Trestle Theatre Workshop

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Trestle Theatre Workshop
Tue 29Jun
Virtual Event

Exploring Mask & Character Physicality in an Online Space

Facilitator: Trestle Theatre Facilitators

Event time: Tue 29th Jun 2021 at 2:00pm - Tue 29th Jun 2021 at 5:00pm

Trestle Theatre Workshop

Following several months of online and socially distanced working Trestle Theatre Company will be running a 3 – hour practical session Theatre Workshop online. You’ll explore some of the mask and physical theatre techniques from their practice that have worked well online and in a blended / socially distanced classroom or learning environment.

The session will be run on zoom and will be a mix of practical exercises, discussion and sharing resources and approaches.


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At A Glance

  • Explore and get to know Trestle’s Basic mask set and the foundations of mask work
  • Develop your skills in nonverbal communication, action and character physicality
  • Explore ways of working physically online and promoting a safe space for practical work in an online forum

Participants Will Gain

  • A better understanding of mask work and physical theatre
  • The opportunity to learn from Trestle and the other participants practice, share successes and troubleshoot challenges
  • Take away new practical ideas for teaching or working with non-verbal communication and character physicality

Trestle Theatre

Trestle is a mask and physical theatre company; their mission is to inspire creativity through participation and dialogue. They do this by approaching opportunities with an open mind, playful approach and their ever surprising and engaging masks. Trestle have been providing high quality mask theatre, resources and education projects for 40 years. They send their internationally renowned mask sets, hand made at their Arts Base in St Albans, across the world.

Mask, Character and Physicality – Theatre Workshop

Trestle’s CPD courses for drama teachers, professional practitioners and workshop leaders. They provide a unique opportunity to develop teaching and performance skills in mask, half mask and physical theatre. As well as discovering new ways of helping students create dynamic performances.

This Trestle Theatre workshop aims to introduce the basics of mask skill, non-verbal communication and physical characterisation in an open and playful way to stimulate a new perspective on action, intention and character in relation to good storytelling.

Practical Information

Please note that this isn't a webinar and will be expected to take part in the practical elements of the session! Please ensure you have your camera on and audio available. Also note that the session will not be recorded but notes will be provided.

Theatre Workshop

Helen Barnett

Helen Barnett is the Creative Director of Trestle Theatre Company. She joined trestle in March 2017. She trained originally in drama at Loughborough University and went on to gain an MA in Directing from East 15 Acting School including training abroad at GITIS in Moscow. Helen then went on to work as a freelance theatre facilitator and Director working with companies such as The Bush Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre, Polka Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre on various education and outreach projects alongside her role as Artistic Associate with Sphinx Theatre Company. She was also resident associate artist at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton in 2014 and guest lecturer on the third year of the Acting Course at Northampton University before joining Trestle.

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