Name: Trestle Arts Base

Address: Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ

Telephone: 01727 850950



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Little more than two miles from the centre of St Albans in the middle of Highfield Park there is a hidden gem; Trestle Arts Base is our very own little piece of the big city offering a wide selection of shows for all ages that you would not normally see outside the West End, so is it just another theatre? The answer is quite clearly no!

Trestle was originally created in 1981, by students from Middlesex University; Sally Cook, Alan Riley and Toby Wilsher, with the help of their course tutor, John Wright. Trestle developed a distinctive style of theatre using masks, puppets and music. The Company was soon joined by

Joff Chafer and became one of Britain’s leading touring theatre companies.

The Company moved into the 100-year-old Hill End Hospital Chapel which became Trestle

Arts Base in April 2002. As well as providing the Company with its first ever permanent home,

Trestle Arts Base has grown into a lively arts venue and developmental centre and is home to all of Trestle’s artistic, administrative and producing operations. It is a venue unique to St Albans, as it not only offers a wide variety of professional shows, classes and community events, but also offers artists space for performance research and development, and opportunities for businesses and individuals to hire the venue for everything from meetings and corporate functions to weddings.

The Company’s educational strand, Trestle Taking Part, is an expansive professional teaching programme that offers classes and workshops to people of all ages, both at Trestle Arts Base and across the UK. Through providing a stimulating and inspiring programme of workshops, residencies and training in physical storytelling theatre, including Story Tent for preschool children, youth theatre groups for ages 5–18 and The Peoples Company for anyone 18+, Trestle Taking Part supports and enriches the work of the Company, enabling thousands of people to participate in arts activities every year.

Trestle Theatre Company is an impressive 29 years old and continues to collaborate with UK and international artists to create new physical storytelling theatre with diverse cultural expression and has been touring devised theatre across the UK and abroad since it was founded.

Trestle’s most recent touring production Moon Fool; ill met by moonlight (a reimagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), was the first of two partnerships with emerging companies through 2010. In the autumn Trestle will work with Blindeye to tell the Kenyan story of Beverley Naidoo’s novel Burn My Heart.

Trestle Theatre Company is a registered charity that relies on donations in order to carry on their programme of events and classes. If you would like more information on donating please visit the website; the thing to bear in mind is that if you don’t use it, you may lose it!

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