18 February 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trestle Announces The Launch Of Its New Half Mask Set And Accompanying Workshops And Training.
Trestle has created eight brand new half masks following the success of their existing full mask sets. This marks the culmination of a significant period of development and innovation for the company. For the first time Trestle masks can speak and come alive as archetypal, theatrical characters.
Trestle’s Artistic Director Emily Gray says: “Trestle Masks are hand crafted at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans and sent around the world. The new half masks offer an exciting starting point for devising physical performance. They are highly effective for developing skills in physicality and vocal agility for all ages.”
The half masks represent the following archetypes; Child, Devil, Crone, Fool, Mother, Romantic, Trickster and Hero. They also provide:
- An active introduction to Commedia dell’Arte
- An inspiration for examining Greek Theatre and working with chorus
- A practical insight into Shakespeare’s archetypal characters
The half masks bring together Trestle’s 30 year experience as mask theatre makers with more recent explorations of physical storytelling theatre styles.
“This new collection of Trestle Masks is a welcome addition to the Company’s existing collection and are made to a very high standard.” says Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council, East; “Trestle’s workshops are a brilliant example of how to engage with, and aid the development of children and young people who are aspiring to move into theatre.”
The new mask set was developed in consultation with drama teachers on Trestle’s MA programme, professional artists and sixth form students at Sandringham School, St Albans. The masks and training have been successfully trialled in colleges and with performers with disabilities in England and with schools and businesses in India. Demand is now growing across the UK and Europe.
A half mask set and workshop introductory offer is available until end of March 2013. Please visit our website for details.
For further information, images or to arrange interviews contact:
Rhian Desborough, Marketing Manager.
t: 01727 850950 / e: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES FOR EDITOR
These are some of the appreciative comments Trestle has received about their half masks:
“This really allowed some of the less confident students to blossom”
– Drama Lecturer, Havering College, Essex.
“Very helpful in developing character…very entertaining and educational”
-Year 10 Student, Aylward Academy, Edmonton
“Can be used innovatively to teach a wide variety of subjects”
– Head Teacher, Delhi Public School, Bangalore East
About Trestle Masks
Trestle Masks are in demand across the globe, with over 600 sets being sold a year to schools, colleges, organisations and individuals. The Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Mask Sets go as far afield as Brazil, Australia, Iceland and Singapore. Trestle is also developing a market in India where there is a growing demand for training in mask and physical theatre.
About Trestle Theatre Company
Trestle has been making and touring inspirational physical storytelling theatre since 1981. The company has developed a distinctive style of theatre, initially using masks, puppets and music, and more recently incorporating text and internationally influenced movement styles. Trestle is an internationally renowned provider of participation projects and training and operates from Trestle Arts Base in St Albans.
In 2013 Trestle is touring The Snow Queen around the UK, supported by Arts Council England, having taken the production to India in 2012 in partnership with the British Council.
About Trestle Arts Base
Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is a 100-year-old chapel beautifully converted into a unique performing arts centre. It is home to Trestle, the first UK touring 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.