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New festival celebrates fifteen years of Trestle Arts Base

New festival celebrates fifteen years of Trestle Arts Base

On Bank Holiday Monday 1 May between 2pm - 5pm Trestle opens its doors to launch a month long celebration for the 15th anniversary of Trestle Arts Base. Thanks to support from Arts Council England, the 15Festival brings together some of the best new theatre, dance and film alongside amazing backstage experiences, taster classes and family events for the local community.

Trestle’s new Patron, the award-winning actress and comedian Nina Conti, will be joining them for a unique and intimate performance on Tuesday 23 May. The evening will be an amazing opportunity to see Nina up close, witness new material and experience the unique ventriloquism masks created by Trestle for her most recent international show ‘ In Your Face ’. This evening is about raising funds to help improve Trestle’s beautiful building and ensure it continues to serve the local community for another fifteen years.

Nina ContiThe 15Festival Launch is the perfect way to spend this May Bank Holiday, with an afternoon of free family activities that showcase the inner workings of Trestle Theatre Company and an interactive exhibition that explores the history of events that have happened within Trestle Arts Base since it opened in 2002. The Trestle Arts Base 15Festival will be opened by Mayor Frances Leonard and the afternoon will conclude with a FREE performance of Trestle’s new masked adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, which is currently touring schools across the country.

Throughout the month there will also be the opportunity to see new and exciting performances including Gomito Theatre’s acclaimed show for younger audiences Chester Tuffnut (6 May 1.30pm & 3.30pm), Lost Dog Dance Theatre’s hilarious Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) (17 May, 8pm), Indian Dance and live music from the beautiful Divya Kasturi Dance Company Echo from the Past (20 May, 7pm). Motus Dance, in partnership with Trestle Arts Base, are delighted to be able to showcase four new specially commissioned dance pieces focusing on mental health and well being (21 May, 6.30pm). Proto-Type Theatre join us in St Albans for the first time with A Machine they’re Secretly Building as part of their National Tour (27 May, 7.30pm). There will also be a free screening, in association the The People’s Assembly, of Ken Loach’s critically acclaimed I, Daniel Blake (7 May 6pm) and cult classic To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (28 May, 6pm).

Trestle Arts Base may be best known locally as the host venue for some of the district’s most exciting children's classes and on Saturday 13 May, 10am - 5pm, they are inviting you to come and try them out for free at their '15Festival Funday'. There will be tasters from ((BOUNCE))™ St Albans, ActNow Performing Arts Academy, Creation Station and St Albans Life Drawing as well as guided tours from The Keeper of the Stories (Story Tent’s Kathryn Holt); the day will be a jam packed celebration of some of the best classes around. 

Trestle’s artistic director Emily Gray said: “It’s amazing how much has happened since the building opened back in 2002- we have worked with schools, community groups and a huge array of professional arts companies who have all played their part in bringing life to this beautiful building. Everything Trestle does involves people participating in the arts and celebrating their creativity; we hope to offer a diverse range of events over the 15Festival so that people from all over the district will be able to come and enjoy what we have to offer, as well as telling us what they want to see happening at Trestle Arts Base over the next 15 years.”

Trestle's Gallery Cafe and the 15Festival Exhibition will be open to the public throughout the event for everyone to come and learn more about their work. To find out about the 15Festival or suggest new ideas for the future of Trestle Arts Base, email [email protected] or go to . Tickets must be reserved for all time specific events, please see the website for more details.

by Philip Kenchington, - 27/04/2017 00:00


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