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Feb / Jul 2011

Trestle Unmasked presents

Preview Performances: Weds 2 to Sat 5 March, 7.30pm daily (Saturday Matinee, 2.30pm) Old and young alike are invited by the Infanta, the Spanish princess, to her twelfth birthday party. Adapted from the bittersweet story by Oscar Wilde and performed in Trestle’s unique physical style, The Birthday of the Infanta captures a transitional moment of choice when the heart could melt or freeze. Ages 9+ / Runtime approx 90 mins All Tickets: £5 / Box Office: 01727 850950

Welcome to our Feb to July 2011 brochure! 2011 sees Trestle Theatre Company celebrate its 30th Birthday. With special events being announced throughout the year, make sure you keep checking for details. As part of the celebration, we are inviting theatre goers old and young alike to join us for our new production, a magical telling of Oscar Wilde’s The Birthday of the Infanta; Trestle Unmasked will open this bitter sweet fairytale in St Albans before touring the UK. There is an amazing selection of theatre, dance and music lined up to carry you through to the sunny afternoons of the St Albans Festival, including a whole week of dance performance and installation from DanceDigital, showcasing cutting edge technology in contemporary dance.    

Mazaika Music presents

Peter and the Wolf Sun 6 Feb, 2pm & 4pm A spellbinding, intimate performance of Prokofiev’s musical tale, plus some classical favourites, Folk songs and Gypsy music. Instruments and characters galore spring from Igor’s accordion alongside Sarah’s storytelling, percussion and soaring violin. Suitable for ages 3+ Runtime approx 45 mins Tickets: £6 Concs / £8 Adults / £25 Family

Please continue to support Trestle and share with us your thoughts on keeping the cultural life of St Albans lively and thriving! Watford Palace Theatre in partnership with HCC Standards & School Effectiveness presents

The Trial by Franz Kafka, adapted by Steven Berkoff Weds 16 Feb, 7.30pm Joseph K is under arrest. He doesn’t know what for and no one is telling him anything. He needs a good lawyer. He needs one fast. Actor and acclaimed theatre maker Steven Berkoff’s striking theatrical adaptation of Franz Kafka’s classic novel portrays a world where justice and freedom seem strangely elusive. Suitable for ages 13+ Runtime approx 70 mins

Tickets: £8 Concs / £10 Adults / £32 Family

Horse and Bamboo Theatre presents

Storm in a Tea Cup

Mon 14 March, 1.30pm & 4pm It’s not always easy making friends, especially when you live in a lighthouse surrounded by dangerous rocks, towering waves and troublemaking seagulls. An exciting opportunity for a tea party with a friend arises when the supply boat comes, but the lighthouse keeper’s nervousness turns what could have been a delight into a disaster. Suitable for ages 4+ Runtime approx 45 mins

Tickets: £6 Concs / £8 Adults / £25 Family

Face Front Inclusive Theatre presents

Janis Claxton Dance presents

Sat 26 March, 7.30pm

Fri 8 April, 7.30pm

Laundry Boy

Martin’s time has come to move on from dependence to independence. His journey is both terrifying and exciting as he falls in love, suffers loss and gains a glimpse of who he could be. Laundry Boy, is a heart-warming new play devised and performed by an outstanding team including award winning writers Julie McNamara and Ray Downing, Deaf performer David Sands, Becky Allen and popular Learning Disabled actors Peter Faventi and Ellen Goodey. The production is in BSL, spoken English and has integrated audio description. The Touch tour will start 30 minutes before the show begins. Suitable for ages 14+ Runtime approx 75 mins without interval Tickets: £8 Concs / £10 Adults / £32 Family

Humanimalia Dance Humanimalia is an extraordinary new work by Janis Claxton Dance, with a unique sound score composed by Philip Pinsky. Inspired by Claxton’s ongoing primate research, this thought provoking work poetically explores the innate qualities and behaviours of the human animal in an unforgettable and moving performance. With a sublime cast of international dancers, Humanimalia challenges our perceptions of “who’s watching who”, through a revealing journey of submission, dominance, repression and revelation. Tickets: £8 Concs / £10 Adults Suitable for ages 14+ (Contains partial nudity) Runtime approx 75 mins without interval

(Group Discount: Buy 10 get 1 free)


MProductions are excited to launch their first season as an affiliated company of Trestle Arts Base following the successes of I Love You Because... and, most recently,tick, tick...BOOM! They kick off in April with a celebration of musical theatre innovation through their concert Heart & Music on Saturday 30 April.

