TrestleTheatre Trestle Arts Base

Trestle is a mask and physical theatre company, with a highly regarded arts education programme. As a charity, our mission is to engage children, young people and adults in creative activity, which aims to enhance the cultural quality of their experiences.

Trestle has been making innovative and inspirational physical theatre and participation projects since 1981. All of our work is influenced by full and half mask; however, over the past decade, collaborations with artists from India, Spain, Eastern Europe and Africa, along with our partners in the UK, have inspired the evolution of the work we create.

Trestle is one of the leading providers of school workshops, teacher training and participation programmes in the country. We run mask, half mask, physical theatre and bespoke workshops, projects and residencies nationally and internationally.

Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is home to Trestle Theatre Company, from here we support the development and performance of new, high quality, professional productions. There are weekly classes, community events and meetings, as well as spaces for performance research and development.

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Trestle Arts Base

Russet Drive
St Albans

Telephone: 01727 850 950

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Trestle School of Drama opens its doors this September! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-07-03T00:00:00Z">Mon 03 Jul 2017</span>Trestle School of Drama opens its doors this September! / Mon 03 Jul 2017

We are delighted to announce that following on from the launch of our Trestle SUMMER Schools, Trestle School of Drama will kick off this Autumn with weekly classes for all young people aged 4 – 21. Spearheaded by Tres...

The Yarico Education Programme / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-10-01T00:00:00Z">Thu 01 Oct 2015</span>The Yarico Education Programme / Thu 01 Oct 2015

‘…The slave trade is probably one of the biggest blights in the history of this sceptered isle and is something that is very rarely mentioned. That has all changed now with…“Yarico” a powerfully emotional story of love a...

The Big Give Christmas Challenge / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-12-06T00:00:00Z">Fri 06 Dec 2013</span>The Big Give Christmas Challenge / Fri 06 Dec 2013

The Big Give Christmas Challenge: Save the Date and Donate! We would like to offer a huge thank you to all those that supported us in raising pledges for The Big Give Christmas Challenge. Every gift we receive onli...

My Events

Bel Canto Productions | An Enchanted Evening / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-06-18T00:00:00Z">Sat 18 Jun 2022</span>Bel Canto Productions | An Enchanted Evening / Sat 18 Jun 2022

Friday 18 June, 7.45 pm Tickets: £13.50 + £1.13 booking fee* A spectacular show of exquisite Opera Arias, Classical Crossovers, Musical Theatre Masterpieces, Movie Classics and Beautiful Power Ballads. ………………………...

Lamphouse Theatre | Robin Hood / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-12-18T00:00:00Z">Sat 18</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2021-12-19T00:00:00Z">Sun 19 Dec 2021</span> <span>(2 days)</span>Lamphouse Theatre | Robin Hood / Sat 18 to Sun 19 Dec 2021 (2 days)

Saturday 18 Dec, 2.30 pm and 7 pm Sunday 19 Dec, 2.30 pm Tickets: £12 | £10 Concessions (Group discounts available) Join the gallant outlaw Robin Hood and his band of mischievous merry men (and women) in Sherwood Fo...

Trestle School of Drama | October Half Term Workshops / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-10-26T00:00:00Z">Tue 26</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2021-10-27T00:00:00Z">Wed 27 Oct 2021</span> <span>(2 days)</span>Trestle School of Drama | October Half Term Workshops / Tue 26 to Wed 27 Oct 2021 (2 days)

This October Half Term Trestle will be running 2 unique day long projects packed full of drama and games for ages 5-10 and 11-16. Participants will spend the day learning new skills from Trestle trained specialists and e...

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Online Drama and Arts and Craft Resources / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-06-30T00:00:00Z">Tue 30 Jun 2020</span>Online Drama and Arts and Craft Resources / Tue 30 Jun 2020

In light of the government’s recent announcements, it is with a heavy heart that we at Trestle Theatre Company have made the difficult decision to say “goodbye” to our Arts Base for a while and lock the doors. But we've ...

Trestle Arts Base Gallery: Exhibitors wanted! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-03-31T00:00:00Z">Sun 31 Mar 2019</span>Trestle Arts Base Gallery: Exhibitors wanted! / Sun 31 Mar 2019

Would you like to see your artwork displayed in a vibrant and creative arts space? If so, we would love to hear from you! Trestle are looking for artists to exhibit in their Gallery Cafe throughout 2019. There are se...

Illustrator(s) wanted for Big Draw exhibition! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-08-31T00:00:00Z">Wed 31 Aug 2016</span>Illustrator(s) wanted for Big Draw exhibition! / Wed 31 Aug 2016

Calling all illustrators and graphic design artists! The Trestle Arts Base Gallery Café is looking for a vibrant and varied exhibition of illustration, drawing and/or print to feature within the space this October, i...

My Videos

The Big Give Christmas ChallengeThe Big Give Christmas Challenge

The Big Give Christmas Challenge: Save the Date and Donate! We would like to offer a huge thank you to all those that supported us in raising pledges for The Big Give Christmas Challenge. Every gift we receive onli...

Trestle Half Masks: Promotional FilmTrestle Half Masks: Promotional Film

Trestle has created eight brand new half masks following the success of their existing full mask sets. As one of the leading Mask Theatre Companies in the world, Trestles new half masks and accompanying workshops are ...

Snow Queen TrailerSnow Queen Trailer

Adapted From Hans Christian Andersen’s Magical Tale This unique adaptation brings together an old European story, with Indian mythology and exotic locations – resulting in a performance rich in colour, music and unfor...

My Spaces

Trestle for Functions and EventsTrestle for Functions and Events

Trestle Arts Base is an ideal place to hold your function whatever the occasion. Whether you’re planning a children’s party, an award ceremony or a fundraising event. Trestle Arts Base offers stunning contemporary des...

Trestle for Wedding Receptions and After PartiesTrestle for Wedding Receptions and After Parties

At Trestle we know just how important it is for you to find the perfect venue for your special day. With our extensive theatrical experience and unique site (a former chapel) we believe we can offer you just that. Tr...

Trestle for Classes and WorkshopsTrestle for Classes and Workshops

We know how important it is to find the right place to hold your classes and with our theatrical experience in our unique building (a former chapel) we believe we have something unusual to offer. We are proud of our ...