to Trestle, the first UK touring theatre company to establish its own Lottery funded building. The venue offers performances, exhibitions, mask making, arts participation, youth theatre and hires for community and business meetings and events.
About Fun Palaces
Fun Palaces, created in partnership with the Albany, Deptford, brings together over 100 Fun Palace Makers, including Joan’s own theatre Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Roundhouse, Turner Contemporary in Margate, Gladstone’s Library, York Cocoa House, Brockwell Lido, Old Bexley Cof E Primary and a Canadian radio station, as well as a Digital Fun Palace, in one of the most ambitious creative collaborations the UK has ever seen. www.funpalaces.co.uk