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National Launch: Autumn 2015
Trestle are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new workshop package. The Yarico Education Programme is an integrated offer of professional interactive presentation performances and workshops, high quality educational resources and brand new mask sets, all inspired by the true story of Yarico, a seventeenth century slave on Barbados.
‘…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 was developed following the highly successful run of the new culturally diverse musical of Yarico, directed by Trestle’s artistic director Emily Gray and produced by John and Jodie Kidd. Yarico is the true story of an Amerindian woman who saved the life of a British merchant; after falling in love and sailing together to Barbados, he sold her into slavery. The story of ‘Inkle and Yarico’ became hugely popular, influencing the abolitionist movement in the 18th century. The issues within Yarico’s story create the foundation of the programme and 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.
In partnership with Yarico Productions, funded by Arts Council England and The Beaverbrook Foundation, in association with The Museum of London, Docklands and supported by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., the project celebrates Black History and is particularly aimed at reaching diverse communities and participants, focusing on secondary schools and cross departmental collaborations.
The project will roll out across the UK from October and ‘An Introduction to the Story of Yarico’ followed by a debate on ‘The Arts as Activism’ premiered at this year’s Freedom Festival in Hull at The Wilberforce Institute of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE). The debate asked how the arts can be used to repair historic wrongs and raise awareness of contemporary issues and was met with enthusiastic and enlightening response from the audience. The speakers were Professor John Oldfield, Director of WISE, Paul Curtis aka Moose, who creates street art through cleaning and Emily Gray, Artistic Director of Trestle and Director of Yarico.
The project unites Trestle’s highly regarded and well established arts education programme with its proven track record for creating inspirational physical theatre and participation projects. All of Trestle’s work is influenced by full and half mask; however, over the past decade, collaborations with artists from India, Spain, Eastern Europe and Africa, along with partners in the UK, have stimulated the evolution of the work the company create. These partnerships have inspired Trestle to consider extensive social, historical and cultural contexts and enabled the company to make links to the wider curriculum.
The programme includes:
– Interactive workshops
– A professional performance presentation
– High quality educational resources
– Brand new mask sets
Themes include devised theatre, living in the wider world, tolerance and respect, social, historical and contextual elements of past and contemporary culture (PHSE Non-Stat). With specific focus on embedded, metacognitive and integrated learning processes through creating links to the wider curriculum.
Across 2015/16 Spec AQA, Edexcel, OCR:
KS3 Religious Studies
AS/A Level Performance Studies
BTEC Performing Arts
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The educational programme is available either in full or part at your school/organisation. To discuss your requirements e: email@example.com t: 01727 850 950
For further information, images or to arrange interviews contact: Rhian Desborough Marketing Manager
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About Trestle Theatre Company
Trestle Theatre Company is a mask and physical theatre company, with a highly regarded and well established arts education programme. We offer school workshops, teacher training and participation programmes in mask, half mask, physical theatre and bespoke Drama in Education projects. Trestle Arts Base in St Albans, Hertfordshire is home to Trestle, from here we support the development and performance of new, high quality, professional productions. Trestle’s Arts Base is a lively hub of bizarre and wonderful creativity. There are weekly classes, community events and meetings, as well as spaces for performance research and development. Trestle’s mask makers operate at the Hub as well, producing high-quality hand-made masks that are distributed in the UK and around the world.
Trestle has been making innovative and inspirational physical theatre and participation projects since 1981. All of our work is influenced by full and half mask; however, over the past decade, collaborations with artists from India, Spain, Eastern Europe and Africa, along with our partners in the UK, have inspired the evolution of the work we create. Wider partnerships have inspired Trestle to consider wider social, historical and cultural contexts and enabled us to make links to the wider curriculum. Theatre is entertainment, but it is also an educational and social tool, teaching audiences to challenge perspectives and learn though participation. Drama in Education has a job to do and Trestle aims to bridge that gap between education and culturally creative pedagogies.