It was a brilliant inclusive performance. The masks were excellent
— English Teacher Stopsley

Our aim is to inspire creativity through participation and collaboration. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, funders, schools, FE colleges, PRUs and Universities to deliver the skills and resources needed to encourage high quality learning through the arts. We offer unique learning opportunities for students and staff alike through our workshops, residencies and professional training.

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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. Some examples of cross curricular learning outcomes are as follows:

Drama / Drama & Theatre Studies (HE, 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.

The feedback from the kids about your sessions was superb, many of those I spoke to gave the Masks workshop as one of their highlights.
— Project Youth Worker, the267project

Trestle and Artsmark

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education. Trestle Theatre Company is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

By working with us you are demonstrating your leadership criteria by proving a commitment to quality arts and culture education. You are also making strong partnerships and improving your range of offer. As a company we actively promote equality and diversity and will endeavor to support you in developing your values and ethos. We are committed to helping you to evaluate impact, build on your curriculum design and evidence pupil engagement. We also provide a range of offers for professional training and CPD.

Find out more about Artsmark at

The students really enjoyed your workshops and have been very inspired 
— East Coast Media, Grimsby Institute

For more in depth information on the available WORKSHOPS please visit our workshops page

For more information on our CPD Training for teachers and our Education MA in drama please see our PROFESSIONAL TRAINING page