Straight from the donkey’s mouth

DUSTING off its magic carpet next Sunday, September 26, will be the Trestle Arts Base in St Albans which is hosting Arabian Nights - The Lost Tales of Sheherazade.

The Theatre of Widdershins are returning to the theatre in Russet Drive with a show which features genies, camels, flying carpets and suspicious ne’er-do-wells.

Three lost tales of Sheherezade will be recounted - one hauled from the bottom of a fish-filled ocean, one from the roasting path of the Silk Road and the third straight from the donkey’s mouth.

The show, which is aimed at children aged five and above, features lavish colours and textures from the Beds-based theatre company which has been bringing innovative puppetry to theatres and communities across the UK for over 15 years.

Tickets for the two performances - the first at 2pm and the second at 4.30pm - are �8 for adults, �6 concessions and a �25 family ticket, available from the box office on 01727 850950 or online at

n Trestle is joining forces with emerging company Blindeye to put on the UK premiere of Burn my Heart based on the acclaimed award-winning novel by Beverley Naidoo.

Burn my Heart, which is being previewed at Trestle next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 21 and 22, explores the impact of the Mau Mau uprising and ensuing state of emergency in colonial Kenya.

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Against that backdrop the lives of two boys are changed forever as their friendship and loyalty are blown apart by fear and betrayal.

The production will be touring the country throughout October and early November including two additional performances at Trestle on October 16 and 18. Further details can be found at