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Project information

New Trestle Theatre Mask Performance/Production

To create a new theatre production using Trestle’s newly developed Half Mask Sets. Developing a regional tour, utilising Trestle’s vast educational experience to allow access to the arts through workshops and outreach within local communities, introducing new audiences to Mask and Physical Theatre.

January 2014 - January 2015

Charity information: Trestle Theatre Company

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  • Need


    Trestle has been creating high quality Touring Theatre since 1981. In 2010 the Company lost Arts Council RFO status and funding. Since then their ability to create new touring work has been hindered, resulting in fewer people having access to the arts. The creation of a new mask theatre performance and a regional tour; with a focus on local communities with little arts engagement, will ensure a new generation of inspired theatre audiences.


    Trestle’s strategy to approaching this project is to develop a new way of delivering performance work. Creating a high quality piece of Mask Theatre combined with practical educational involvement with its audiences. Enabling individuals and organisations the opportunity to engage and participate with the project in the context of a professional arts environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a new piece of Mask Theatre and Educational Programme to tour the UK in 2015


    » Build on the existing residency at York Theatre Royal to create a new model of touring
    » Run ten Mask Theatre workshops for local/regional schoolchildren, the content of which will help inform the professional performance.
    » Be demand led, by people with traditionally low engagement in arts, as well as those keen to be involved
    » Deliver teacher and practitioner training throughout the project

    What success will look like

    Success will be confirming the UK tour and rolling out the model to further communities within the UK

  • Impact


    This project will have developed artists, trained up facilitators and mask actors. Engaged schools and communities who have been part of the creative process. Reached people and places not yet engaged with the arts. Built in sustainability in terms of the resource of the masks plus training. Created a digital record of input into the show and its impact. Created a show ready to tour in a new model. Developed audiences through involving them in the creation of a piece.


    There is a risk that venues and organisations may not support the new touring model, to counter this risk we have already begun talks with a number of UK venues and festivals including The Egg in Bath, York Theatre Royal and Bristol Old Vic.


    Donors to this project will receive invitations to workshops and performances and receive regular project updates via email. Donors will also get the opportunity to visit Trestle Arts Base and experience how Trestle Masks are made.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Artistic Director Training/directing artists & developing and facilitating participation programme
      £5,500 Associate Director Assisting & supporting the Artistic Director
      £5,500 Creative Team Artists, facilitators and performers to deliver work
      £4,500 Development Research and developing outreach and ensuring legacy of project
      £2,000 Marketing Reaching target communities and promoting and raising awareness
      £5,000 Travel & Accommodation To support working away from home & project tour
      £10,000 Residency at York Theatre Royal

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    York Theatre Royal £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project will take place all over the UK focusing on areas and communities with little or no access and engagement with the arts. Exact locations will be confirmed as the project moves forward.


    The primary beneficiaries would be residents local to the event/performance and through their participation the wider communities around them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Trestle has been touring mask and physical theatre across the world since 1981; the Company delivers creative learning and professional training from its home at Trestle Arts Base, nationally and internationally. Cross-cultural collaboration lies at the heart of the work and Trestle’s masks enable the Company to engage with people and make physical theatre accessible and playful anywhere in the world.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emily Gray (Artistic Director)

    Emily has extensive experience in directing mask and physical theatre and in devising and delivering workshops

    Audrie Woodhouse (Associate Director)

    Specialising in mask and physical theatre, Audrie will be assisting Emily whilst studying for her PHD in Trestle Masks at York University.

    Annie Robertson

    With a background in education and drama, Annie will be ensuring the smooth delivery of the project and managing relationships and participation