TrestleTheatre Trestle Arts Base

Trestle is a mask and physical theatre company with a 40-year history. Our mission is to inspire creativity for all through participation and dialogue. We do this by approaching opportunities with an open mind and playful attitude using masks and mask technique to unlock creativity.

We open up opportunities for everyone to engage with the arts, unleash their creativity, and increase confidence and general wellbeing through participation. Working with our masks presents participants especially those who may otherwise struggle to communicate their stories, feelings and thoughts, with a liberating canvas to be creative, and join with others to build confidence and self-expression.

Our Aims

Create and deliver high quality mask and physical theatre performances and training locally, nationally and internationally.

Support creative growth and improved mental health and well-being through our participatory work with young people and adults.

Send high quality, handcrafted Trestle mask sets and accessible resources across the world

Run Trestle Arts Base as a welcoming venue for professional artists and creative space for local communities

Deliver professional development for teachers and arts practitioners, including MA, PGCE and CPD training.

Partner with professional artists and companies in the development and sharing of their work

Arts Award Provision
Trestle is also an Artsmark Partner delivering all of our workshops and participatory projects in line with the quality principles.

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My Location

Trestle Arts Base

Russet Drive
St Albans

Telephone: 01727 850 950

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My News

Trestle Resident Artist / Company - Call Out / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-11-07T00:00:00Z">Mon 07 Nov 2022</span>Trestle Resident Artist / Company - Call Out / Mon 07 Nov 2022

Following a successful first Artist in Residence scheme working with Divya Kasturi Dance, Trestle Theatre are pleased to announce that they are now receiving applications for their Artist / Company in residence for 2023....

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...

My Events

Lamphouse Theatre | Treasure Island / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2023-12-16T00:00:00Z">Sat 16 Dec 2023</span>Lamphouse Theatre | Treasure Island / Sat 16 Dec 2023

Back with a BLAST… Lamphouse Theatre return to Trestle Arts Base this December! Saturday 16 Dec, 2.30pm and 7pm Tickets: £13 Adults, £11 Concessions*, Family (x4) £44, Group Tickets: 1 FREE for every 10 purchased £1...

Herts Open Studios 2023 | Maxine Ellis Exhibition / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2023-09-07T00:00:00Z">Thu 07 Sep</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2023-11-02T00:00:00Z">Thu 02 Nov 2023</span> <span>(2 months)</span>Herts Open Studios 2023 | Maxine Ellis Exhibition / Thu 07 Sep to Thu 02 Nov 2023 (2 months)

Herts Open Studios is the not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience the world of art first-hand, to meet and get to know the amazingly talented artists in our Hertfordshire community. Fresh insights every moment of e...

The Vaulted Skies present DECADENCE / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2023-10-28T00:00:00Z">Sat 28 Oct 2023</span>The Vaulted Skies present DECADENCE / Sat 28 Oct 2023

Celebrating 10 Years of The Vaulted Skies Saturday 28 Oct, 7.45 pm All Tickets £10 To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their first live performance, alternative indie rock band ‘The Vaulted Skies’ returns to th...

My Opportunities

Trestle Creative Associate / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2023-10-20T00:00:00Z">Fri 20 Oct 2023</span>Trestle Creative Associate / Fri 20 Oct 2023

About Trestle Trestle is a mask and physical theatre company with a 40-year history. Our mission is to inspire creativity for all through participation and dialogue. We do this by approaching opportunities with an ope...

Drama / Storytelling Practitioner Call Out / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2023-08-28T00:00:00Z">Mon 28 Aug 2023</span>Drama / Storytelling Practitioner Call Out / Mon 28 Aug 2023

Create, Speak Thrive, Storytelling and/or Drama Artist Call Out Trestle Theatre Company are looking for an extra artist to join us for year 2 of our 2-year project ‘Create, Speak, Thrive: Bringing Words to Life.’ ...

Trestle Creative Projects Workshop Assistant / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2023-07-21T00:00:00Z">Fri 21 Jul 2023</span>Trestle Creative Projects Workshop Assistant / Fri 21 Jul 2023

We are excited to be offering this part-time role in our Creative Projects team to help us deliver both our School of Drama and our Community Groups at Trestle Arts base here in St Albans. Trestle Arts Base is the home o...

My Videos

Trestle Half Masks: Promotional FilmTrestle Half Masks: Promotional Film

As one of the leading Mask Theatre Companies in the world, Trestle's half masks and accompanying workshops are the culmination of many years of work in storytelling with a focus on physicality and visual theatre. “Thi...

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...

Working with Trestle Masks: Skills and IdeasWorking with Trestle Masks: Skills and Ideas

With Trestle Associate Director Oliver Jones Trestle Masks are an exciting addition to any classroom or workshop environment, this short video will introduce you to some of the key ways into working with our three dif...

My Spaces

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 ...

Trestle for BusinessTrestle for Business

We know how important it is to find the right venue for your business event. Whether you are planning a seminar, conference or meeting, Trestle Arts Base is the ideal setting. A unique chapel conversion situated in the t...