“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?
In its world premiere, Trestle tenderly but truthfully explores love and ageing, asking how we choose to live in the face of soaring life expectancies. It won the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize from over 1000 entries, following in the footsteps of previous Prize-winners who have gone on to win BAFTAs and OffWestEnd Awards and premiere worldwide.
Trestle follows 2016 Papatango Prize winner Orca and 2015 winner Tomcat, both OffWestEnd Award-nominated, in making its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse.
Please note that the matinee performance on Tuesday 21st November is a relaxed performance.
★★★★ “Brimming with quiet insight and sympathetic humour.” The Independent
★★★★ “A stealthy little heartbreaker.” The Times
★★★★ “Stewart Pringle’s Papatango New Writing Prize-winning play makes a big impression.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Sophistication and sensitivity…Powered by two captivating performances, a tender, lovely piece of theatre.” Time Out
★★★★ “Funny, adorable, elegiac, brimming with gentle humour and bursting with heart.” The Stage
★★★★ “Wittily and cleverly written, wonderfully evocative, closely and lovingly observed.” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ “Thought-provoking, clever twists, heart-warming.” London Theatre 1
★★★★★ “A gem of a play…a truly moving piece of theatre.” Rewrite This Story
★★★★ “Touchingly played, remarkable acting, very funny.” Reviews Hub
★★★★ “The sophistication with which the subject is handled is a wonder to behold. A lovely, quiet, intensely thoughtful piece.” Theatre Bubble
“A small but perfectly formed story that has a delicacy and ability to touch your heart that many larger works can only dream of…Yes, this really is a lovely play. It may be small, but it’s really beautiful.” Aleks Sierz
Off-West End Award Nominated
Best Female – Connie Walker
Best Male – Gary Lilburn
Most Promising Playwright – Stewart Pringle
After the matinees on 4 and 18 November, Papatango will be hosting post-show events to discuss submitting scripts, breaking into new writing, and how to enter the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize.
After the show on Monday 6th November join writer Stewart Pringle (former Artistic Director at the Old Red Lion Theatre, winner of the 2016 OffWestEnd Best Artistic Director Award, and now Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre), director Cathal Cleary (JMK Award winner), and Professor Debora Price of Manchester University to discuss the play.
Plus, after the show on Tuesday 7th November there will be a free Post-Show Discussion on grief and loss, with The Loss Foundation’s Dr Erin Hope Thompson. Erin founded The Loss Foundation in 2010, which dedicated to building services to support people when they lose their loved ones to cancer. She was named as one of the 35 top business women under 35 in the UK by Management Today in 2017, and awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, and also works as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS and private sector.
On 20 November there will be a post-show discussion with the writer Stewart Pringle and Dr Kellie Payne, the Research and Policy Manager at the Campaign to End Loneliness, a national Campaign working to increase awareness about loneliness. Kellie’s background is in Cultural Geography and she has been at the Campaign for 2 years
The matinee performance on Tuesday 21st November is a relaxed performance.
A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people.