Current Project

Trestle

17 - 21 Nov 2020
The Maltings Theatre, St Albans
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A bittersweet comic drama about later life, love and community. And bananas. 

“We’re not here forever. You’ve got to take a chance from time to time. Sometimes you’ve got to see something you like and grab hold. Don’t let it go.”

Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down, his autumn years spent quietly caring for the community he loves. Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. When their paths cross at the village hall, their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably. What do community, growing old, and falling in love really mean? And who gets to decide anyway?

TRESTLE is a warm hearted, funny and moving look at two retired people brought together each week as they fold away a trestle table in their community hall. 

Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize, TRESTLE premiered at Southwark Playhouse, London in 2017 and now comes to The Maltings Theatre under the direction of Off West End Award winner Matthew Parker who returns to direct for OVO following his ★★★★★ debut with HENRY V.

★★★★★ “Thought-provoking, heart-warming” London Theatre 1
★★★★★ “A gem of a play” Rewrite This Story
★★★★ “Brimming with quiet insight and sympathetic humour” The Independent
★★★★ “A stealthy little heartbreaker” The Times
★★★★ “Funny, adorable, elegiac, brimming with gentle humour and bursting with heart” The Stage

BOOK AT http://maltingstheatre.co.uk/trestle

Cast

  • Harry: Chris Pickles
  • Denise: Jilly Bond

Creatives

  • Writer: Stewart Pringle
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Producer: OVO Theatre
  • Designer: Simon Nicholas
  • Costume: Delga Martineau
  • Lighting & Sound: Adam Bottomley