DanceDigital presents A showcase of research performances and installations by dance and technology artists supported and curated by DanceDigital.

Thought Dance 6-10 May in the Apex - Free An interactive installation using EEG technologies and custom-designed software to create distinct real-time visual representations of each participant’s brain activity.

Featuring their live band ‘Almost Unheard’ and an array of drama school talent from up and down the country, this is sure to be an entertaining night to remember.

EMERGE: IMMERSE Fri 6 May, 7.30pm - £10/£8 Yvon Bonenfant presents Beacons (excerpt) Multi-screen projections of flashing light and spatialised live and recorded voice sounds invite the audience into a space of passionate encounter with the heart and an ethereal, bracing visual world.

Meanwhile, the company is working on their new adaptation of Antigone which will premiere at Trestle Arts Base from the 25 to 27 August.

Kieran Sheehan Dance Theatre presents We2 We2 is an immersive dance theatre experience allowing the audience to become tourists of gay digital culture. Both shows are suitable for ages 18+ (adult content)

With loads more in the works, be sure to keep up to date with MProductions by following them on their website

EMERGE: PLATFORM Sat 7 May, 7.30pm - £10/£8 New contemporary dance works the Digital Environments research programme, offering insight into how contemporary dance artists are engaging with cutting edge digital technologies. Suitable for ages 14+

Classes and Workshops As well as offering a fantastic programme of shows and events, we also host a wide range of workshops, classes and community shows for adults and children. For more information about all our regular classes including Hartbeeps and Gem Pilates please visit

Storytelling and craft for 2 - 5 year olds. Spring Term: Wed 19 Jan 11 Summer Term: Wed 27 Apr 11 Weds at 10.30am and 1.30pm

Call 01727 850950 to book your child’s place. From £5.50 per session.

2011 marks the 30th Birthday of Trestle Theatre Company and it is with jubilation that we begin the year with The Birthday of the Infanta, an outstanding piece adapted by Carl Miller and performed by the mesmerising and witty Georgina Roberts.

Over the last 30 years, Trestle has toured to over 30 countries and engages 30,000 people of all ages in creative experiences every year. The Company has created 27 original shows and sold over 6,000 Trestle mask sets across the world. Having established Trestle Arts Base and reinvented itself as Trestle Unmasked, the Company continues to transform, innovate and enchant, and aims to do so for another 30 years. Watch this space, as our plans develop throughout the year, come along to our productions and get involved with Taking Part events. Look out for Trestle’s Birthday tent at the St Albans Festival, June 18 2011. We’d love to hear your stories/experiences/memories/images/videos of Trestle Theatre Company either as an audience member or participant, from 1981 up to now.  Please send your memories to or call 01727 850950

Free one day ‘festival for all’ will launch St Albans Festival 2011 The 2011 St Albans Festival will take place from Saturday18 June – Sunday 3 July. The Festival is a two week celebration of art, culture and heritage and provides an annual opportunity to experience all that the City has to offer. The programme of live events will launch with a free one day ‘festival for all’ held in Verulamium Park on Saturday 18 June from 1pm. This new and exciting start to the Festival will be a multi art event. There will be many different performance areas around the park to enjoy, including theatre, music, dance and spoken word. A day packed full of high quality live performances, with a mix of professional and community artists and be sure not to miss the Trestle Theatre Company and Trestle StoryTent marquees - it is guaranteed be a great family day out in the park! For more details please visit: / Festival Box Office: 01727 844488

