Current Projects

Trestle is a mask and physical theatre company; our aim is to inspire creativity through participation and collaboration and we do this by approaching opportunities with an open mind, playful approach and our ever surprising and engaging masks. Below are details of our most recent performances, projects and collaborations.

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The Rachel Project

A story of resilience. A story hidden. But a story now shared offering hope for us all.

Small Nose and Trestle weave together intricate full mask theatre, with elements of clowning to share this incredibly moving performance of 'Rachel’, the story of Mrs Rachel Levy, (Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen Survivor).

With great generosity, Mrs Levy has given us her story, so that we can pass this on and share it with people. Trestle Theatre have teamed up with Small Nose Productions to deliver this incredible story about Rachel's extraordinary resilience and survival from the worst horror our world has ever seen, the Holocaust. 

We will be delivering this story along with outreach and educational workshops that support curriculum and build character.

After a highly successful spring tour, Rachel is now available for booking throughout Autumn 2019. Please contact for availability.

‘Rachel’ has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England and Lewisham Council.

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“Yarico” a powerfully emotional story of love and betrayal in the 17c.’

Yarico is the true story of a 17c. Amerindian woman who saved the life of a British merchant; after falling in love and sailing to Barbados, he sold her into slavery. The issues within the story 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.

Both show and workshops are available for schools bookings now,  follow the link for more details and  booking information.

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

“I loved how you stayed so faithful to the text – it is going to be so helpful to our GCSE students”  - English Teacher Challney Girls, Luton.

This 50-minute live adaptation of ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’ provides a clear and vivid sense of the narrative and characters, supporting students to be inspired and intrigued by the drama of the text. Featuring Trestle’s signature masks, new music and dynamic performance, this memorable take on Stevenson’s novella will leave students excited by the story, intrigued by the characters, engaged by the ideas and inspired to return to the original text.

The show is currently in development with a view to tour again in 2019. Accompanying workshops are available, follow the link for more details and  booking information.

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This programme uses theatre techniques to help those suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and other conditions affecting mental wellbeing. You don’t need any experience to take part, everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to the more experienced. To take part in this free programme - which is funded by Dacorum Borough Council and Hertfordshire Public Health - you must be aged 11 or over and live within Dacorum borough.

The 12-week programme runs every Thursday at The Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead

Times: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Next available Dates: Taster session 6th September 2018 followed by 12 sessions from the 13th September 2018 to the 6th December 2018(term time only)

To register for this programme please contact Dacorum Borough Council.