New programme for Trestle Theatre, St Albans

THE new season at Trestle gets underway next month which will feature what the theatre company describes as some of the country’s finest new and exciting performances.

2012 finds Trestle, which is based in Russet Drive, St Albans, entering a new era with support for its professional programme from St Albans council.

During the first weekend of each month from February, Trestle will feature Saturday shows aimed at an audience of 14-plus and Sunday shows suitable for families.

The season kicks off with critically-acclaimed company Smallpetitklein bringing Falling Man to Trestle on Saturday, February 4. A new programme of dance, it is inspired by Richard Drew’s series of photographs that capture a man falling from the World Trade Centre during the 9/11 attacks.

Hot on its heels the following day will be Backhand Theatre’s The Velveteen Rabbit based on the literary classic by Margery Williams.

In March The Paper Birds will be putting on their show Thirsty based on the nation’s love affair with alcohol while Gomito Productions return with their new show The Alchemystorium, a curious romance which features silent physical comedy, visuals and puppetry.

Total Theatre award-winners Idle Motion bring their show The Vanishing Horizon to Trestle on Saturday, March 31. Using luggage, maps and paper aeroplanes, the show moves from the pioneers of aviation to one woman’s discovery of her past.

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April is marked by a visit from Lyngo Theatre with its production Snow Play starring Patrick Lynch from CBeebies while in May, emerging company Delirium makes its debut with Go to your God like a Soldier, set in Afghanistan, which tells the story of four soldiers and the complex bonds between them.

Cube Essential Theatre will be performing Ben Oldfield’s adaptation of Pinocchio featuring puppetry and original music on May 6.

The season culminates in June with The New Art Club performing their compilation show Big Bag of Boom and Peut-etre Theatre recounting the musical journey of a father and daughter who let their imagination run away with them.

For more information and bookings, contact the box office on 01727 850950 or visit