Edinburgh Firsts

Sun 26 June – Sat 2 July As part of the festival Trestle will present a week of ‘scratch’ theatre, dance and music performances from a selection of hot young companies from the Eastern region, preparing to take their shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All companies will be announced on our website during Spring 2010. All Tickets: £5 But wait... More festival shows at Trestle Arts Base will be announced throughout the coming months, check for details at

Dance Academy UK

Caterpillar Music

Looking for fun for little ones? Join Anna and “Cecil the Caterpillar� for songs with different weekly themes, amazing puppets and colourful instruments. Morning Ballet Classes for your little Ballerinas! TWINKLETOES BALLET for children ages 2yrs+ Mondays, 10am to 10:30am FREE TRIAL CLASS To book your place please call Liana on phone: 07963 214766 email:

FREE trial sessions available. Class times at Trestle Arts Base for next term are: Thursday 9.30am to 10.10am - Caterpillars (for ages 0 to 18 months) Thursday 10.30am to 11.10am - Butterflies (for ages 18 months to 4 years) To book please contact Anna phone: 01727 753413 e-mail:

Taking Part

Taking Part, Trestle’s creative learning and participation programme, is reaching out to more people than ever before. We run regular theatre workshops, professional training, community projects and events for all ages and abilities, both at Trestle Arts Base and across the UK. Trestle Arts Base hosts our Youth Theatre for everyone aged 5 to 18, while the People’s Company is a community theatre group for everyone aged 18 and over, with a focus on physical, storytelling theatre. This spring term, following hot on the heels of Trestle’s touring production of The Birthday of the Infanta, we will be working on Wilde Tales, based on short stories by Oscar Wilde. 2011 Places for all groups are still available.

For all information on Taking Part activities please visit the website, call the Box Office on 01727 850950 or email

This Spring half-term, children aged 7-11 will get the opportunity to devise a magical and inspiring performance in Physical Theatre, taught by Trestle’s highly experienced practitioners. Places are strictly limited.

Getting Here By Car Trestle Arts Base is a 10 minute drive from St Albans City centre, signposted from the A1081 and A1057, and 10 minutes from Junction 22, M25. By Train Trestle Arts Base is two miles from St Albans City Station and can be accessed by taxi, bus or a 25 minute walk. By Bus Take the S1/S2 Uno University bus service from St Albans City Centre, or Stop B at St Albans City Station, alighting at the second stop on Drakes Drive. Alternatively, take the 655 Uno university bus service between Hatfield and Borehamwood, or the S7 Uno University bus, alighting at Ashley Road or Hill End Lane By Foot Trestle Arts Base is a 25 minute walk from St Albans City Centre, along the Alban Way.

Please enquire at the Box Office or see for full details and all terms and conditions.

+44(0) 1727 850950


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How to Book: t: 01727 850950 / w: Opening Hours Trestle Arts Base is open 9.30am to 5.30pm, Mon to Fri and 9.30am to 3.30pm on Sat. The Box Office is open 10am to 5pm Mon to Fri and 10am to 3pm on Sat, plus one hour prior performances. Ticket Discounts Concessions are available to those in full-time education, senior citizens, registered unemployed, people with disabilities and those under 16. Group discounts are available for most performances. Access Trestle Arts Base is fully accessible with ramp access, lift and adapted toilet. It has an induction loop system – please set your hearing aid to the position ‘T’. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Parking Free car parking is available directly outside the venue, accessed from Sovereign Park.


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Exhibitions at the Gallery Café Trestle Arts Base’s welcoming Gallery Café is open to the public Mon - Sat from 9.30am and serves a selection of speciality teas and freshly ground coffee, as well as hot paninis and homemade soups. Please see our website for details of all our upcoming exhibitions.







Support Us Trestle Theatre Company is a registered charity that relies on donations and sponsorship in order to carry on our programme of events and classes. If you would like more information on donating or sponsorship opportunities please contact or call 01727 738408. Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ


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