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Half Mask Workshops

‘(The Half Masks) added an explorative quality to the work; a sense of discovery, which is exciting in the Theatre Making process’ 5 Stars – Teaching Drama Magazine 2013

Trestle’s half mask set brings the additional element of speech to Trestle’s mask training and we have chosen eight varied half masks to become a playful set of characters.

Had an absolutely amazing day using the half masks with @trestletheatre – thank you so much!‘ – Student, Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech (June 2013)

The half masks and workshops, developed with Sandringham School in St Albans, 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:

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

‘Brought the best out of the students’ – St Edmunds College, Ware

The workshops usually run for a minimum of two hours but can be scheduled to fit in with your timetable. Participants are typically 11 years and older but please contact us to discuss provision for younger groups.

Recommended number of participants per workshop is 24, if you wish to increase numbers there is a subsidy of £10 per person up to a maximum of 30 per group.

Cost: standard workshop 2 – 2.5 hours: £250 + travel / 3 hours: £290 + travel / Day rate (or 2 x 2-2.5 hour sessions): £400 + travel/ Extra hour: £80

To download a workshop booking/enquiry form, click here

For more information and bookings contact +44 (0)1727 850950 or email

For details about Trestle’s Half Mask Set, click here

To order Trestle Full Mask Sets,  click here

You can also book our workshops for a day, a week or more. They are popular for Arts Weeks and enrichment as well as supporting the drama curriculum.

Why not contact us about a half mask residency leading to a devised performance?
Below are Greek god and goddess half masks created with sixth form students and teachers at Sandringham School in St Albans, as part of a week long Olympic Arts Project in July 2012.