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Curriculum Support

Trestle Workshops to Support Teaching and Learning

The students all achieved outstanding or excellent results’ – Head of Drama, St Edmunds College, Ware. (2014)

The versatility of Trestle masks means our workshops not only teach skills in mask performance and physical theatre but also offer a unique, creative approach to supporting other programmes of study such as English, Classical Civilisation, PSHE and Citizenship. All our workshops are very practical, inclusive and can be adapted to aid creative learning at all levels and for all abilities, from KS1 to degree level:

Drama / Drama & Theatre Studies (GCSE, AS/A2 levels, Entry Level) – directly meets criteria in mask and physical theatre as well as supporting modules in devising, improvisation and practitioner studies

Performing Arts (BTEC Level 3) – as above, in particular Unit 16 Performing with Masks

English* (GCSE, AS/A2 levels, Nat. Curriculum) – supports set texts, character exploration, storytelling, speaking and listening, presentation and communication skills

Classical Civilisation (GCSE, AS/A2 level) – supports the exploration and understanding of Greek Drama and the role of the Greek Chorus

PSHE* (Nat. Curriculum) –  offers a creative and engaging approach to exploring issues around relationships, feelings and emotions, identity and diversity whilst building confidence and self esteem

Citizenship* (Nat. Curriculum) – helps develop confidence, explore feelings and deal with issues such as bullying and body image.

Please contact us for details about the exam board specifications our workshops that can either meet or support the criteria for.  Includes Edexcel, AQA, WJEC/CBAC, OCR and National Curriculum.

*NB: programmes of study for some National Curriculum subjects have been disapplied. Contact us to find out how our workshops can support your subject areas.

Overview of our workshops

Full Mask
Trestle’s popular mask workshops have introduced thousands of students and performers throughout the world to the exciting versatility of mask. As well as providing an in depth introduction to the principles of mask performance, our full masks are an effective tool to improve confidence and communication, explore emotions and feelings, as well as a fun and accessible activity for any arts weeks or enrichment days.

‘Wow! What an experience, should have been called an experience of a lifetime! That was such a amazing workshop!!’ –  Participant age 15, The Lightning Hut Youth Theatre, Wales. (2013)

Half mask
Trestle’s new half mask set brings the additional element of speech to our mask training. Our workshops help transform performers into vivid archetypes such the Child, the Hero, the Mother and the Devil and are a fantastic starting point for devising physical performance. The half mask workshop prepares participants physically and vocally to improvise and devise in half mask using the archetypal characters and can be adapted to cover the following:

  • Commedia dell’ arte
  • Shakespeare
  • Greek gods and goddesses
  • Greek chorus work
  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • Devising from archetypal characters

The half masks are also an excellent tool for exploring diversity and stereotypes.

‘very enjoyable, delivered skills to students and a new found inspiration’ –Teacher, Queens’ School, Bushey (2013)

Helped me improving my confidence’ – Student, Sandringham School, St Albans. (2013)

Physical Theatre
Students and participants will gain practical tools and innovative ideas to create and devise dynamic visual storytelling theatre. Participants will develop an awareness of physicality and space through accessible and engaging exercises, exploring techniques from different cultures that have been used in Trestle’s touring shows.

Trestle offers a range of workshop residencies in both Mask & Physical Theatre which can be tailored to suit your requirements and/or syllabus.  Residencies inspire participants to create engaging, devised theatre with intensive workshops over a day, a week or a term. We can design the workshops on request around the skills and levels of the participants and your curriculum goals.  In the past year we have delivered residencies for a Shakespeare festival, an Olympic Arts Project, as well as workshops around the theme of body image.

‘I have had nothing but positive feedback from children, teachers and parents! …  it was a great success’ – Head of Drama, Royal Hospital School, Ipswich. (2013)

Trestle runs INSET courses in Mask & Physical Theatre at its home in St Albans but we also offer INSET training for Primary and Secondary teachers who would like to develop skills to engage pupils creatively and apply practical techniques across the curriculum. Our workshops can be delivered at your school or a venue of your choice for a day, half day or after school and can be tailored to meet requirements.

Trestle has held a reputation for providing high quality creative education for over 30 years – why not speak to us about how to engage your students creatively and add that extra element of fun to your lessons?